Bangkok 2019

Moment of truth   I felt it immediately when I stepped into Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport: how aged it had become (and it was only 12 years old)!  Whatever happened while I was not looking? 2012 was my last trip and like all the trips before that, the taxi was […]

Hong Kong 2018

Hello again, Wan Chai  Wan Chai 灣仔 is like an old friend – one I always visit whenever I am in Hong Kong. Wan Chai’s appeal is multifold. It is far from the maddening crowds of Central yet not too estranged from all the action. Stay options are […]

Takaragawa Onsen

Like a virgin Since 2010, together with my running buddies, we have been making yearly trips to Japan and onsens always feature prominently in our itineraries. Takaragawa Onsen was one of the first they visited. I wasn’t with them at that time but they made sure I became […]

All the ‘Men’ We Ate in Kyushu

Can’t last a day without Men (麺) When in Japan, you can’t not eat ‘men’. There are all kinds of men in Japan. Ramen. Soba. Udon. Instant. Bespoke. Have them hot, in boiled savoury soup, or eat them cold/dry, dipping them in sauce/soup. Or fried – with vegetables/meat/seafood. Recently, […]