5 transportation I took during my travels

I rarely take taxis when travelling. One main reason is that I am stingy thrifty. The other reason is that it’s more interesting to take the public transport and see how the locals travel. Train in Yogyakarta The ladies-only carriage was among the Top 10 Things I Love about Central Java D and I were travelling from Jogja to Solo on the local train. Some … Continue reading 5 transportation I took during my travels

6 tips for a pleasant budget flight

Once you go budget, you never go back. Unless you have lots of money that is. I’m a big fan of budget airlines, although I don’t like the hidden charges they secretly add on while you book. The longest budget flight I’ve taken was the now-defunct Kuala Lumpur-Paris route. Thank goodness I was sleepy both ways and was deep asleep during the 14 hours trip. … Continue reading 6 tips for a pleasant budget flight

Why you should visit an Olympic host city post-Games

What’s the first thing that comes to you mind when you see the word “Olympic city”? Is it buff sports people, sportmanship, patriotism, world peace? For me, the first thing that comes to my mind is: CROWDS. I hate crowds. So there’s no way that I would visit an Olympic host city during the games. So I’ve compiled five reasons we should visit a post-Olympic … Continue reading Why you should visit an Olympic host city post-Games

Splurging on musicals and performances

I’ve been known to be a penny pincher during my regular days. While I don’t become worse when travelling, I do keep an eye on my budget. Fortunately, I am not too sporty so I do not spend my extra budget on anything that requires me to move my arms or legs too much. (Cycling does not really count as exercise as it is considered … Continue reading Splurging on musicals and performances

Travelling back in time at Jidai Matsuri

When AirAsia was having a promotion for Japan in February last year, I chose to travel in mid-October, thinking I might catch the red leaves season. Unfortunately, I was too early for the red leaves. Fortunately, I was in time for the Jidai Matsuri, a Japanese festival I have been hoping to catch for a long long time. Jidai Matsuti, or the Festival of the … Continue reading Travelling back in time at Jidai Matsuri

Mid-year review of my 2012 travel resolutions

It’s the end of June and time for a mid-year review of my travel KPIs, and revise my KPIs for the rest of the year. (This sentence sound too depressingly like work.) My travel resolutions set at the beginning of the year were: 1. Make flight bookings to Thailand and the Phillipines –>Bangkok’s ticket is set. But I’ve ran out of leave for P’pines 2. … Continue reading Mid-year review of my 2012 travel resolutions

YQ’s travel resolution for 2012

Directions to a Malay wedding I wonder how many people actually keep to their new year resolutions. I see them as sort of a pointer for the year but sometimes we don’t really need to follow them exactly to get somewhere. Here are my travel resolutions for 2012 Make flight bookings to Thailand and the Phillipines -I haven’t visited these two neighboring countries yet so … Continue reading YQ’s travel resolution for 2012

Homeless

“Anyway, home is where you feel at home. I’m still looking.” Holly Golightly, Breakast at Tiffany’s Same as Holly Golightly, I’m still searching for home. “Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia” is the location where my passport was issued. It was the place where I sepnt 19 years growing up and learning about life. If home is where your family is, I’ve been away since January 2, 2011. … Continue reading Homeless

What travel means to me in one word

ESCAPE During my trip in Paris, I had an unhealthy obsession with escape signs. I didn’t really know why I felt compelled to take photos of every exit sign I see and to seek escape signs where I can’t see them. In the description of a Facebook photo album titled Escape in France (related photos here), I wrote: I discovered that I’m actually very fascinated … Continue reading What travel means to me in one word

Long live Vietnamese coffee

Vietkopi

The first time I had Vietnamese coffee was in My Tho, the hometown of N. Before the trip, I was already a coffee junkie, requiring one cup of coffee with milk each day or else I’ll feel a headache coming up.

Before the trip, I’ve read about Vietnamese coffee. Butter roasted, dripped through a metal filter into condensed milk. I figured it would taste the same as the regular coffee in Malaysia or Singapore since we use condensed milk too.

I waited for the cup of coffee to finish filtering and stirred in my condensed milk.

I lifted the cup and took a zip, then frowned. Continue reading “Long live Vietnamese coffee”