Category Archives: Asia

Incredible Mumbai

Since our last posting on Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Jay and Tanya visited a friend in Singapore, shopped in Klang, Malaysia and shared drinks and conversation with the Sri Lankan branch of our family in Colombo. It was an … Continue reading

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Saigon: 23 Years Later

Late in 1994, Tanya and Jay took one of the most memorable trips of their lives, a 16-day bicycle trip through Vietnam. We were joined by six other maniacs and were led by two 20-something guides from Berkeley, who at … Continue reading

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Hong Kong Highlights

Writing about Hong Kong as an exciting, exotic pearl of the East is like writing about Paris as enduringly romantic and beautiful. Both statements are true and almost anything written about either city becomes practically a cliché and hopelessly repetitive. … Continue reading

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Zhujiajiao, China

About a 90-minute drive from central Shanghai is the traditional “water town” of Zhujiajiao. At the risk of generalizing, there are a number of these type of towns in southern China, most notably Suzhou, whose Chinese garden coincidentally served as … Continue reading

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Shanghai Revisited

When Tanya and Jay last visited Shanghai, in 2001, the only building of any size on the east side of the Huangpu River was the Pearl Tower. Ten years before that, the eastside Pudho area was mostly rice paddies and … Continue reading

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A Morning on the Great Wall

A freezing winter weekday morning is the perfect time to visit a portion of the Great Wall.  Jay and Tanya stayed the previous evening in Beijing. We enjoyed freshly prepared vegetables and noodles at a tiny tucked-away neighborhood restaurant, where … Continue reading

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Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City

“A smoggy day, in Beijing town…” well, you get the picture. While the air quality was on the low side, the fun and excitement of visiting this incredible place in the world was definitely on the high side. Tanya and … Continue reading

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Back Home to Korea

When Tanya and Jay left Korea in 2011, after four years, Jay noted that “you can leave Korea, but Korea never leaves you”. That was the feeling we both got as we docked at the port of Incheon and took … Continue reading

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Kyoto, Japan: World Heritage Center

It is impossible to visit all the shrines, temples and palaces in this historically and culturally important Japanese city. So, in the limited time we had, after taking the train from Osaka, Tanya and Jay decided we would use the … Continue reading

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Nagasaki: A City of Life and Happiness

A crisp winter day in Nagasaki revealed a vibrant Japanese city mindful of its past but full of youth and beauty. One of the port city’s highlights is the series of stone bridges in the downtown area.  A particular bridge … Continue reading

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