Tānfàn

Sampling Shanghai street food was high on my agenda while in town, I managed to find some useful locational data on a few foodie blogs, this information led me towards a well recommended street food district just off Fangbang road near Laoximen Station. When I arrived at the recommended locale, I could see the gentrification…

Xiao long bao

I can say that my first day in Shanghai was a day to remember, with such great successes! Zero significant sights seen and three delicious samplings of one of Shanghai’s culturally protected culinary highlights. The extra time we had in Shanghai wasn’t arranged so that I could visit museums, no. I was in Shanghai early…

Shanghai

I had two days in Shanghai before my tour started to explore the city on my own, I was excited about being in a new city, in a new country and about the experiences I was about to have. I had a rough idea of the areas the tour would take us, and was cautious about…

China

Before entering China I made sure I had all the necessary visas, I see no point arriving in a country like China unaware of your visa requirements. As an individual visiting China I found the process remarkably simple, I had booked an organised tour, believing this confirmed booking to be the easiest way to gain…

Makanan enak

    I expected most of the Balinese dishes I would eat to be variations upon Malaysian and Indonesian dishes. To a point I wasn’t wrong, but must confess that my knowledge of the regions food is not extensive enough to identify the subtle differences geography instils. I had hoped to try more Balinese dishes…

Beach side

Jimbaran was the perfect place for me to finish up my time in Bali, to spend some time with sand beneath my toes, reclined on a well shaded sun lounger with an ice cold bottle of beer. I could splash in gently lapping water or a stroll along golden sands if I wished, all I…

Lesung kayu

This Balinese cookery experience was quite fun, held within a lovely open air courtyard, the unobstructed views of tropical forest made a lovely backdrop. The entertainment value of the whole experience was quite high due to the hosts character filled performance, one of my favourite things was the hosts’ use of the word “honey” she…

Batur

One of my Balinese highlights is the sunrise hike to the top of mount Batur. At the time this activity was mooted I didn’t like the idea of a 2am hotel departure, yet the idea of climbing Mt. Batur in the dark in time to catch the sunrise from the peak didn’t appal me. I…

Bali

Bali presented me with an excellent opportunity, the chance to meet up with a friend from London who was vacationing in Indonesia and to visit a tropical holiday destination that I never considered visiting. I was incredibly happy to visit my friend, but having done no research about Bali whatsoever, I genuinely had no idea…

The final meal

I’ve had a wonderful time exploring parts of Japan, although I feel like I could travel in this fascinating country for a little longer here I know after 6 weeks that it’s time to go. I am genuinely sad to be leaving, but I am also fully resolute in my desire to return here and…

Saigo no bitto

In spite of being busy with these last few days in Tokyo and having little time to sit down for a proper meal I had no concerns about what I was going to eat. Tokyo was never going to disappoint me with the food selection available from grab and go counters and casual eateries, if…

One last ride…

These last few days in Tokyo have had me running all around town desperately trying to scratch off the list of things I still had to do, or redo before I left. Another ride on the sushi train is most definitely on the list. Mentally I know I should have gone a bit higher brow…