Jungle and Beach – the perfect Bornean holiday

Malaysia was on my radar for quite sometime, but each time I came close to booking a holiday here, the cloud of doubt over visa rules for Indians would just make me skip to some other South East Asian destination. There is a lot of conflicting, incorrect information out there, but please know that INDIANS…

—Hummus—

I love hummus. The first time I ever had this, I was mind-blown at the flavours. I love food that keeps the integrity of the ingredients. Hummus is on that list. For me, hummus is extra special because I am not a fan of chickpea, never have been. Indian cuisine uses chickpeas in various forms…

JULEY! Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh, India May 2017

So on a whim my friend and I decided that we should travel to Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh – BEST decision ever. Having arrived at middle age and questioning our lives and corporate slavery coupled with my recent ‘i quit my job to travel’ decision-making, we thought we should definitely rough it out backpacker-style,…

Indonesia

Lombok and Gili Air Shanghai to Hong Kong flight (couple of hours) Hong Kong to Jakarta flight (about 5 hours) – Stayed 1 night in Jakarta (Zest Hotel) Jakarta traffic is nuts so we stayed as close to the airport as possible. Jakarta to Lombok flight (under 2 hours) – Stayed 4 nights in Lombok at Villa Jambu…

Cambodia finally.

Cambodia has been on my bucket list since college. And I finally landed there on Dec 23, 2015. Itinerary: 1) 3 nights Siem Reap, 2) 3 nights Sihanoukville, 3) 4 nights Koh Rong Samloem (not Koh Rong) SIEM REAP Visa on arrival – At Siem Reap airport, this costs USD 30 per person. We hear if you enter…

Beijing with a twist

It’s amazing that I’ve lived in Shanghai for nearly three years (yes, time flies and all that) but I’ve barely made any trips out to Beijing. Last week, I got the chance to visit Beijing on work, for 1.5 days – my third trip to the capital city, and the first in such extreme cold…

Taipei – not as smashing as I’d thought it’d be

Right after landing at Taoyuan Airport, we got ourselves some very decent airport coffee, and an unlimited data card on our phones @ 300 NTD for 3 days – totally worth it! My phone was pleasantly surprised at the internet speed, something it hasn’t seen in China, what with the VPN and all. Also, bought an…

Chicken Rice @ Five Star Hainanese Chicken Rice

Finally made it to this iconic place on Jiaozhou Lu in Jing’an, for their most famous dish – chicken rice, hainanese style. The place is tiny! Not pricy. And it always seems crowded, even at 9pm on a Tuesday night. I could see lots of cans of Milo on the walls…. Can’t make the connection….

Ate a prawn at First Thai Boat Noodles

Finally made it to this place near the bund and it was just as I had expected! Beautiful simple Thai food, clean place, pleasant staff and cheap, cheap, cheap! Their signature Thai Boat Noodles is really good, so are the pork skewers. We also had their spicy papaya salad (that’s the one which had prawns…

Jiuzhaigou – stunning!

Jiuzhaigou (9 villages or something like that) is in the Sichuan Province. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and for good reason.  About a 3 hour flight from Shanghai, this is situated on the highest tableland in the world. The airport itself will make you realize that you are way way above sea-level so…

Xi’an

Accommodation + Getting To The Warriors Xi’an is truly a very pretty city! We stayed at the Ramada Hotel at the city center, very close to the Bell Tower (and the food street, more on that later in the post). This hotel is thankfully right next to a China Merchants Bank branch. I must say our…