Author: Noel Lau

10 Must-Try Taiwanese Foods

10 Must-Try Taiwanese Foods Taiwan is slowly gaining popularity among independent travelers. The intrepid travelers who venture to Taiwan will find a country endowed with stunning landscapes, incredibly hospitable people, and delicious food. Due to its history and proximity to China and Japan, Taiwanese cuisine is a mouthwatering union of Chinese cooking styles, Japanese techniques and indigenous ingredients of the land. If you are going to Taiwan for the first time, these are the 10 must-try Taiwanese foods: Braised Pork Rice 魯肉飯 (Lurou-fan) This is by far the simplest and cheapest dish you can find in Taiwan, but it’s...

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Photo of the Week: The Artist's House in Bangkok

If you take a yellow long-tail boat tour along the canals in Bangkok, chances are you will pass by the Artist’s House (Ban Silapin), even taking photos of the strange statues of a red and a white man sitting on the wooden planks in contemplation. But most boats don’t stop here and only the intrepid travelers will find the way to this quirky and interesting house through a maze of back lanes. Located on the Thonburi side of Bangkok this beautifully restored 200-year-old wooden house exudes an old-world charm that is fast disappearing, inexorably replaced by concrete buildings that...

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Photo of the Week: Maeklong Railway Market

Photo of the Week: Maeklong Railway Market The market at Maeklong, situated about 60km west of Bangkok, looks just like any other markets in Thailand. Tropical fruits and green vegetables lie next to bright red chili pastes and colorful spices; the smell of freshly-caught seafood mingled with the smell of freshly cooked Thai delicacies. Except that a railway track cuts through the market. And trains actually pass through the market seven times in a day. Fifteen minutes before a train is scheduled to pass through, the train station, which is next to the market, will broadcast a warning. This...

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Photo of the Week: The Malecon of Havana

Photo of the Week: The Malecon Havana There is no place in Havana that displays the Cuban soul or beats to its rhythm more so than the Malecon. This esplanade stretches from the historical center of Old Havana to the residential area of Verdado. Walking along it is like a study of Cuban history in architecture; dilapidated colonial structures in desperate need of repair, bland Russian-style apartments, modern hotels, etc. It is also the center of social life for the Habaneros. When the heat of the day wanes and the sun begins to set over the horizon, many locals...

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Photo of the Week: El Camino de Santiago

El Camino de Santiago, or St. James’ Way, is a pilgrimage route traversing northern Spain to the city of Santiago de Compostela. Legend has it that after the death of St. James, the apostle, angels transported his body back to Santiago, where he had preached before his death. Since then, devout Christians have been walking to Santiago, for centuries, as penance, thanksgiving, or seeking blessings, pardon, etc. There are a few routes to reach Santiago: the French route, the Northern route, the Primitive route, the English route, the Portuguese route, and the Via de la Plata. Among them, the French...

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