Book review: Enchanting Penang (by David Bowden)

Title: Enchanting Penang Author: David Bowden Publisher: John Beaufoy Publishing Limited     In this book, David Bowden gives a introduction to Penang, Malaysia. He writes about the history, reglions, climate, food, forests, and main tourist attractions eg the murals. The main focus of the book is George Town but David Bowden also covers places… Continue reading Book review: Enchanting Penang (by David Bowden)

Book review: Stonehenge (Michael Capek)

Title: Stonehenge Author: Michael Capek Publisher: Abdo Publishing   Stonehenge is a man-made formation of big rocks laid in a circular shape. It is located at Salisbury Plain, as shown on map above. It is surrounded by a air of mystery that people had tried to solve for centuries. Who built it and why? The… Continue reading Book review: Stonehenge (Michael Capek)

Book review: Zen gardens and temples of Kyoto (John Dougill)

Title: Zen gardens and temples of Kyoto Author: John Dougill Publisher: Tuttle Publishing Photography: John Einarsen   There are many temples in Kyoto, Japan, such as Kiyomizu-dera, Kinkaku-ji, and Chion-in. These temples belong to different Buddhist denominations. It is not easy to tell the difference without some research. This book focuses on the temples in… Continue reading Book review: Zen gardens and temples of Kyoto (John Dougill)

Switzerland travel: To use Euros or Swiss francs in Switzerland

Can I use Euros in Switzerland?   That was 1 question I asked before my trip to Switzerland. The answers on the travel forums were a mix of yes and no. The general advice was to use Swiss francs as that is the official currency of Switzerland. When I was at the shopping street, Hoheweg,… Continue reading Switzerland travel: To use Euros or Swiss francs in Switzerland

Hong Kong travel: Do not expect good customer service in Hong Kong

  I visited Hong Kong many years ago. One thing that left a lasting impression is the customer service, or rather the lack of it, in Hong Kong. Let me share 2 instances in this post. I went to a traditional cafe aka cha chaan teng, for lunch. It was lunch hour thus the place… Continue reading Hong Kong travel: Do not expect good customer service in Hong Kong

Switzerland travel: Witnessing an act of theft in youth hostel

They say you will meet people from diverse cultural backgrounds and nationalities when staying in a hostel, making the stay and trip unforgettable. They also say to watch out for thieves when staying in a hostel. To a certain extent I agree with them. I stayed in a youth hostel during my short stay in… Continue reading Switzerland travel: Witnessing an act of theft in youth hostel