being a tourist


diamond head

January 10th, 2015 / by / in: travel / No responses

While we were in Honolulu, we decided to hike up Diamond Head. If you are like me (generally unfit and dislike strenuous activities), fear not, because it’s a very easy hike. If 80-year-old Japanese grandmas can do it, you can too. The views at the top are worth it! My […]

shanghai shopping tour

October 5th, 2014 / by / in: travel / 2 Responses

One of the best things we did in Shanghai was a shopping tour! Yes, a shopping tour. It sounds kind of dumb (who needs a tour for shopping?) and not like something I’d normally do on a trip, but it ended up being super fun, really interesting, and I definitely […]


June 21st, 2014 / by / in: travel / 5 Responses

People are always asking me for a list of things they should do/eat/drink in Tokyo. So I decided to put a lot of my Tokyo blog entries and suggestions in one place. THAT PLACE IS HERE! Annnnnd if you’re not interested in Tokyo, scroll down to the bottom for some […]

eat all the foods and avoid all the illnesses

June 15th, 2014 / by / in: travel / No responses

I came across this Budget Travel article about travellers’ diarrhea awhile ago, and read it with a certain amount of skepticism. Pretty much every article I read on HOW TO NOT GET SICK WHEN TRAVELLING reads exactly the same. From the article: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that TD […]

the floating market

April 1st, 2014 / by / in: travel / No responses

After the train market, we headed to the neighbouring Ratchaburi Province to check out the floating market. We went to Damnoen Saduak, the most well known market, but it was still fun. I mean, it was touristy, but everything in Bangkok is touristy. (The other market, Tha Kha, apparently has less tourists but […]

the train market

April 1st, 2014 / by / in: travel / 2 Responses

After seeing it in an episode of Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations, Mike really wanted to visit the Maeklong Railway Market while we were in Bangkok. I arranged a (private) tour that picked us up at our hotel and took us the two hours or so outside of Bangkok to Samut […]

the grand palace

March 30th, 2014 / by / in: travel / No responses

So even though it was a million degrees in Bangkok (okay, 36°C, which is basically a million), we decided to check out the Grand Palace. First stop was the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew), which is filled with tourists and shiny things. To get there, we took a […]

barbed wire and north korea

June 12th, 2013 / by / in: travel / 2 Responses

So I finally made it to the DMZ. I had a tour booked last year when I was in Seoul, but due to airline mishaps, I ended up missing it. It’s pretty much impossible to reschedule a DMZ tour at the last minute because the tour organizer has to provide […]


February 19th, 2012 / by / in: travel / 1 Response

The HKG-FRA leg of the trip was one of the longest flights of the trip — almost as long as YYZ-NRT. I’m a fan of biz class shell-type seats for long flights. I think I actually like them better than the Air Canada pod-type seats — at least when travelling […]