Tickled pink: It’s now cherry blossoms season in these Philippine places

To touch and see cherry blossoms are among the top reasons why many are looking forward to visiting Japan. It’s spring in the Land of the Rising Sun, and since international travel is limited, flying to Japan will have to wait. But you do not have to fly to our Asian neighbor to see the beauty of cherry blossoms. There …

Travel now driven by desire to reconnect after long lockdown, study shows

Most people are now desiring to travel to make connections or create an impact — and no longer just to have nice Instagram feeds. That is what digital travel platform Agoda.com recently revealed in its commissioned global survey, What Matters 2021. The survey showed that Filipinos are looking forward to spending more quality time with loved ones this year (at …

Asia’s changing street food scene: Taiwan

While there’s a certain romanticism to a one-dish vendor and a dish passed down and perfected over the centuries, for many families, it simply just isn’t realistic. Dr. Shuenn-Der Yu, a faculty member at the Academia Sinica Institute of Ethnology, whose thesis focused on Taiwanese night markets, said, “In the 80s and 90s, night market stalls made a lot of …

How Finland embraced being ‘world’s happiest nation’

For tourism and country-branding chiefs, Finland’s “world’s happiest” title is a blessing they were quick to capitalise on. Joel Willans, a British digital marketer and creator of the “Very Finnish Problems” social media page, who has lived in Finland since the early 2000s shared, “It’s a really powerful, emotional, evocative thing to say you’re the happiest country in the world. …

Travel: No longer just for Instagram

Backpacking, solo travels and detailed bucket lists have been most travelers’ must-do’s in the past. Famous sites were often visited for the purpose of getting a great shot for the gram. The pandemic, however, drastically changed all that. In less than a year, no thanks to the coronavirus disease and resulting community lockdowns, people have suddenly shifted their travel goals …

Asia’s changing street food scene: Thailand

Thailand’s military government carried out one of the most extreme anti-street food campaigns in the region. In 2017, there was a mass purge of street food stalls from Bangkok’s main roads. Chawadee Nualkhair, a Bangkok food writer, shared, “The government has been pretty zealous in cleaning up the sidewalks and returning them to the average citizens and trying to paint …

Coco Chanel & Jersey dresses

Coco Chanel loved jersey — knitted clothing, generally made of wool or cotton, usually with sleeves, worn as a pullover, as it does not open at the front, unlike a cardigan. The fabric was especially prominent in her sportswear-influenced pieces, much to the shock of her clientele, which was used to satin and silk. It was an unusual choice for …

Drenched in purple, South Korean islands draw tourists

Residents of the Banwol and Bakji Islands in South Korea, known as the ‘Purple Islands’, have painted their houses, roads and bridges in shades of the hue, and planted purple flowers such as lavender and asters to transform their town into a tourist attraction. The tiny, tranquil islands have a little over a hundred residents and were picked for a …

Asia’s changing street food scene: Hong Kong & Seoul

In Hong Kong, street food has an actual expiration date. There are only 25 licensed street vendors left — called dai pai dongs — and the government isn’t issuing new licenses. Food writer Janice Leung Hayes explains, “The license follows the business owner, not the business. If the business owner passes away or decides to retire, they can’t pass the …