Day 2 in Xi’an: the Hui People, Paomo, the Great Mosque, the Bell and Drum Towers and the City God Temple

Day 2 in Xi’an: the Hui People, Paomo, the Great Mosque, the Bell and Drum Towers and the City God Temple

Islam was introduced to China by Arab traders during the Tang Dynasty: which is considered by many to be a golden age in China’s history. The Muslims who settled in China married the local Han Chinese in the area. The Great Mosque was built to honour the founding fathers of Islam in China.  Continue reading Day 2 in Xi’an: the Hui People, Paomo, the Great Mosque, the Bell and Drum Towers and the City God Temple

Day 2 in Paris: reminiscing Japan and Jerusalem

Day 2 in Paris: reminiscing Japan and Jerusalem

The tourists are everywhere. They seem to exist in a separate space to the locals. Paris is somewhat reminiscent of Tokyo: with the too many travellers who have no idea what they’re doing or where they’re going. Like the Japanese, the Parisians are also not fond of speaking English. In Tokyo, it’s relatively easy to differentiate a local from a foreigner. In Paris, not so much. I’ve already lost track of the number of people who’ve tried to strike up a conversation with me only to receive a raised eyebrow and an awkward smile. Continue reading Day 2 in Paris: reminiscing Japan and Jerusalem

Day 1 in Paris: the World Cup Hangover

Day 1 in Paris: the World Cup Hangover

I was expecting Paris to have a celebratory feel after the country’s victory – but the whole city is hungover. The guy who greeted me at immigration looked like he was having the worst day of his life and couldn’t wait to get home. He stamped my passport and sent me on my way – no questions asked. I guess the World Cup victory really took the Monday Blues to a whole new level. Continue reading Day 1 in Paris: the World Cup Hangover

The Great Tsukishima Marvellous Monjayaki Adventure

The Great Tsukishima Marvellous Monjayaki Adventure

You take the mini spatula and slowly slide a little bit over the hot plate till it’s brown and slightly crunchy. You have to do it a little at a time and very very slowly if you want to get the desired results – slightly burnt and crunchy baby food. The whole experience is pretty damn mendoksai troublesome. When I take my first bite, I like it. The flavours are fairly mild so we douse it with chilli flakes, seaweed and fish flakes. It takes us close to an hour to get through the first one.  Continue reading The Great Tsukishima Marvellous Monjayaki Adventure

The Boon Tong Kee Chicken Rice Reunion

The Boon Tong Kee Chicken Rice Reunion

No one does chicken rice like Boon Tong Kee. Like all famous Singaporean things, it has a couple of branches. I’ve been going to the one on River Valley Road for close to 16 years. I order the exact same dishes whenever I’m home. I don’t even need to look at the menu. Half a chicken – steamed, not roasted. Mui chai slow-cooked pork. Poached spinach with three kinds of eggs. Continue reading The Boon Tong Kee Chicken Rice Reunion

Girls Day Out in San Francisco: the California Academy of Sciences and Burma Superstar 

Girls Day Out in San Francisco: the California Academy of Sciences and Burma Superstar 

Burmese Cuisine is one of my favourite cuisines in the world. It’s a delectable fusion of Indian, Chinese and Southeast Asian food. The flavours and combinations are absolutely delightful and I highly recommend Burmese food to all hardcore foodies. I’m a little sad that it’s not that popular internationally and a little happy that I’m one of the few people who’s in the know about Asia’s hidden culinary treasure. Continue reading Girls Day Out in San Francisco: the California Academy of Sciences and Burma Superstar 

Day 1 in the Bay Area: Mexican tortas in San Jose, Stanford University tour and new agey dosa

Day 1 in the Bay Area: Mexican tortas in San Jose, Stanford University tour and new agey dosa

A torta is a massive Mexican sandwich with everything good in it. Meat, cheese, avocados, tomatoes, jalepenos etc etc etc. It’s so humungous and so over the top that my atheist Argentine Spanish teacher said that ‘it made her believe in God’. Well – there’s nothing like a born again believer.  Continue reading Day 1 in the Bay Area: Mexican tortas in San Jose, Stanford University tour and new agey dosa

San Francisco Bay Blues, Oysters, Clam Chowder and a long walk

San Francisco Bay Blues, Oysters, Clam Chowder and a long walk

San Francisco is the first city that I’ve visited in a long time that actually embodies the Pisces energy. A Pisces on the Aries cusp – but a Pisces nevertheless. I feel like I can just get lost in the moment and let it take me where it wants to – that I can stay in the flow of things without worrying too much about anything. Continue reading San Francisco Bay Blues, Oysters, Clam Chowder and a long walk