Living in Dili is not bad at all. It is generally safe, pollution is minimal to none, streets are acceptably clean and most importantly, easy access to the beach. I have to say, Dili is not for anyone used to city life. Often, you will find yourself longing for the many comforts within a hand […]Read more "Walk to Cristo Rei Passing By Areia Branca, Dili, East Timor"
An activity mastered and performed solely by Timorese women, with techniques passed from generation to generation, is weaving of cotton threads to create a colorful piece of cloth called Tais. Considered an integral part of East Timor cultural heritage, Tais cloth is used for traditional clothing, home décor, ceremonial adornment and most importantly, before the […]Read more "Traditional Cloth Called Tais, Tais Market, Dili, East Timor"
The term “freedom of expression” could not be more appropriate to describe what Arte Moris is all about. Taking the most important word for each and every Timorese, “Freedom” in all ways and forms has not been easy for one of the world’s youngest nation. The 25 years of tumultuous Indonesia military occupation had lead […]Read more "“Freedom of Expression” at Arte Moris, Dili, East Timor"
The 88.6 foot high statue of Jesus standing at the top of the globe, while looking over the magnificent mountains and ocean of Dili has to be the most prominent landmark of East Timor. Back in 1996, when East Timor was still considered as a province of Indonesia, then President Suharto has unveiled the Cristo […]Read more "Weekend with Jesus at the Beach, Cristo Rei, Dili, East Timor"
Nothing is easy in East Timor. The expensive flights that is hard to come by. To reach the country you need to travel all the way to Bali, spend a night over there and catch the next day one and only flight via Merpati Airlines. It feels like you traveled half way across the world […]Read more "Introducing Dili, East Timor (Timor Leste)"
Two guys in front me are wearing Hawaiian shirts, ahead of them are old couples in a complete outdoor hiking attire, all of us are waiting for the boat to take us across Edogawa River, if not for the Tokyo Sky Tree in the background or the Narita Express train zooming across the bridge, we […]Read more "Off the Beaten Dori: An Afternoon at Edogawa River & Shibamata"
Starting from Sakuragicho Station decoration to the manhole cover designs seems like my neighborhood can’t get enough of clowns. After living in Noge-cho area for a year now, I often wonder why the official town symbol is a clown and understand the reason just last April. On the first Saturday of the much awaited start […]Read more "Spring Festival: Noge Street Performance and Yokohama Oktoberfest"
After admiring the beauty of Japanese Alps from afar at Kamikochi, I decided that I need to have a closer look at the mountains. Hiking is not an option, for one I am not an experience hiker to conquer any trail covered in snow or any trail without any wooden planks to guide me thru. […]Read more "Closer to Japanese Alps: Shin-Hotaka Ropeway"
At the highest peak of Mt. Haku in Gifu prefecture, lies the town of Shirakawa-go, which takes pride of some of the oldest, traditional steep, thatched roof farmhouses in Japan. Declared as UNESCO World Heritage site in 1995, a good start to admire these “gassho-zukuri” farmhouses is not to go to Ogimachi Village directly, but […]Read more "World Heritage Site of Shirakawa-go"
After spending some quality time with the Snow Monkeys of Jigokudani Park and exploring the Winter Wonderland of Yamanouchi, I decided to spend what was left of my weekend and quickly explore the city of Nagano. Famous for hosting the 1984 Winter Olympics, my intention was to visit several museums and facilities highlighting the past […]Read more "Rokujizō at Zenkō-ji Temple, Nagano"