It's almost a pastime of Hongkongers to hate on mainland China. Whether that's out of a desire for autonomy (politics and rule by Beijing is an extremely contentious issue in HK) or sheer racism stemming from the colonial era, HKers in general don't think much of people from the mainland. Prior to visiting Beijing, I [...]
Month: October 2018
Do you come from a land Down Under?
Australia is not the most exotic of locations for a westerner like myself to visit. Barring the Outback and whatnot, it felt a bit like the USA more than once. Cairns, especially, reminded me of South Carolina specifically: palm trees, wide lanes for traffic, hot and humid weather, wooden fences around some houses with front [...]
Land of Toraja, land of death
I first learned of Tana Toraja (trans: Toraja Land) in Indonesia around the end of 2013. I immediately knew that I had to pay a visit someday. Flash forward five years, and I finally make the dream come true. The Toraja region is located in South Sulawesi Island. It's famous for coffee, the unique traditional [...]
Festival and farewells
Last week, people across many parts of Asia celebrated Mid-Autumn Festival. Based on the lunar calendar, this is one of the more significant holidays for China/HK. (From http://www.hong-kong-traveller.com): "On this full moon day, families and communities traditionally gathered to celebrate the bountiful harvesting season, somewhat of the equivalent to the American Thanksgiving Day. Nowadays, families [...]