THE CRADLE OF HUMANITY
ETHIOPIA AND ITS UNIQUELY UNTOUCHED HERITAGETell someone you’re going to Ethiopia for a vacation and it’s likely you’ll hear ramblings about drought and starving kids with swollen bellies and flies
PARTY ROCKING IN HANGZHOU
FESTIVALS AND GROUPIES ON WEST LAKEIt’s an unusual world I inhabit here in Hangzhou, I’d be the first to admit. ‘Singer in an electro-pop duo’ is not a common occupation title, but then again, thi
THE KINGDOM OF THE THUNDER DRAGON A mysterious mountain kingdom landlocked between Asian giants India and China, Bhutan is still relatively closed to tourism. When Shanghai-based documentary maker Cha
THE SHARP END OF XI’AN
KNIFE FIGHTS AND SCAMS IN THE SUBURBSIt’s probably best to start with the massive knife fight.According to my neighbor and Blink-182-obsessed schoolmate Xi Yang, it began with a scuffle between two H
THE MYSTICAL MAGIC OF MYANMAR
GOLDEN COUNTRYWith the country’s first election in 20 years, a move towards a civilian government and visits from world leaders including President Obama, the tourist floodgates have opened to Myanma
A SHADY DOG STORY
REVISITING A CELESTIAL CANINE WITH MY FATHER, MR. NICE“Why Taiwan?” my friends asked when I told them where Dad and I were headed. I told them we were going to see a man about a dog. Perhaps a dog a
ISLAND ADVENTURES IN OKINAWA
JAPAN’S TROPICAL PARADISEAvibrant turquoise sea blankets a diver’s playground of coral reefs. The brilliant patches of blue and green are so clear that even from high in the sky one can imagine seei
On Thursday November 8, the Galaxy Macau held its “Christmas Lighting-up Ceremony.” It was every bit as showy as one mig...
SHOPPING FOR SILK IN VIENTIANE
Situated on a curve in the Mekong River near the Thailand border, Vientiane is one of the world’s sleepiest capitals. It...
LANNA FROM HEAVEN
Most people heading to Thailand for R&R flock to the south’s beaches and islands, but for a laidback city break the form...