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Non-Stop Shopping At The Canton Fair

March 31st, 2009 by

The first quarter of the year has already passed.  As the month shifts from March to April, a lot of people will start preparing for the huge event that is held in China every year.  I’m referring to the China Import and Export Fair or what is more popularly called the Canton Fair.  This particular fair takes place twice each year.  The first schedule is held around Spring time while the second show is held in autumn when trees take on a blazing orange color and leaves start to fall.  This particular show started way back in 1957 and until today, it is still considered as the biggest trade fair in the country.

China Import and Export Fair

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Asian Film-grimage: The Locales Of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

March 30th, 2009 by

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Movie PosterCrouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is the Academy Award-winning masterpiece from Taiwanese director Ang Lee which brought worldwide attention not only to the superhuman sword-slashing wuxia film genre that is popular in China, but also to the majestic landscapes found in that country, as well. From ghost cities in the desert to a bamboo forest, the film celebrates China’s natural wonders, places you can actually visit on your journey there.

A few scenes were devoted to the forested Wuxia warrior base at Mount Wudang. Cangyan Mountain doubled as Mount Wudang during the film’s shooting. Cangyan Mountain is 50 kilometers southwest of the provincial capital Shijiazhuang and is close to the border of Shanxi Province, and is renowned for its scenery and several temples established on its slopes. Qiaoloudian Temple is one such temple you can visit, one of the few hanging temples in China. Read the rest of this entry »

Best Places To Buy Electronics In Singapore

March 27th, 2009 by

Sim Lim SquareOne of the things that tourists like to do in Singapore is shop – shop for electronics, that is!  There are quite a number of places that sell electronic items and these shops are very accessible wherever you are coming from in Singapore.

Here is a list of the best places in Singapore where you can shop for electronics:


Anyone could easily tell at the top of their head that Sim Lim Square is definitely a favorite when it comes to hunting for computers and electronics in Singapore.

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Eat Wayyy Up On Nepali Cuisine

March 26th, 2009 by

MomoIn Nepal, you may come for the Himalayas, but you stay for the food. Nepalese cuisine has influences from both the Chinese and Indian sides of its borders. Being in the middle of these two ancient cultures, you can be sure of two things: there’s going to be lots of rice and lots of spice. If you are sensitive to spicy food, be sure to remind the waiter or vendor to serve the mild version every time.

Your food adventure begins right off the streets of Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital city. The street cuisine you can find almost everywhere is momo, a local variation of Chinese dumpling. Never leave the country without getting a taste of this popular round treat filled with chicken, vegetables, buffalo, or mutton. Whether steamed, fried, or floating in hot soup, momo is great for quick meal, a delicious appetizer, or a complete meal in itself, especially when accompanied with a spicy side sauce. Read the rest of this entry »

Travel Safety Tips: Vietnam

March 25th, 2009 by

They say that when you are in Rome you should do as the Romans do. This advice really applies just about anywhere you go, including Vietnam. Taking a few hours to learn about the history and culture of a country before you visit will only ensure your trip is as safe and enjoyable as possible.

General Vietnam Do’s and Don’ts

Image credit: Lucas Jans

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Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep

March 24th, 2009 by

Wat Phrathat Doi SuthepThailand is such an exotic country that it seems that it is quite impossible to run out of amazing places to explore and adventures to try.  Undeniably, one of the favorite Thailand provinces that tourists frequent is Chiang Mai.

Chiang Mai, which is also written as “Chiengmai,” can be found in Northern Thailand and is the capital city of the Chiang Mai Province.  From Bangkok, one would have to travel about 700 kilometers towards north and come face to  face with towering mountains in order to reach Chiang Mai. Tourists, who feel that they would like other places to visit aside from Bangkok, can easily catch a domestic flight to Chiang Mai.

Now, any trip to Chiang Mai will never be complete without a visit to the famous Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep as it is the most important religious destination in this city.  Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, a Buddhist temple, is located about 1676 meters above sea level and about 15 kilometers from the main city of Chiang Mai.  This temple is also called Doi Suthep mainly because this is the name of the very mountain where the temple can be found.

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Mumbai Guide: From Slumdogs To Millionaires

March 23rd, 2009 by

Gateway to IndiaDanny Boyle’s Academy-Award winning film, Slumdog Millionaire, has been garnering both praise and controversy for his outsider’s view of Mumbai, a city that has been portrayed in urban squalor, yet full of the hopes and dreams of millions of Indians. This sudden worldwide attention to the mega-city, the 4th largest in the world in terms of  population, has even sparked a boom in what is being called poorism: a subset of urban adventuring where backpackers are taken by local guides to what one Slumdog Millionaire character called “the real India”: a place where extreme poverty and inner-city survival mesh to create moving scenes of humanity. One of these poorism tours focuses on Dhavari, a district in the central suburb of Mahim that is Asia’s biggest slum, with around 1 million residents. Visitors can pass through homes where families to make a living making clay pots or recycling the city’s wastes, and a children’s shelter, one of many in the area.

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Be Pampered At The Venetian Macau

March 22nd, 2009 by

Do you dream of traveling to Venice and walk along alleys that are bursting with distinct European culture?  If your answer is yes then we have something in common.  Venice is part of my bucket list that seem to grow longer and longer each day with every travel article that I read and with every traveler I meet.

The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel

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Ghost Festival In Taiwan

March 19th, 2009 by

Josh burningIf Western countries have Halloween, then the Chinese have the Ghost Festival, a religious observance of ghosts, spirits, and long-dead ancestors that last for an entire month. The Ghost Festival starts on the 15th month of the seventh lunar month, when it is believed the gates of the underworld are opened and its ethereal occupants are set loose upon the living world. In Taiwan, there are two major ghost festivals – the Buddhist one called Ullambana and the Taoist one called Jhongyuan. Both events are cause to perform religious ceremonies throughout the island, from the burning of paper “spirit” money and offerings of food and drink to monks chanting the necessary prayers to ease the suffering of the dead.

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Exploring Yogyakarta City

March 18th, 2009 by

Are you a worldly traveler preparing to explore Indonesia? If so, let me direct you towards Yogykarta City, also known as Jogja. This incredible city is the main attraction on the Indonesian island of Java and regularly attracts visitors from all over the world. Visit this beautiful and cultural city for yourself and you’ll quickly understand why.

The History of Yogyakarta

Yogyakarta City
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