The Chiang Rai New Year

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New Year’s eve celebration is one of the world’s most awaited annual festivities. It can go from intimate to grandoise in a million different ways from 24 different time zones. On this side of the sphere, I chose to welcome 2017 with stillness in the northern-most province of Thailand–Chiang Rai.  Read more…

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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…

By the fire I sat down and pondered

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GIF courtesy: RSVP Magazine

“Self-evaluating” is what I would describe the moments of last night. After 5 months of living a new life here in Chiang Mai, Thailand, it took a bonfire in the woods before I could finally say “I’m living it.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…

Japan Series: Kyoto

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I had quite a difficulty composing this part of the #JapanSeries. This post holds the record of most number of sighs in one sitting. Why? Because out of my 12-day holiday, I spent just one night in the old Imperial capital of Nippon. One. *Sigh

It was too short. One Vienna-sausage-kind-of-short day when I could’ve stayed German-Frank-kind-of-long. Don’t be misled now 😉

So here’s my 24-hour perspective of the historic city of Kyoto. Read more…