Will There Be Chances to Go Marienplatz in Munich Again ?

A quiet street in the night near Munich city centre. I was digging through my photo archive while I found some photos (though poorly using my iPhone 4) while I was at Munich for a tradeshow in 2013. It was early in the evening and we took a cab down the city centre to search for food – something oriental. We ended up in a Japanese restaurant owned by an authentic Japanese that cooks really decent Japanese food, but of course comes at an expensive price tag. Since it was still early after the dinner, we took a stroll along the main street. Magnificent view of Marienplatz. The weather was cold but the streets were still filled with people, many sitting outside the bars and pubs, …

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My Short “Excursion” at Marina Bay Financial Center Tower 3

The Art of Gao Xiaowu, two Standard Times series, Fibreglass, colour coated, Edition 18/20 acquired in 2007. After my dinner at Kaiko Japanese restaurant, my girl friend and I decided to explore the 3rd level of MBFC Tower 3, which was the DBS Office. She wanted to show me the unique sculptures that are displayed along the hallways. There stood two shiny white figures sculptures, both in different body postures, bowing down with a smiling faces pointed towards us. After some research, these are sculptures done by one of the famous China’s artist, Mr. Gao Xiaowu. About Mr. Gao Xiaowu Gao Xiaowu (高孝午) was born in Sanming, Fujian province in 1976 and currently lives and works in Beijing, China. He enrolled in the sculpture department of …

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Au Revoir Paris And 5 things I Dislike About You (Guest Blogger)

Location: Paris, France No. of days: 3 Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article are my own, from my personal experience. If you disagree, please chill out and take it with a pinch of salt! I know this could be controversial because I’ve had very different feedback from people about Paris depending where they come from. I got bullied by a French auntie while I was shopping in London years ago, and I have been scarred by the French ever since. Europeans, in general do not seem to think very much or well of Paris, and almost all British I spoke to told me “don’t bother” about going to Paris or “you didn’t miss much” not going to Paris. BUT, how can I NOT go when …

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When in Rome, We do as the Romans do – 5 Things Travel Guides Will Probably Not Tell You

Location: Rome, Italy No. of Days: 3.5 The first thing that struck me when I landed in Rome: THIS PLACE IS A MUST-VISIT BEFORE YOU DIE! Ok my first impression of Rome wasn’t at all that impressive: we stepped out of the airport at about 9pm and for the first hour in the city it almost felt like zombie town. We hardly saw anyone and the 40min train ride out of the airport was just darkness, remoteness and quietness. It also didn’t help that when we arrived at Ostiense Train Station (supposingly a major train station) there was no one in sight and the next time we saw another human being, it was a good number of homeless people sleeping around the perimeter of the train …

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Must Try Cafe in Ubud. Our Lunch and Walkaround at Kampung Cafe (Day 2)

We hit the road early in the morning in order to reach theMore than an hour’s ride through the winding and bumpy uphills and downhills, we finally reaching Tegallalang. However, before we reach our destination, an unexpected traffic jam drew us back. Since it was almost noon time, the driver recommends that we should go for lunch and try our luck again. Though it is called an cafe, they do serve main courses for the patrons. I ordered an Pork Spare Ribs (Rp, 61,000) while sharing a Rice Paper Roll (Rp, 36,000) with my girl friend as well. No long later, the waitress handed out the dishes to us. Both dishes are superbly plated with garnish. The rice paper rolls are wrapped with chunks of chicken, …

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Brussels and 10 things you need to know about losing your passport in a foreign land

Location: Brussels/Bruxelles, Belgium No. of days: 2 So my first trip as a Londoner was to Brussels (Belgium). This is also the place my bag got stolen with my passport, phones, wallet, credit cards, cash and camera in it. So read on for my (realistic) advice on how to cope if the unfortunate befalls on you too. I emphasize on the “realistic” because most people will tell you “you should have done this, you should have done that”, but having felt like I went through hell and back, I can safely say no amount of preparation is ever sufficient. On happy things first, this is my second time to Belgium. The first time was to Antwerp and Ghent in 2012 and although I don’t recall much …

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Taking Stock of 1 Year in London

Hello Followers of the J82Productions Blog!  I am a new contributor on Jeffrey’s blog and I have never blogged publicly before so any feedback and comments are welcome! In my posts will be a bit about my life in London, travels and food. If there is anything you would like to see or know about please feel free to let me know. The Who A born and bred Singaporean girl who moved to London exactly 51 weeks ago. I work as a Business Analyst in an Insurance company and have worked 7 years with my current company. An opportunity came up to move here a bit more than a year ago and am Thankful to have been the one to be given the chance to experience …

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Chengdu’s China Lane (宽窄巷子)

China Lane is a historical and cultural district of Chengdu, Sichuan Province. The entire area is generally classified into three different streets that run along in east-west direction and the moss northern lane to the most southern lane are named Kuan Xiang Zi (Wide Alley), Zhai Xiang Zi (Narrow Alley) and Jing Xiang Zi (Roadway Alley) respectively. These alleys used to be the residence area for the famous Eight Banners during the Qing Dynasty. Since 2007, Chengdu has started to transform the alleys, relocating more than 900 households and over 50 courtyards. Furthermore, the government has done 30,000 square meters floor restoration and building alteration and repair and incorporating a 11,000 square meters underground parking facility. It was reopen in 14th June 2008 and consist of …

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One of the Best Leisure in Osaka – Singing Karaoke !

Karaoke in Japan is a huge phenomenon that is extremely popular among everyone in any age group. It can be a past time for retirees, a hobby for students or just for working adults that need to take the stress off. There is no way you can walk down a street in the city without seeing numerous karaoke stores or staff on the streets handing out flyers, advertisements or holding a signboard yelling out the latest promotions. The karaoke room you get varies from the number of people you have in your party. It also depends on the peak hours and whether the karaoke house is full up or not. You are also allowed to smoke in the rooms, so don’t be surprised if you smell …

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A Walk Through the Ancient World of Geisha at Kyoto’s Gion

The history of Gion (祇園) back dated to the Middle Ages, where it has been a district built t accommodate the needs of ttravelersand visitors visiting Yasaka Shrine. Slowly, the area gained its fame and become one of the most exclusive and well-known geisha (芸者)districts in Japan. While geisha refers to “artist” or “person of the arts” in Japan, Gion geisha uses a local term called geiko (芸子), meaing “a child of the arts” or “a woman of art”. Though there are considerable decline in the number of geisha in Gion, it is still famous for the preservation for the traditional architecture and entertainment. Partial of the district is being preserved under national historical buildings and there are ongoing restoration on the streets og Gion, including …

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