112014Dec

Ippudo

When I first heard about Ippudo, it wasn’t from my friends in New York raving about some new hot ramen shop. Nor was it during my time in Singapore when my friend suggested it was worth the wait. No, actually, the first time I learned about this place was on the plane. Foreign TV shows were all that was left after I exhausted all of the Hollywood movies. There was this Japanese show dubbed in English where they talked about this shop, now global company. The focus was on the…

052014Dec

Train to Sapa

Here’s the typical itinerary for a Sapa getaway, a three-night two-day stay. This means you take an overnight train to Sapa, do a hike during the day, stay in a hotel at night, do a hike the next day, and come back on an overnight train. Basically, you have two full days with really one night of rest in a hotel. Sounds grueling doesn’t it? Well, it was and it was well worth it. The cost was the only thing I’d question, $145/person. Anyways, we had time to kill before…

032013Oct

On the Catamaran

The day was dedicated to being on a boat, a catamaran to be exact. You know those boats with two hulls in the water and like flat top for you to lay out on. They are awesome. Fast and nimble, they got us to the first snorkel site in under an hour (getting out of the marina was slow). It was plenty of time for us to look for dolphins that usually swim alongside the hulls. Unfortunately, we didn’t see any. I’d recommend going early morning. Last time we did…

092013Sep

Today Wasn’t a Total Wash

I was heading to the National Air and Space Museum in Virginia when I noticed I forgot my camera. These days I hate driving and to head back was not what I preferred. Plus it was getting hot and the AC in my car was barely keeping up. So, I decided to go shopping. It was in the plans to take advantage of the lower sales tax in the area. What I didn’t plan for was to spend two hours shopping in Tyson’s Corner only make it out with a…

072013Jul

Haji Lane and a Night Safari

It was the last day in Singapore and there were two things on the agenda, fill my half empty suitcase with some hip Asian clothes and then go on a nocturnal adventure with Singapore’s wild life. One out of two ain’t so bad right? Please disregard my tears. I read about Haji lane and was really worried it would end up like my visit to Far East Plaza. Granted, I think I went to the wrong Far East place, but still, I was scarred. You would be too when you…

062013Jul

Food Overload

Can you eat everything in Singapore in one day? Obviously no, but it doesn’t hurt to try. You know the saying, aim for the stars. If you miss, you still can still come up with a top ten list. In my case, I got through everyone’s top ten things to eat in Singapore. Now it’s time for me to come up with my own. Well, maybe I need one more trip. Come on, there’s so much here. And I really wanted to try those odd looking ice cream sandwiches. They…

292013Jun

Weary-Eyed Wanderings

My head was already cloudy getting out into Changi Airport. Those bombarding images of McDonalds and Popeyes didn’t phase me. I was used to seeing Western influence in the major Eastern city. And even though this was my first time to Singapore, I guess I would be more shocked if they didn’t have those shops here. What I didn’t prepare for were the different types of people. All I wanted to do was get to my hotel. After getting some cash I head to the MRT which had a stop…

172012Dec

LinkedIn Hong Kong

Today was the day I look for LinkedIn’s Hong Kong office. Not too difficult right? I got the floor, street name, the district, Causeway Bay, and the street number… crap! Why didn’t they send me the street number or even the building name. Oh well, I’ll just look for a sign, a huge one, like the one back in Mountain view. Guest what? This area is filled with signs and my best bet was to persevere in my search going building to building. Awful idea. There was this one building…

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