15 Must See Amazing Ancient Temples Across Asia

There really is no place in the world like Asia that can make you feel just like Indiana Jones on an adventure searching for lost treasure! Hacking your way through jungles, crawling across deserts and battling secret societies…well maybe not quite but the ancient temples found across Asia are absolutely amazing! We’ve compiled a list with some fellow travel bloggers of 15 amazing ancient temples in Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Continue Reading →

Family Vacations in Japan: Find Cars, Trains, Robots & Rockets!

There’s no denying that Japan is the place to go for technology lovers. Our son is a fan of absolutely everything mechanical so on the latest of our family vacations to Japan we decided to plan our trip as a balance between traditional Japanese culture and machines. In this post find out where to go on your family vacations in Japan to see cars, trains, rockets and robots!  Cars Toyota Mega Continue Reading →

Death Defying Winter Wonderland Trip to Koyasan, Japan

While we were staying in Osaka, Japan we wanted to make the approximately 2 hour daytrip to Mount Koya (Koyasan). In 816 Mount Koya was settled by the monk Kukai in a 800 meter high valley among the 8 peaks of the mountain. The area is home to more than 100 temples and it is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We were mainly interested in seeing Okunoin Cemetery. We had seen atmospheric Continue Reading →

Where to see a Geisha in Kyoto – Our Success Story

Our First Night Looking for Geisha On our most recent trip to Japan our main goal was to finally make it to Kyoto because (if we were very lucky) I wanted to see a geisha. The exact number of geisha currently working in Japan is not known but it is estimated that there are about 1,000 with the highest concentration in Kyoto. There are about 100 geisha and 100 maiko (geisha Continue Reading →

Visit Gochangeupseong Fortress in Gochang, South Korea

Just shortly after our visit to Damyang fortress we found out that there is another fortress in our area. Gochangeupseong Fortress (고창읍성) in Gochang, Jeollabukdo is about an hour from Gwangju, Jeollanamdo. Unlike Damyang fortress which is on the mountain top, Gochang fortress, built in 1453, is right in the residential area of Gochang. Just park your car, walk around the corner and you’re there! Once inside the gate there Continue Reading →

Visiting Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park in Nagano, Japan

I don’t like zoos. I went to several really bad ones when I was young and have really disliked them since. Before our son was even born I had decided I did not want to take him to a zoo (my husband was more flexible on the topic). Instead we would try to introduce him to animals in the most natural settings we could manage. It is a noble idea Continue Reading →

Boseong’s Green Tea Plantation Light Festival

Boseong in Jeollanamdo, South Korea is currently holding their annual Light Festival. The lights are on display this year at the Korea Tea Culture Park and at Yulpo Beach. Some other small displays are spread throughout the community. If you are driving from Yulpo Beach towards the Tea Park be sure to look at the mountain on the left! There is a huge light display of Admiral Yi Sun Shin Continue Reading →

Our Family in Faraway Places

You may be wondering how a Canadian woman and Filipino man working in South Korea ended up getting married, having a son and traveling all over most of Asia and beyond. It’s a bit of a long story but here is how we got to where we are today! How we Ended up in Gwangju, South Korea Danny After two years of living and studying in Japan, Danny had returned Continue Reading →

Mysterious Unjusa Temple of 1,000 Buddha and Pagodas

The South Korean temple, Unjusa in Hwasun County is a bit of a mystery. No one is quite sure who the founder is but it is estimated to have been built sometime between 57 BC and 935 AD. Originally the temple had more than 1,000 Buddha statues and 1,000 pagodas but today only 91 stone statues and 21 pagodas of various sizes remain. They can be found around the temple Continue Reading →

Travel Tips for Bagan, Myanmar

Much of our trip to Myanmar was focused around trying to find a connection to my family who had once lived there as part of the British Colonies. We visited Bagan though purely as tourists. We have traveled to Borobudur in Indonesia and Angkor Wat in Cambodia but there is something uniquely special about Bagan. There are more temples to explore than at Borobudur and it currently is much less touristy than Angkor Continue Reading →