Finding Nemo

Nemo: Found Crush: Found Doris: Still Missing (presumed to be devoured by sharks) So, we landed in Philippines again – weather was a bit more interesting than before (which included daily thunderstorms and frequent downpours). We managed to get a few days of sunshine though – perfectly timed with our island hopping and snorkeling (Poseidon…

Banzai!! Japan

Lights…Camera…Action!! Japan is a bustling adventure. Whether your walking around in the malls or on the street, or going out to eat, you’ll see that there’s no such thing as a dull moment. The daytime is nice and relaxing…except the humidity can take a toll on you if you’re carrying bags and bags of luggage….

Cast Away

We’ve arrived in Manila and spent a night in a small hostel managed by older Japanese couple. The ride to the hostel was quite entertaining and getting there was an adventure in itself – we used public transportation jeep where you hop on/off whenever you want and share the ride with several other people –…

A Walk to Remember

Beijing Beijing has a lot to offer – Forbidden Palace, Tiananmen Square, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace and of course the famous Great Wall. On the first day Derek took off and visited the surroundings of the Forbidden Palace, though was barred from visiting the Tiananmen Square as he didn’t bring his passport with him…

Bells, Drums & Warriors

Xi’An We arrived in Xi’An, the former capital of China – where the emperor resided, after a 27 tiring hours train ride. Due to not thinking ahead, we ended up spending the first night in a hotel (we arrived late at night).  The next day, we booked our Hostel and started exploring. The city’s main…

One Pagoda, Two Pagoda,…Water Cave?

Guilin: We arrived in Guilin after a 12-hour long train ride in a sleeper compartment where we occupied the top bunk (three bunks per side, 6 total). The city itself is located on the Li River and surrounded by karst landscape (hills created by water erosion). Barely anyone spoke English (we’re getting used to it…