Portraits of Pai: A Poem

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Have you ever been to a place,
Where the difficulty to fathom happiness becomes a race
Between a new adventure and a person with the most unbelievable gaze?
I was so high up in Pai contemplating,
How can I even begin explaining this feeling?
It’s peaceful and sublime to be under the Northern sky,
Then again, it is more than what meets the eye.
I see a person whose light shines through.
I draw myself in but with little guards marching in queue.

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Japan Series: Osaka

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When you haven’t seen a good old friend for so long, the catch-up will include years-worth of stories over a mass of food and drinks. But if that friend is half-Japanese and manages a restaurant on a high-rise downtown Japanese mall, you get to start the reunion with unlimited world-class whisky–Yamazaki. Needless to say, I wouldn’t have spent my welcoming hours in Osaka any other way.  Read more…

Phuket and Rum? Yessir.

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I have relatively high standards for a Beach-Liquor ratio package for a holistic island escapade. When in Thailand, how high can I possibly fly with a quality-crafted Rum in a place Phuketful of surprises? See what I did there 😉

En route to the Kingdom for a longer travel, I thought of giving the tremendously touristic island of Phuket a shot while trying my hardest to veer away from the travelers’ infectious “The Beach” hype. Sure, there are falls, viewpoints, Buddhas, and other attractions to visit but knowing how wild this side of Andaman Sea could get, I knew I could pick my poison somewhere in the shades.  Read more…