Legendary Nitama – stationmaster of Kishi Eki. Wakayama, Japan.

Nitama, the legendary cat who succeeded the former stationmaster, Tama is renowned for her friendliness. As Tama’s old assistant stationmaster, she has assumed the position in 2015, beating several other cat candidates to run Kishi train station in Wakayama Prefecture’s rural Kinokawa neighborhood . I decided to meet Nitama myself in August when I was…

Hakka Tin Mining Museum. Ipoh, Malaysia.

Founded by Towkay Leong Fee in 1893, Han Chin Pet Soo – the Hakka Miners’ Club has always been a place of mystery as entry was barred to everyone except club members and their VIP guests. This is where members enjoy life after work, it provides entertainment, legalised gambling, prostitution, opium as well as Hakka…

Snow Monkeys. Nagano, Japan.

The only place in the world where monkeys bathe in hot springs.      Jigokudani Yaen-Koen (Hell Valley Monkey Park) is a well reserved national park located in the northern part of Nagano Prefecture. Many tourists might not know the full name of this park, but they do know what it has to offer in the winter…

Evolution of Traditional Nasi Lemak. Malaysia.

Traditionally, Nasi Lemak (coconut milk rice) is a simple food for breakfast among Malaysians. Fragrant coconut milk rice served with chili paste, dried anchovies, peanuts and boiled egg, wrapped in a banana leaf. The light meal serves as a good breakfast choice for its energy supply, tastiness and affordable price (RM1.50 per packet). Today, Nasi…

Kurashiki – charming water town. Okayama, Japan.

   Kurashiki is not frequently mentioned on any travel guidebook. It’s more famous among the domestic travellers. I came to Kurashiki without a plan. In order for me to utilise the KANSAI-HIROSHIMA Area Pass efficiently to reach Takamatsu in Shikoku, I have to change the train at Okayama Station. I came across this lovely water town…

Kayans, long neck tribe. Chiangmai, Thailand.

Due to the civil war between Karenni separatists and the Burmese army two decades ago, Thailand granted Burmese refugees to reside in Northern Thailand. This brought in the Kayans population from Myanmar. To date, there are only 130,000 Kayans living in both Myanmar and Thailand. Controlled by the Thai Government, The Kayans, also known as Karen long neck tribe resides…

Wat Rong Khun. Chiangrai, Thailand.

Wat Rong Khun also known as the White Temple among foreigners is designed and built by Ajarn Chalermchai Kositpipat. His wish is to have people all the world to visit the White Temple and admire his art through this masterpiece, like how they visit the Taj Mahal and Angkor Wat. Wat Rong Khun is different from…

Prosperity Toss to the Year of Rooster.

Chinese all over the world are entering into the Year of Rooster past 12am tonight. Though Chinese New Year’s traditions vary from country to country, there is one particular tradition in Southeast Asia has been practised by generations, till today – Lohei. Originated from Malaysia, Chinese eats Yee Sang during Chinese New Year. Putting aside the delicious and refreshing dish for a…

Misonikomi Udon. Nagoya, Japan.

Among many famous foods in Nagoya, Miso is probably the champion of all. From Miso Katsu, Miso Oden to Misonikomi Udon, Chefs in Nagoya can really imagine anything with miso! Top the famous food chart of Nagoya is definitely Misonikomi Udon, literally means udon in miso broth is a staple food among Nagoya natives, throughout…

Gassho Style Houses. Shirakawa-Go, Japan.

For many years, Shirakawa-Go (Shirakawa Village) has been named as “unexplored region” and “isolated island” due to its mountainous surroundings and heavy snowfalls in the winter for access. Recently, the peace of the village has been broken by tourists from all over the world, thanks to the hard work of Japan Tourism Board and UNESCO…

Flowers Heaven. Furano, Japan.

Summer is all about flowers viewing in Japan, especially in Furano, approximately an hour by train from the centre of Sapporo. Flowers viewing, known as “Hanami” in Japanese literally means take that journey to somewhere and view flowers in large sum, with many others at the same time. However, I didn’t see many of them…

Itsukushima Shrine, the floating shrine. Miyajima, Japan.

Itsukushima Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage site is probably the most iconic photo of all time published by travel magazines and websites as well as travellers’ social media. I can understand the reason behind the popularity besides the fact that it’s one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites. Built in 1168 about 200 meters offshore the…