Jeffer's Odyssey

Exploring Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam (And Why You Should Visit)

The heat was indeed ON in Saigon when we were there. Literally. It was quite a pleasant surprise to find that the City I originally only identified with the Cameron Macintosh musical actually has a lot to offer. It’s easy to get lost in images of “Platoon” and other Vietnam War movies and completely forget the fact that Ho Chi Minh is a progressive and thriving city that is definitely worth your while. Read more

Exploring Hanoi, Vietnam (and why you should visit)

I used to feel strange hearing and reading about people in other parts of the world welcoming summertime around June every year, considering that is when the rainy season begins in my country. But the climate is messed up right now, so the heat (ignoring the fact that the downpours are becoming more frequent during the daytime) kinda makes me feel like it’s still summer out here. Certainly, it is as hot as the time we were out an about, exploring Hanoi, Vietnam.

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Japan 2014: Mata ne, Kyoto!

It’s time to wrap up my blogging spree on the glorious city that is Kyoto. It’s also an excuse to take a break from going through the tons of photos I took from my recent trip to South Korea. 🙂 In a nutshell, Kyoto is one of those places that can frustrate you. Because you thought you saw a lot of it already, only to realize you haven’t even scratched the surface. I tell ya, that type of frustration is something that makes me wish I can hop on the next available flight and go there again.

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Bauko, Mt. Province Pt 4: Pre-Begnas Activity Photodiary

This is actually an excuse to draw out my reminiscence of this experience (which I previously talked about here, here, and here) and to post some more pictures, haha! You see, I get a kick of going back to my blog entries at least six months after they have been posted, and I would like to reopen this post this September and relive it all over again.

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Osaka, Japan 2014: Mata ne, Osaka!

Ah, Osaka. For a non-Japanese like me, it invokes many random things. Okonomiyaki. Universal Studios Japan. (Now) Harry Potter in Japan. Kanjani8. (Haha!) But after this trip, it has become yet another one of those “places I want to go back to”. Because there are just sooooo many other places that are worth checking out, but I couldn’t because of the lack of time.

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Tokyo, Japan 2014: Mata ne, Tokyo!

After four times of saying “Ohayou, Tokyo!” out loud, I had to say “Mata ne, Tokyo!” on morning of November 28 as I took the first shinkansen trip from Tokyo to Osaka. I left Tokyo with the knowledge that, someday soon, I will come back and check out the places I wasn’t able to. Tokyo Disneyland, perhaps. Maybe have a HanaDan moment at Ebisu, or go around Ropponggi. Darn, I haven’t even gone around Shinjuku! And, most importantly, I have to climb Mt. Fuji. THAT is an absolute must. So never a “Sayonara~”, just “See You Again~”. Read more

South Korea Pt 23: Wrapping Up Busan

It’s been a long series of posts (haha!) but I’ve finally come to the end of my South Korea series. I had to take several (long) breaks in between, but let’s just say that was my way of stalling having to say goodbye to this chapter of my wandering soul, so to speak. (And, oh, Ohayou from Kyoto! We’re seeing CNBLUE live in concert this evening, so this is a fitting post, don’t you think?)

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