Category: Travel

A weekend trip to Saigon

Posted by – October 5, 2016

A weekend trip to Saigon , September 2016

Ho Chi Minh city does not have subways but it is the home to about 8 million people as of 2016. According to a signage on the street, It seems that Japan is helping it to build its subway, and the famous Japanese department store Takashimaya also has its branch, where you will see lots of Japanese and international food and products.

Once again, I saw another southern east country that is under heavy influence of Japan. No wonder that I stumbled into many Japanese wives of expat(駐在員)



Through a conversation with a local, I heard some interesting anecdote about the men’s mentality towards women’s sexual experiences. For example, many Vietnamese guys prefer to marry a virgin , they will be upset if they discover that the bride is not virgin. So many girls here thrive to keep their virginity.

I didn’t know that Vietnam is one of the biggest coffee bean producers until I hit the famous Bến Thành Market and found myself surrounded by numerous coffee bean stalls. I bought a few Vietnamese coffee beans in the market, and I will try them out with my Mazzer machine in Singapore.


I discovered some new fruit that might be unique to Vietnam. For example, Sapoche smoothie, and Mia Lau tea and a lime smoothie which is very tasty and refreshing!


And for the first time, I learnt how a papaya tree look like in Vietnam


Since, there are currently no subway. The scoot-like motorbikes are like streams on the street , they are ubiquitous, rampant and never stop even in the middle of the night. Check out this video below:

Vietnamese cuisine is amazing. I fell in love with it . The food is affordable, healthy and tasty, compared to the food in Singapore anyway. Meals usually include fresh herbs and veggies. Apart from the famous Vietnamese phô , which can be found in other countries. I tried many dishes that I have never seen in my life before


This is a desert. It may look not as sophisticated and pretty as western desert, but it is simple, primitive but yummy and healthy. It suits my Asian tongue well.


Food in Vietnam

Posted by – September 27, 2016

Despite that I have to give up my vegetarian diet for 3 days, food in Saigon is cheap and incrediblely tasty and pleasant for my tongue. I tried so many tasty food that I never had in my life.

The broth they made is very tasty.  I gave up 3 days of my vegetarian diet to try the local food, I still do not like the meat in it. Actually, I got a bit “drunk” – some strange reaction from my body, radish on my skin (maybe allergy). Nevertheless, I recovered from that in an hour or so. I especially loved the spring roll with vegetables.


Vietnamese food


3万円台 航空券+ホテル代 海外旅行!

Posted by – February 4, 2016

日本で海外旅行、航空券+ホテル代込3万円みでは ー ありえないでしょう。シンガポールに住んっている人々はもし旅行するは、基本てき海外旅行。しかも 東南アジア諸国に行くのはめちゃめちゃ安いです!



Nations who do not need visa entering China

Posted by – February 20, 2015

Last night, a friend of Sayaka who is currently working in China as an English teacher, complained the Chinese working visa process for foreigner is bloody cumbersome, and even getting a tourist visa is expensive.

I joshed a bit, “Getting a Japanese passport! They don’t need visa to go to China”. Then her jaw dropped! “Seriously? Are you kidding!”

I know I am not kidding. Oddly enough, the Chinese government opened up its gate to the tourist from the following countries without any inspections.

Amafanyun Hangzhou

Posted by – May 5, 2014


Many people probably know the famous Buddhist temple – Lingyin Temple (灵隐寺).   But not many know that there is an hidden village next to it. It is renewed and opened to public by Amanresorts, a hotel group founded by a Indonesia business man Adrian Zecha. The village is an incredible tranquil Buddhist valley – Amafanyun (阿曼法云) in Hangzhou, compared to the bustling world in China. Approximately one hour drive from my home, Jiaxing, it is a fantastic place for meditation during your weekend.
This place is magic, making you feel like time-traveling to ancient China hundreds of years ago.

The food was fresh and, I must say “elegant”, particularly at the Buddhist vegetarian restaurant (斋菜馆).

Victoria Peak (Tai Pin Shan)

Posted by – August 5, 2012

I am at the top of the Mountain Austin, which is surrounded by an area of super rich residential where HongKong tycoons live.

Hong Kong’s skyscrapers are not so high from this Angle.


Ukai Toriyama

Posted by – May 26, 2012

Since the treat from my boss to celebrate the initial release of our company’s product in this amazing traditional Japanese restaurant not far away from Tokyo (approximatley 1.5 hours), I have been taken several friends traveling to Japan to this place called “Ukai toriyama”(うかい鳥山)

This is the place almost every foreigner visiting Japan would love, for its magical and wonderful decoration representing traditional Japanese garden. Thus, I highly recommended it to anyone who wants to experience some unique Japanese restaurants with great food.


