Osaka Part 2: A Dive Into The Kaiyukan

MARCH 2008… I thought the Osaka Aquarium, also known as the Kaiyukan, deserved a piece on its own with all the fantastic pictures I took. I’m not an expert on ocean life, so honestly, all aquariums look more or less the same to me – aka a place to see fish. But I still like… Continue reading Osaka Part 2: A Dive Into The Kaiyukan

Osaka Part 1: A City With Character

MARCH 2008… Osaka is somewhat similar to Tokyo, yet different. It is also a major city (the third largest in Japan), but it has less of the modern skyscrapers and less of the sometimes-oppressing crowds. Instead, its pace is more moderate, its buildings more traditional and you actually feel like you have some space to… Continue reading Osaka Part 1: A City With Character

A Mosaically Perfect Fit

The Mermaid Lagoon at Tokyo DisneySea.

When I first saw this mosaic creation, I thought to myself: Hey, I can do that! All I have to do is buy some colourful (cheap) ceramic plates, smash them into pieces and then piece them back together. Who knows, it could be my first breakthrough as a mosaic artist!

But then things got complicated once I started to think about how I was actually going to do it. Like, how do I smash the plates into the correct shapes and sizes? Do I use a hammer? Throw them against the wall? And then, how do I make sure they would fit back together nicely? That would take some intense maths calculation right… or is it physics? As if right on cue, my head started to hurt. Guess it’s harder than it looks.

Well, so much for being a mosaic artist. I shall just be content with admiring this mosaic art from the Mermaid Lagoon at Tokyo DisneySea. Although maybe I could still smash some plates for fun. It does look like a good way to destress…

Read more about my trip to Tokyo DisneySea in:
Tokyo Part 3: Adventure at DisneySea

Tokyo Part 3: Adventure at DisneySea

MARCH 2008 After some healing time at Hakone, it was time for some adventure. My friend wasn’t interested in theme parks, so I made my way to DisneySea myself. DisneySea is one of the two theme parks at the Tokyo Disney Resort, the other being Disneyland. I have never been to Disneyland either, but since… Continue reading Tokyo Part 3: Adventure at DisneySea

Tokyo Part 2: Healing At Hakone

MARCH 2008… For our first excursion out of Tokyo, we headed to Hakone, a town on the outskirts of Tokyo. It was easy to get there with the direct train from Shinjuku Station in Tokyo, which took about 90 minutes. Alternatively, there is a shorter 55-minute route by Shinkansen and local train for those pressed… Continue reading Tokyo Part 2: Healing At Hakone

Tokyo Part 1: Warm At Heart

MARCH 2008… Mention Japan and the first thing that comes to my mind is food – Sushi, sashimi, ramen, teppanyaki and the list goes on. Japanese cuisine is varied and always delicious, its popularity evident in the fact that it can be found in many parts of the world. There’s really nothing bad to say… Continue reading Tokyo Part 1: Warm At Heart

Hong Kong: Too Fast, Too Furious

JULY 2007… One of the things I remembered most about Hong Kong was the weather. Or rather, the dismal weather. Granted, it was a stopover trip and I didn’t choose the best season to visit but I never thought I would find a more humid city than my own. It was July (read: summer), the… Continue reading Hong Kong: Too Fast, Too Furious

Classic B&W Charm

Street view of San Francisco, USA.

Sometimes the best photos are the ones I didn’t mean to take. Like during an aimless walk around the city and getting lost while doing it. Like while following an uphill path for no good reason. Like while peering down random streets from the unexpected vantage points (because it hadn’t been my intention to climb the hill).

Thanks to the brilliant world of free photo editors and filters, my random city shot of San Francisco turned into a classic-looking black and white masterpiece (well, sort of). Looks like anyone can pretend to be a photographer these days.

Read more about my trip to San Francisco in:
San Francisco Part 1: A Cosy Coastal City

San Francisco Part 3: Sonoma & Yosemite

JUNE 2007… For our next trip out of San Francisco, we didn’t have to cycle our way there. Nope, it’s too far to peddle all the way there actually, so we took a bus instead. There are many locations just beyond San Francisco that are perfect for an excursion or day trip. These are the… Continue reading San Francisco Part 3: Sonoma & Yosemite

San Francisco Part 2: Cycling The Golden Gate Bridge

JUNE 2007… If you noticed the blatant absence of the Golden Gate Bridge in my previous article, that’s because I saved it for this piece instead. In an out-of-character “adventure”, I rode a bike across the Golden Gate Bridge. Why did I even do it in the first place? That’s because I was a freeloader… Continue reading San Francisco Part 2: Cycling The Golden Gate Bridge