Tag Archives: Travel in Asia

The lobby where dreams are made.

Room Service in Vietnam

This is the final night of my first international work trip. I’m cushioned in the squishy covers of my king-sized bed in the Hilton Hanoi Opera Hotel. I can tell you without looking that right outside my window, motorbikes are hurtling in every direction across the streets, driveways, and sidewalks of this city. Waterfalls of […]

Falling boy statue in Busan, Korea

Busan’s Unsolved Mystery

Busan is one of the few Korean cities that had been on my ‘must-visit’ list for some time. Actually, it was the only one. Despite the many attractions in Korea (LotteWorld, Jeju Island, Dokdo), the only one that tempted me was Busan. This is in part because I lived in Gangwon-do, where the scenery is […]

Bamboo grove, Arashiyama, Kyoto, Japan

Building An Imaginary Dream Home in Kyoto

If there’s one thing I can tell you about Kyoto, it’s that it has some seriously hot summers. I accessorized most of my outfits with streaks of back sweat and humidity-inspired ponytails, perfecting my haggard tourist look. Every time I saw a person in jeans, I was bewildered and felt stifled on their behalf. Every […]

Smoking Geisha in Osaka, Japan

Exploring Osaka: Japan’s Second City

When I told people that Jared and I were going to Japan for our summer vacation, many people said the same thing. “Tokyo?” Actually…no. Eight days isn’t really enough to see all of Japan, so we sacrificed the electric skyscrapers of Tokyo for the ancient temples of Kansai, and got cheap tickets directly to Osaka. […]

Ninomaru Palace, Kyoto, Japan

Across The Nightingale Floor

Whenever I think of nightingales (which, admittedly, isn’t often), I think of the scene in Disney’s “Cinderella”, where she sings this song called, “Sing, Sweet Nightingale.” So when Jared told me about this book he’d read years ago, “Across The Nightingale Floor,” I wasn’t really listening, because that song kept running through my head. “Basically, […]