As you can see from the below picture, rush ruffled private dining houses are scattered within the lushly mature and immaculately manicured Japanese gardens. When you walk into these gardens, you will feel like being dropping into history.




They have different courses covering all kinds of traditional Japanese food. Each course is presented as the art whilst you behold the koi swimming in the pond right outside your dining house. The food tastes divine.





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The photos below are ones with my Chinese friends visiting it second time in 2014, where we celebrate two couples having their first baby.








The Japanese Saki should be a must-to-order in your drink menu.



Hokkaido Trip

Posted by – February 9, 2012

We visited Hokkaido in Feburary, where there was a snow festival in Sapporo. It was my first time to Hokkaido, as well as first time doing snowboarding there. The snow was indeed as most people say, fluffy, and you don’t have to worry about too much if you fall down.




You can’t miss the Sashimi there as my friends insisted. Well, it does look really fresh but also “RAW” and “FISHY”. If you are not used to raw fish. I would only recommend try small amount of these seafood first to see whether your stomach could handle it.





And the Sapporo Clock Tower , which is and landmark for Sapporo and must-visit spot for Japanese people, although I didn’t find it so interesting. I guess the reason that Japanese people are so attracted to it is the european style of the building where the clock is.




New Year vocation – Indonesia

Posted by – January 4, 2012

I would like to really thank you Takanobu and his friend in Bali – Suzie, who had made this Indonesia trip so fun and great! Had not you guided us in Bali, we would have not found these nice spots so easily. I landed the famous tourist island – Bali,  a place where you can see both well-developed western standard restaurants and bars and poor local house. Thanks to its unique geographic position and , it is a popular holiday destination for Australian and its Asian neighbour, as well as tropical beach lovers from Europe and North America.


These western standard bars can be found every nook and cranny on the island, where the same price tag is expected when back to your home country and where local people are rarely seen in these bars.

This beach is heaven for surfers. Suzie and I in this photo was taken by Takanobu.




Then, we forayed into the inner part of the island, finding ourselves emerge into some tropical forest, where you can find these old Hindu temples, which are preserved well. According to Suzie, Ninety per cent of Balinese are Hindu. Wild animals are also well protected by the local law. As you can see, the monkey below in the pictures are not in a zoo, by the way.



Breakthrough of my Snowboarding Skills

Posted by – March 5, 2011

It’s my third year doing snowboarding in Japan, and it becomes much fun after you can balance your body not falling over. Occasionally, even if you fall over, it does not hurt so much anymore.
Japan is one of the best countries for snowboarding lovers, where there is a load of snowboarding resorts, with easy access from Tokyo. The temperature on these moutains usually is not too low so you can enjoy the sport, not worrying too much about the cold weather.



Okinawa in winter

Posted by – February 19, 2010

First trip to okinawa is in winter. Unfortunately, the weather was cloudy, so I could not get some good photos of the sea. However, the Shisa (シーサー), the traditional Ryukyuan decoration, can be seen everywhere. Shisa is believed to protect from evils in Okinawa. Shisa to me, it’s more like a smaller version of the Chinese guardian lions. Some photos that I am happy with are here.










France vacation

Posted by – October 20, 2009

Bonjour !
I am back from France. It was a great holiday – yummy food, spectacular views and lovely weather. The Olive there is amazingly tasty! I start eating Olive almost every week after I come back!

Friendly people, a surprise to some people. Yes the people I met in France are very friendly despite that they try to teach you how to speak French from time to time, something I would love to do at certain point in the future.

I am absolutely astonished by the beauty of the nature in France. I have never seen such a blue sky in my life. (Hey, please don’t laugh, I am from China).

I took this picture below in South France. This photos is not edited by any software. It is almost hard to believe the sky can be so blue for people like me from China.

The Blue Sky in France

Almost everything is *old* in France. Oh, Maybe I shall use the word Vintage. Historical buildings and museums are well preserved. I stayed one night at my friend’s house that was built about 200 years ago. The owner of the house is a young couple, which I can’t imagine in China.

People live in totally different lifestyles compared to the ones here in Tokyo. We went to forests to hunt a mushroom for dinner! We went to climb a mountain that has no route.

I saved my friend Anthony s life there, by the way, which he never admit.

I would like to really thank to my friend Steve. He took us to a lot places with his car. The Castle, the wine, the blue sky. It’s the best holiday for me so far!

Bonne nuit!