Samurai to Soft Toy Jan09

Samurai to Soft Toy

Japan-From Samurai to Soft Toy: The transformation of Lord Date Masamune: He ruled much of northeastern Japan with an iron fist 400 years ago, a one-eyed warlord whose black helmet topped with a golden crescent struck fear into the hearts of his enemies. Today, Lord Date Masamune is a...

Old Naxi Orchestra Nov19

Old Naxi Orchestra

China- Old Naxi Orchestra. (Continued from Bai tribe of Dali.) After leaving Dali, I arrived at Lijiang. Lijiang is a colourful and delightful old town filled with waterways and bridges. With a history of more than 800 years, it is the home of the Naxi people. Other than the unique...

Bai tribe of Dali Nov07

Bai tribe of Dali

China- Bai tribe of Dali. (Continued from Up on moonhill.) From the top of moonhill, I moved on towards the city of Dali. Dali is an old city with lovely stone walls, imposing gates and pagodas. It used to be the ancient capital of the Bai Kingdom Nanzhao and subsequently, the Kingdom of...

Up on moonhill Oct24

Up on moonhill

China- Up on moonhill. (Continued from Ancient stone town.) Back from the ancient stone town, I set off to explore the Yang Shuo on bicycle. I have joined a group of travelers along with their local host. Cycling on the long winding roads between the endless giant Karst mountains, I felt very...

Nice People Oct18

Nice People

Japan- Nice People in a Nice City: Tokyo station is an interchange between 5 train lines. At non-peak hours, the crowd is confusing. At peak hours, the crowd is suffocating. At 10.30 pm, I cannot tell whether it is still peak hours or not. And Tokyo station is not even the busiest...

Village life & music Oct10

Village life & ...

Indonesia- Village life & music On one of my trips to Java island of Indonesia, I went to stay in a small city called Cianjur. There was nothing too remarkable about it. Perhaps that is why I chose to go there; to experience nothing remarkable but a simple life. In fact I would go as far...

Ancient stone town Oct03

Ancient stone town

China- Ancient stone town. (Continued from The unusual fisherman.) I heard about an ancient stone town (石头城) that is not too far away from Yang Shuo. Everything is made of stones and apparently, there are magnificent stone gates and scenery. Tempted, I postponed my bicycle exploration...

Unusual Fisherman Sep26

Unusual Fisherman

China- The Unusual Fisherman. (Continued from Retracing the footsteps of my grandfather (Part 2).) I’m on the road again. Slowly but surely, I head overland towards the Silk Road in a north-western direction. I left Kai Ping and my next stop is Guilin & Yang Shuo. Somewhere...

Retracing footsteps2 Sep20

Retracing footsteps2

China- Retracing the footsteps of my grandfather (Part 2). (Continued from Retracing the footsteps of my grandfather.) 2 hours after leaving Guang Zhou, I reached Kaiping. Near Kaiping in the rural areas of Guang Dong Province, there are clusters of small villages and watchtowers also known...

Retracing the footsteps of my grandfather Sep13

Retracing the footst...

China- Retracing the footsteps of my grandfather. (Continued from In the beginning) I board on a bus and left Macau with great anticipation. This is my first visit to Mainland China, the land where my grandfather and ancestors come from. Specifically, my grandfather came from Guangdong...