Citylights in Tokyo

Before our trip, a few friends had told me that Tokyo is a typical Asian city very much like Hong Kong, and as a result I didn’t have high expectation and had planned only 24 hours for this city. I ended up falling in love with the city and wishing that we spend an extra…

Hakone – Hot Spring, Ryokan, and Non-sighting of Mt. Fuji

Mt. Fuji and Hot Spring Ryokan were the two reasons Hakone was on our itinerary.  Unfortunately for us, the volcano area was closed due to possible minor eruption so Hakone ropeway was out of the question, which makes the famous (and touristy) Hakone course less than worthwhile for us. At the suggestion of a very…

Deers in Nara

  We went to Nara primarily for deer sighting. They are there 24/7, 365 days a year. If you walk towards them they will look at you eagerly waiting to be fed. There are deer crackers for sale but instead of giving them those, we fed them sweet potato skin.  And once we started they…

Kyoto: Heart of Traditional Japan

In Kyoto, we mostly enjoyed visiting temples and shrines. The number of temples in Kyoto was overwhelming. Before our trip I outlined our route to see the ones that would interest me the most with limited time and budget. Here is the route for our two days in Kyoto: Day 1: Philosopher’s Path -> Ginkakuji…

Malacca, Malaysia : Going Back in Time

We arrived late in Kuala Lumpur the night before we went to Malacca, so we opted to stay at an airport hotel. At the airport there were ticket booths selling bus ticket to Malacca, which made it convenient for us to hop on a comfy AC bus the next morning. The bus seats could recline…