Notes On Realizing What’s Important In Life

You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger – Buddha I recently started attending a meditation class called “Soup and Serenity” on Wednesday afternoons at Dipamkara Meditation Center in Port Jefferson, New York. […]

Active Exploring In Taiwan’s Taroko National Park

Atop Wulong

Encompassing 920 km² (355 square miles), Taroko National Park is one of Taiwan’s eight national parks. It spans Taichung City, Nantou County and Hualien County, and includes an array of recreational activities, attractions and beautiful landscapes. One highlight of visiting […]

Going Beyond The Guidebook In Singapore With Intrepid Traveler Katie Foote


Looking to travel to Singapore? Culture enthusiast and off-the-beaten path traveler Katie Foote tells us how to eat good for cheap, where to go after dark and how to go beyond the guidebook in Singapore. 1. What made you decide […]

Okey And Turkish Tea In A “Men-Only” Hangout In Istanbul

“Tonight I’m going to take you away from the touristy restaurants and show you what and where the locals eat.” I’m currently on an Istanbul by Night: Turkish Food Tour with my local guide, Yuke Celik. She’s a pretty 26-year-old […]

Kagurazaka: Tokyo’s Speakeasy Neighborhood

World-renowned for their classic and craft cocktail culture, there are many outstanding speakeasies and bars in Tokyo. In fact, bartenders from cosmopolitan cities like New York and Sydney often look to Tokyo for guidance in their libation creation. To truly […]

Cycling Sun Moon Lake In Taiwan, Touted As One Of The Most Beautiful Trails In The World

Sun Moon Lake

Said to be one of “10 Breathtaking Cycling Routes” around the world by CNN News in 2012, I was able to experience the Yuetan Bike Path around Sun Moon Lake from Shuishe, Taiwan. You can choose to do the leisurely 12-kilometer […]

Hiking In Taiwan’s Dramatic Yehliu Geopark

Near Taipei, you’ll have the chance to explore one of Taiwan’s most unusual landscapes. Yehliu Geopark, located in Taiwan’s Guanyinshuan National Scenic Area, is known as being the country’s most dramatic geological areas. While in front of the park you’ll […]

A Quirky Stay In Hi-Lai Plaza Hotel’s Hello Kitty Room

Hello Kitty

Although Hello Kitty was invented in Japan, locals of Taiwan are obsessed — evident by their Hello Kitty Castle in Hsinchu, Hello Kitty Maternity Hospital in Yuanlin and currently-under-renovation Hello Kitty Restaurant in Taipei. Luckily, I was privy to the […]