Makishi Public Market: A Taste of Okinawa

Located within sniffing distance of Kokusaidori Street, Makishi Public Market may be a tourist haunt, but don’t let that deter you from visiting. This bustling market stocked with fresh produce and local foodstuffs offers more than a glimpse into the unique Okinawan culinary culture that is unlike the rest of Japan. Those looking for quick…

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Wet Markets in Kuala Lumpur

Going to wet markets can be a messy affair. But any discerning homemaker will know that they carry fresher produce at cheaper prices compared to any supermarket. Most hawkers are also more than willing to share useful advice, like which meats are best for stews or stir frying. When in Kuala Lumpur, I visited two…

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Riding the Waves of Tai Long Wan

It was day 1 in Hong Kong and we had bold plans. After visiting Chi Lin Nunnery, we took bus 92 to Sai Kung Town, where we hopped onto a taxi that drove us straight to Sai Wan Pavilion. There, we embarked on a 4-hour hike which would eventually leave our legs sore for the…

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Bits and Pieces of Jeju

We were in Jeju for 3 days and that was enough to make us fall in love with this beautiful and blessed island. We feasted on Korean BBQ black pork belly, mastered the art of communicating through sign language, and made promises to return soon. Living in the city, I often get sucked into the black hole…

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Innisfree Jeju House and O’sulloc Museum

O’sulloc is South Korea’s largest tea company with their own green tea plantation in Jeju. While they have branches in Apgujeong, Insadong and Daehangno, the O’sulloc Museum in Jeju offers a more comprehensive and educational experience. After learning about the history of tea and its fermentation process, don’t forget to try the desserts! We ordered a…

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Jeju’s Secret Backyard

I tend to do a great deal of walking when I travel. I love to wander into small alleys, peek into other people’s backyards or even take a detour when something interesting catches my eye. These tiny details are often missed when travelling by car. In Jeju dialect, “Olle” refers to the narrow pathway which…

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Treading on the Dragon’s Head

Yongmeori Coast marks the area where Sanbangsan mountain stretches into the ocean, resembling a dragon’s head going underwater. The mountain was formed by violent volcanic activity some 800,000 years ago, resulting in a majestic coastal scenery. Along the way, you’ll meet women divers (haenyeo) selling their catch of sea cucumbers, abalone, octopus and other shellfish.…

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