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Hike Mt Houou

After Typhoon Lan, a day of perfect weather   The gamble paid off. A day earlier, we queued for over an hour at the Kanazawa JR ticket office because some shinkansen lines were stalled due to Typhoon Lan. We were skeptical that the weather would really be fine like mountain-forecast.com predicted but […]

Hike Paradiso

As Close As One Can Get  100km away from Torino, along highway 50, there was a chain of lakes nestled deep in the mountains – the target. From the village of Locana, it’s only 40km but almost a 2000m ascent. As we turned the corner of yet another […]

Yogyakarta in 4 days

Yogyakarta is quite a mouthful. So call it ‘Jog-ja’ if you will, as the locals do. Yogyakarta? Where? Jogja lies in the centre-south of Java island; Java in turn is located in the centre of the arc of islands that collectively forms Indonesia (around 17,000+ islands, still validating). […]

The Reflection vs Full Metal Panic!

I had high hopes for the Reflection. Because the title sounds quite cool. But after going through 4 episodes of Reflection (and reflecting), I suddenly developed an urge to re-watch Full Metal Panic! (FMP). Both are stories of characters who acquired special powers from a once-in-a-life-time-freak-event. But the similarity […]