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Allow me to jump on the bandwagon of the highly raved animal cafes in Japan. I mean, they're just too cute not to write about. How can you not head to animal cafes in Osaka while you're there? Also read: Osaka Budget Guide...
3 Days in Osaka without bursting your budget Japan is one of those places that everyone who's visited raves about — the friendly and polite locals, the clean streets, a gastronomic heaven but... not so much the price. While we believe in...
We give ourselves two weeks to make a difference, and we expect ourselves to change someone's life. Walking through the sandy beaches of Sihanoukville, I was swarmed by tiny hands and big eyes with every step I took. They patted my thighs, pulled...
I disembarked from the plane, alone and disoriented, and shuffled my way out of Yogyakarta’s small airport, following the throngs of people streaming out into a sleepy Indonesian afternoon. Straight ahead were the taxi touts, men who were fast approaching,...
 We arrived in chilly Hangzhou in the late hours of the evening. Immediately after exiting the airport terminal, my throat was ambushed and became slightly irritated by the choking smog. Thankfully, after a few minutes waiting for a cab, my...
When I told my friends and family that I was in China (specifically Hangzhou and Nanjing), they immediately asked if I had brought Imodium. Apparently, some of them have the impression that food in China is prepared with a...
People usually plan to travel to Osaka or Kyoto for their vacations as they are more popular among tourists. However, less than an hour’s pleasant ride away by train is Nara, Japan’s first permanent capital. There are many things...
The overnight train from Hangzhou pulls up at Nanjing Train Station shortly after daybreak, and we tumble out into a chilly morning. On the way to our hotel we peer out at streets already bustling - women hawking...
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How to love China

Finding warmth in China, hidden under a slew of bad press and its gruff, sullen veneer. Curly haired Chinese ladies in puffy vests and mismatched scarves push me backwards at the Hangzhou airport luggage carousel, clucking their tongues in impatience....
1. Grab a halal meal Hangzhou’s halal restaurants serve up steaming bowls of beef noodle soup, cumin-flavoured lamb chops and smoky lamb shashlik. Most of these dishes come from the northwestern parts of China such as Lanzhou in Gansu province,...

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