The Golden Triangle

The intersection of Myanmar, Laos, and Thailand. It is where the Mekong and Ruak rivers converge. I remember hiring a car from Chiang Rai to get here. It must have been around 2 hours by car. If you google it now, it says an hour but I remember it being much longer. It was a…

Exclusive Interview: Chef Shota Nakajima at Naka, Seattle

Naka has been open for 9 months and the week it opened, I was on my way back to Vancouver from Seattle. I haven’t been able to book this restaurant until my recent visit. I was excited and didn’t know what to expect. Chef Shota Nakajima was recently nominated for the Seattle “30 under 30” award…

Queen Elizabeth Park, Vancouver

I got a new camera recently. Fujifilm XT1. Here are a few pictures I took today. Anyone else using this camera? Queen Elizabeth park is known for the spectacular floral displays that attracts tourists from all over the world. You can also see the view of downtown.  I didn’t have time to walk all around…

Connaught Park, Vancouver

I have requests from moms again to keep writing about parks and playgrounds and where to go. If you haven’t been to Connaught Park, by the Kits Community Center, go check it out. The playground has a small climbing wall, swings, slides, a train, and a huge field for soccer and running around. There are…

Naha, Okinawa

We stayed at Doubletree by Hilton in Naha, Okinawa. The location is convenient and it is close to Times Car Rental where we rented a car for 10 days. Things to do or try in Naha : (going to talk about central and Northern Okinawa in another post) Makishi market – must try the spam…

Tropical Dream Center, Okinawa, Japan

Tropical Dream Center is part of Ocean Expo Park in Motobu, Okinawa. One of the top attractions, the Churaumi Aquarium is close by. It’s walkable distance so I recommend going if you are already in this area. I have never seen so many orchids in my entire life all housed in the same space. I…

Bangkok, Thailand

Lubua at State Tower Hotel overlooks the city. The view is really amazing. If you don’t stay there, go to their rooftop Sky Bar or the highest open air Mediterranean restaurant in the world, Sirocco and you can still enjoy being on the top of Bangkok. Mezzaluna, the restaurant on the 65th floor also has…

Phuket, Thailand

3 things come to mind when you ask me about the best experiences in Phuket: good food, beautiful beaches, and spas.  The people in Phuket are very friendly and it is a fairly safe city to visit. I took the tuk tuk everywhere. I also hired a car one of the nights to get to…

Sanrio Puroland, Tokyo

Tokyo has an indoor themed park for Sanrio fans. It’s not just for kids! It is located in Tama-shi about 45 minutes from central Tokyo. Hello Kitty, My Melody, Kerropi, little twin stars, and all the characters part of the Sanrio family can be found here. It has 4 floors and a cafe/restaurant inside. There…

Okinawa Secret

If you are going to Okinawa, you have to go see this in person. It’s breathtaking and I have never seen anything like this before in my travels! The entire beach is covered with seaweed and just look at those beautiful rocks in the distance. I can’t tell you where this place is in English…

BC Gallery of Ceramics, Vancouver

I went to visit the BC Gallery of Ceramics today at Granville Island. If you are ever at Granville Island, go in and explore our local artists. The term ceramics includes porcelain, clay, stoneware and pottery. What is special about this gallery is it represents the best in BC since the work is chosen by…