10 Stunning Views of Zhangjiajie that People Overlook

Zhangjiajie, whose old name is Dayong, is in the northwest of Hunan Province, China. Its capital city is Changsa, where Mao Tze-Tung was born, is situated about 330 km from the city. The changing name from Dayong to Zhangjiajie happened in 1994, 2 years after the inclusion of Wulingyuan Scenic Park on UNESCO Heritage Site list. Thanks to that, … Continue reading 10 Stunning Views of Zhangjiajie that People Overlook

Photography of Gion Shirakawa Scenic View in the Evening

Initially built in front of Yasaka Shrine, Gion was mainly established for fulfilling the needs of the shrine visitors. Over time, the district has become one of the essentials of Kyoto, as it is the most famous entertainment district where tourists are dying for witnessing and capturing the passing geisha, or locally-called geiko, in the evening. Not … Continue reading Photography of Gion Shirakawa Scenic View in the Evening

The Lower East Nine Hostel: High-Rated Hostel that Doesn’t Meet My Expectations

HIGH-RANKED HOSTEL IN AFFORDABLE RATE Knowing that capsule hotels in Kyoto are more expensive than those in Tokyo, I decided to stay in The Lower East Nine Hostel. If I could save about $50 for 2 nights compared to capsule hotels (in Kyoto), why not? I tried my best to control our budget on where to save and splurge. … Continue reading The Lower East Nine Hostel: High-Rated Hostel that Doesn’t Meet My Expectations

Pringga’s Grill Restaurant, Ubud: Terrible Service and Inverted Racism

The night was still young. Although my sis, my brother-in-law and I were not about to party all night long till the morning light, we were not ready to sleep like a baby at 8 pm either. After all, night life in Bali is something everyone should experience, at least once. The intensity of crowds at night … Continue reading Pringga’s Grill Restaurant, Ubud: Terrible Service and Inverted Racism

Interesting Fact about Christmas Tree Display in Tallinn Old Town Square

First of all, Merry Christmas for those who celebrate it! Seeing and speaking about beautifully decorated Christmas trees in shopping malls, main squares and the rest of public places, it reminds me of a visit to Tallinn in 2012. During the trip, my family and I took a day tour highlighting one of the most preserved … Continue reading Interesting Fact about Christmas Tree Display in Tallinn Old Town Square

Less Touristic UNESCO Heritage Site in Japan: Suganuma Village

HOW I ACTUALLY ENDED UP IN SUGANUMA VILLAGE As instructed by an official at Takayama Station that from Shirakawa-go, we needed to transit at Gokayama Suganuma Station to catch an intercity bus to Kanazawa. She circled the name “Gokayama Suganuma Station” on the bus schedule she passed me. My friend Olie and I arrived at Gokayama Suganuma Station at 11 o’clock. It was … Continue reading Less Touristic UNESCO Heritage Site in Japan: Suganuma Village

Asakusa in Pictures: Outside Sensoji Temple after 5 PM

Situated in Taito, Asakusa was an entertainment district from Edo Period until about 1945 when the are was heavily damaged because of the bombings in the end of World War II. The Buddhist Temple dedicated to Bodhisattva Kannon, or Goddess of Mercy, built in 628 and the landmark of Asakusa, Sensoji Temple, was successfully restored after the war … Continue reading Asakusa in Pictures: Outside Sensoji Temple after 5 PM