Travel: China

License Plates From Around Asia

by Jason

One of the traditions I’ve tried to keep for each country I visit is to take a picture of the license plate. It has been interesting to compare something as common as a license plate throughout the various countries we’ve visted. In this picture post, I’ll share the different license plates we’ve come across throughout […]

14 Engrish Signs To Make You Laugh

by Sharon

In previous posts, I have mentioned some ridiculous and hilarious English translations from all around Asia.  These terrible translations are affectionately called “Engrish”, and there is even an entire website devoted to funny translations from Asia.  (Why are they always from Asia?  Get with the program, Asia!!!!). I am going to keep writing to a […]

China: A Love/Hate Relationship, Part 1

by Sharon

We are extremely proud to present our first Guest Blogger!  Please read this interesting and very comical illustration of China through the eyes of a fellow American traveler who has been a Chinese resident for almost a year. We now present Kenna… Let me introduce myself; my name is Kenna, but for this blog’s sake […]

Your Taxi Options – East Asia Style

by Jason

One of the more interesting things I’ve observed during our time on the road has been the differences between what constitutes a taxi in a particular country. Here in South Korea it’s unfortunately just a boring Hyundai 4-door sedan. Sure, the driver drives like a maniac, but that’s no different than the US. It’s not […]

The Great Hike of China’s Huge Wall

by Sharon

I never thought I would have been so happy to have walked a teeny, miniscule portion of the Great Wall of China, but I was.  Partly because it was breathtaking in terms of its surroundings and history, and a much bigger part is because no one really tells you that it is a hardcore workout!  […]

Going Big in Beijing: Chinese New Year 2010

by Sharon

Once upon a time, four American twenty-somethings found their way to Beijing via a… fascinating… overnight train experience.  There were only two beds reserved for the four travelers, not including two other seats located in some unknown area which they assumed to be the baggage car or the meat locker.  Luckily for them, they could […]

What’s Communist about China?

by Jason

Happy New Year! This reflection on China comes from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam where we enjoyed ourselves last night with lots of beer and locals in the park. Before arriving in China, I had been thinking about a certain question; what does Communism look like? Additionally, what is it like for Chinese people […]

Stuff People Wear in Asia

by Sharon

One thing I do very well as a traveler is observe the way people dress in different countries.  There is nothing more entertaining for me than to examine the area for interesting fashion choices; by interesting, I mean a woman doing manual labor in clear stripper heels or a man wearing a shirt that says […]

Working Out and Eating Healthy on the Road – No easy task

by Jason

My friends and family will agree that I am big on health and fitness. While working full time and pursuing my MBA at night, I still made it to the gym 6 to 7 times a week. I took vitamins daily and brought sandwiches to work. I prefer healthy home cooking, where I know what […]

Dog Meat and Old Ladies (Part 2)

by Sharon

Note: This is the second installation of “Dog Meat and Old Ladies“.   Previously, we took a Li River Cruise on a bamboo raft into Yangshuo and visited the Fido meat market… On a more pleasant note, we rented bikes in Yangshuo and had a great time riding out of the city and into the more […]