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

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#FoodFri My love affair with Japanese food

When I was a kid, having Japanese food was a rare treat. The Japanese restaurant that my family goes to most often started its business when I was just in high school. The place was different from the usual rowdy Chinese restaurants and had beautiful finished puzzles of Japanese beauties on the wall. Each university vacation, my parents would take the family to the Japanese … Continue reading #FoodFri My love affair with Japanese food

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

Money saving tips for San Francisco

Before I went to the US, I thought travelling there would be really expensive. But I realized that budget travel in San Francisco is possible after spending 8 nights in The City as a side trip of a business event. While I’m not The Frugal Traveler, for the trip, my goal was to spend less than US$100 a day, including accommodation. I think I might … Continue reading Money saving tips for San Francisco