Uniquely Far East

A Rough Guide to Dim Sum

March 18, 2010  

A Rough Guide to Dim Sum

No trip is complete without trying out some of the best local food at your choice of destination. When you come to Asia, one of the must-try food is none other than dim sum, a traditional culinary art originated from Southern China that has captured the palates of many, especially in countries with strong Chinese influences such as China (duh), Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan and many others around the region. Dim sum (literally meaning, “touch the heart”) is the name... [Read more of this review]

Shanghai’s Hip Hotspots – Xintiandi

December 19, 2009  

Shanghai’s Hip Hotspots – Xintiandi

Just north of Shanghai’s oldest neighborhood lies its newest modern quarter, Xintiandi. This nightlife and fashion district, which is nestled inside a series of restored tenement stone houses known as shikumen, is a hotspot of entertainment, shopping and nightlife that really lives up to it’s name, which means “new heaven and earth”. Photo credits - yngwiemanux Unlike some of Shanghai’s other urban districts, Xintiandi is compact and navigable. Narrow cobbled... [Read more of this review]

Nostalgic Jiu Fen Taiwan

October 28, 2009  

Nostalgic Jiu Fen Taiwan

Feel the oriental nostalgia with Jiu Fen’s quaint ancient charm that traces its paths back in history. Sitting at the top of a mountain up northern Taiwan, Jiu Fen used to be an isolated town up in the highlands, isolated from the rest of the world. It was until the 1800s where gold was discovered in the area, where the town then began bustling in prosperity as a hot gold mining field. Photo credits - Julius.Hibbert Photo credits - Dislocations Background Story... [Read more of this review]

Buddhist Temple at Mount Sorak

September 11, 2009  

Buddhist Temple at Mount Sorak

About one and a half hours drive away from Seoul, South Korea, is beautiful laid-back Mount Sorak. This mountain region offers mesmerizing views and numerous hiking treks for the nature lovers, and at the foot of the mountain are various Buddhist temples from centuries of old. Here are some scenic snaps from the foot of the mountain, featuring lush green landscapes, colorful guardian statues (left, third row) and a magical water fountain (right, second row). Be sure... [Read more of this review]

Szechuan’s Spicy Servings

August 26, 2009  

Szechuan’s Spicy Servings

This province located in the western part of China is one that is famed internationally for its tasty servings. Szechuan cuisine often features bold flavors, such as extreme spiciness usually resulting from liberal use of garlic and chilli peppers, most notably Szechuan’s uniquely flavored peppercorn. This would often result in an intensively fragrant, citrus-like flavor and a slightly numbing sensation on the tongue, adding to the uniqueness of the flavor and taste.... [Read more of this review]

6 Things To Do In Tokyo

August 18, 2009  

6 Things To Do In Tokyo

The region of Asia has plenty of unique islands, but one that seems hard to choose from the multitude of things to do in is Japan. Tourists usually start out in Tokyo, the country’s bustling capital and its largest metropolitan area. Here you are able to experience six classic Japanese experiences that you simply can’t afford to miss out. Here they are for your perusal! Eat Ramen Photo credits – mahiro1322 The Ramen noodle is found world-wide in various low-quality... [Read more of this review]

Touring in Taiwan

August 12, 2009  

Touring in Taiwan

“Made in Taiwan” is probably the first image you have of this small Asian island. It’s an interesting place – 23 million people are squashed into an area slightly smaller than the size of the Netherlands, and while the island is one of the region’s top manufacturing spots, it’s not as if the entire island is covered in assembly lines and towering smoke stacks. Indeed, outside the capital of Taipei, you’ll find national parks and surreal sceneries abound. Taipei... [Read more of this review]

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