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Mountainous Seoul

September 30th, 2008 by

Seoul MountainsThere is always something interesting to do in Seoul. If you have grown tired of shopping, shopping, more shopping, or seeing the more touristy sites like royal palaces, etc., one thing new that you can most certainly try is to do a little bit of mountain-hopping in Seoul.

The vibrant and colourful city of Seoul is not only surrounded by towering concrete buildings but by majestic mountains as well. These mountains of Seoul have played a very important role in helping Seoul protect itself and its people from all forms of foreign invasions and even rebel forces that attempt to break Seoul’s barriers. And still up to this day, the overpowering mountains that overlook the bustling city serve an important military purpose that cannot be ignored.

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Mount Wudang – Birthplace Of Wudang Kung Fu

September 29th, 2008 by

Mount WudangIt is the birthplace of a renowned form of martial arts. Many Chinese kung fu movies are set within its many monasteries, training grounds, and temples. A popular hip-hop group, Wu-Tang Clan, was inspired by its beautiful fighting styles. This is Mount Wudang.

Located northwest of Hubei Province, Mount Wudang is the most famous Taoist Holy Place in China and the birthplace of Wudang School of Kung Fu. Contained in an area of 321 sq. Km., Mount Wudang is a picturesque mountainscape ponds,  springs, wells, platforms, pools, stones, caves, cliffs and peaks. Furthermore, it is home to an intricate complex of temples, monasteries, and pathways, all built to blend with their environment to create a seamless harmony of nature and man-made constructs.

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Suginami Animation Museum In Anime Town

September 27th, 2008 by

Suginami-ku, Tokyo, the location for many companies related to animation production, is known as an anime town. The Suginami Animation Museum is a center that provides a fun and systematic way to learn, experience, and understand anime. In addition to diverse exhibits on the history of Japanese anime, an anime production workplace, and the latest digital production technology, the museum also invites professional creators to give talks, and organizes workshops where you can actually experience producing anime. Moreover, in the library filled with a rich collection of anime-related materials, you can browse through books and watch DVDs.

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Science Is Fun At The Singapore Science Center

September 26th, 2008 by

Singapore Science CenterIf you find yourself in Singapore, I highly suggest that you make it a point to stop by the Singapore Science Center where you are assured to of a day filled with discovery, wonder, adventure and fun. Yup, you’ve read that right. FUN!

The highly acclaimed Science Center and Museum was established back in 1977 and has been known to be an institution that is committed to increasing awareness of science of technology. It has a remarkable display of over 1000 interactive exhibits that touch on various fields like robotics, astronomy, aviation, the human body, etc. which all aim to show how wonderful science really is. Aside from being educational, these interactive exhibits are quite entertaining as well. There are videos to watch, experiments to try, and displays to tinker with.

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Ten Tips For Drinking In Asia

September 25th, 2008 by

Alcoholic beverages are great ways to wind down, to celebrate a successful business transaction, or to socialize with new friends. Some social groups even require drinking from their potential associates, as a test of personality or just a ritual for joining the group. But Asian drinking etiquette differs from country to country, and Westerners may easily commit a grievous faux pas by failing to abide by the manners of their Eastern counterparts (and over-imbibing on the local brew won’t help matters).

Drinking in Asia

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Fukuoka: A Cradle Of Culture

September 24th, 2008 by

The View at the top of Fukuoka TowerFukuoka is situated in the northern part of Kyushu, facing the Sea of Suo to the northeast, the Sea of Genkai to the northwest, and the Sea of Ariake to the southwest. As the prefecture borders the Korean Peninsula to the continent of China with a strait in between, Fukuoka was the first place in Japan to be exposed to the culture of the continent. Ever since the Government-General of Kyushu, Dazaifu, was set up in the 7th century, Fukuoka has grown as the hub of the Kyushu region.

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Outer Space Is Within Reach At The Hong Kong Space Museum

September 23rd, 2008 by

It is hard to miss the Hong Kong Space Museum if you happen to find yourself at the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront in Kowloon Island and walking along Salisbury Road. Its interesting and unique egg-shaped dome would surely catch your eye and this is the main reason why this 8,000 square meter museum remains to be one of the popular landmarks in Hong Kong. It is also the first ever planetarium in the country when it was completed in 1980.

Hong Kong Space Museum

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Harajuku – Cutting Edge Fashion District Of Japan

September 22nd, 2008 by

Ever watched a fashion show on TV and wondered who’d wear such outlandish outfits in real life? It turns out that the clothes modeled in fashion shows are just meant to be inspirations for that fashion designer’s seasonal line. Only parts of each design will show up in various skirts, blouses, suits, and accessories. After all, not only does a pompadour-and-motorcycle bustier get-up look uncomfortable, but the stares from across the street would make the wearer feel self-conscious.

And then there’s Harajuku.

Harajuku fashionistas

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Getaway To Pulau Ubin

September 20th, 2008 by

Singapore has always been known to be a very good destination when it comes to shopping, sight-seeing and sampling great food. The combination of East and West would be quite interesting to observe for any traveler. But anyone who has been to Singapore would tell you that because of its size, it is possible to go around Singapore in a day or two.

So after you’ve been to all those malls along Orchard Road and after you’ve had a taste of Singapore’s wild side, then what could be next in your travel itinerary? If you would like to have a change of environment, get away from glitzy Singapore and would like to keep it low after all those “highs” that you got from exploring the city, then you can hop to another island called Pulau Ubin.

Welcome to Pulau Ubin

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Behold The Beautiful Beijing Opera

September 19th, 2008 by

Beijing Opera ExteriorIt has been featured in several Chinese movies and TV shows. It is the place where Jackie Chan and other Hong Kong cinema martial artists got their early training in Kung Fu and acting. It is the Beijing Opera, a traditional live performance which combines martial arts, dancing, singing, and acting to create a truly unique Chinese art form.

The Beijing Opera got its start more than 200 years ago in 1790, when 4 great Anhui troupes came to Beijing. The Opera flourished in the 18th century, developing more than 1,400 repertoires, categorized between civil plays and martial plays. It introduced many firsts in Chinese dramas; the number of repertoires, actors, troupes, and audience. Favorite topics for the opera include military leaders, great artists, beautiful celebrities, and famous emperors.

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