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Japan Food Diary – Tokyo Part 1

Osaka may be the kitchen of Japan but Tokyo is the true mecca for foodies. As a friend once quipped: you can’t find lousy food in Tokyo even if you tried. That is, unless you are really unlucky or lazy. Then you may find yourself chomping down mediocre […]

Japan Food diary – Kansai

Osaka is often dubbed the kitchen of Japan. Unfortunately, our stay in Osaka last year was brief and hectic so we couldn’t explore the kitchen properly. The only food we have lingering memories of is the Okonomiyaki – savory pancake stuffed with vegetables, meat, egg and sometimes noodles, […]

Trapped on a Watery Hellhole Named Fansipan

Expectation WAS The Root of All Heartache When we got to Sapa (1500m), it was foggy, rainy and cold. Brown rivulets flowed constantly on the roads from construction materials stacked by the roadside, from heaps of rubbish emitting a kind of smell even in that weather. Hardly the tranquil, […]

Hike Mt Shirouma

  We’d heard there is snow to be seen, even in the throes of summer.  The Daisekkei 大雪渓 beckons, a 3.5 km snow & ice corridor stretching from the belly of the mountain to the summit (with a vertical span of 600m). It is the main reason why many hikers are […]