• Places where we learn how to be human, again

    I have not been to that many countries just yet. Those that I have been to, some I like, some I dislike. Some places, they change the way how I am, how I behave, how I see life differently. When I was in Japan, I realised just how small we are, insignificant in many things, and how then from the insignificant, we could work together, making the nation great. Japanese are clean (in general) and generally minding their own business. During the train rides in Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka as well as Nagoya, I seldom hear any sound, other than from the train. It is just quiet. People respect the spaces…

  • Holy City

    We were at Vatican City of Christian in 2017. 2019, we arrived at Pushkar, The Holy City of Hindus, in Rajasthan. While planning out our itinerary with the guides, we spoke about our interest in arts, cultural and religions. Not that we are super religious, as we love to visit places of worship for various religions, whenever we can. So the guide suggested Rajasthan with an itinerary to visit Brahma Temple, which is located at the Holy City of Hindus. According to Wikipedia, it is a pilgrimage site for Hindus and Sikhs. Therefore the city forbids consumption of meats and alcohol. Pushkar is popular for its Pushkar Fair, an annual…

  • Adhere 13th Blues Bar

    We met our friend in Bangkok in our recent trip at Adhere 13th Blues Bar, which is located at Samsen Road.  We had hard time searching for it, as our Grab driver dropped us 150 meters away from the bar. Adhere 13th Blues Bar is located just opposite a flyover bridge.  You would see an old junk shop and probably confused over the entrance.  However, no fret, it is just next to the junk shop.  It is a narrow shop lot, with small stools for the patrons to enjoy the music.  It is best you get there earlier, as the place filled up very fast.  Adhere 13th Blues Bar is…

  • 你来, 汝来

    Have passed by Nilai many times, coming here, never. So I was there with the twins, as they were attending workshops in Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM) over the weekend. Of course I would take the opportunities to explore the town, through the chatting with the local as well as photography. We had some ok-ish food in Nilai.  Our colleagues told us plenty of food here, I Google-d, found some, but not the sort I like. So the weekend when we were in Nilai was also the time of the university convocation. I did not see many parents around, thought I could photograph them there.  In fact I seen none.…

  • Lukut before PD

    With the many things twins have to bring back to school, I offered them a ride back to their hostel on Sunday evening. We stopped by 1 place recommended by the school’s principal for quick bite. Over the school holiday, the very nice principal recommended few food places in Lukut and Port Dickson, I have passed by some of them, never knowing that the hidden germs these places are (ha ha). So, we were at Ah Boy Siew Yok (roast pork), which was just opened when we got there.  I could see some parents and students from twins school already there (how fast!). Waited in line patiently to order the…

  • “Fast & safety first, sir” our tuk-tuk rides in Sri Lanka

    Taken from lonelyplanet. Under new rules planned for 2018, working meters will become mandatory for all passenger three-wheelers, and a national three-wheeler regulatory authority will be established to give passengers recourse in the event of fare disputes. At the same time, a new programme will train tuk-tuk drivers as tourist guides, with the aim of finally delivering the ‘tourist-friendly tuk-tuks’ that the government has been promising since 2009. As part of the project, tuk-tuks carrying tourists will be licensed by the Sri Lanka Tourist Development Authority and required to sign up to official standards, including a requirement to display the name and address details for the driver prominently in the…

  • 東京へようこそ

    The last time Retna and I were in Tokyo was in 2013, when we came to experience Japan for the first time.  I came to Nagoya and Kyoto in 2014 for work. While I really love Japan, I could not find enough reason to come back.  However, since Taipei, Hong Kong were not on the interest of the children, and we took them to Rome, and told them so much about Japan experience, they asked us, let’s do Japan. We arrived at Tokyo after a few movies that I watched and had really good laugh during the flight, until the twins told me, I have to lower my laugh. November…