Nagano for All Seasons

Tokyo is a god of a city, but as far as beaten paths go, it’s fairly beaten. While the multiple interconnecting railway lines can be intimidating at first, they are the cheapest, easiest way to escape the metropolis and uncover sights that most visitors miss. Japan truly is one of those countries that shines no […]

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The Heart of Penang’s Cuisine

Tucked away on the idyllic northern coast of Penang island, where the ocean meets the rainforest, sits Tropical Spice Garden, a bio-diverse living museum that honors the intimate relationship between Malaysia’s food, its people and its geography. The Garden’s six acres are home to more than 500 living specimens of lush and exotic flora that […]

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2019: Year of the Pig

The twelfth and final year in the Chinese zodiac, the Year of the Pig, is fast approaching. While pigs tend to have gluttonous, negative connotations in Europe and America, they’re considered symbols of wealth and generosity in China. And people born in the Year of the Pig (1983, 1995, 2007) are considered to be reliable, […]

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Jewels of the Jungle: Birds-of-Paradise

“It’s difficult not to be enchanted by the birds-of-paradise. They’re some of the most extraordinary birds in the world,” commented Ch’ien Lee, accomplished biologist and professional photographer. With 42 unique species, ranging in size from the King Bird-of-paradise at 5.9 inches tall to the Curl-crested Manucode at 17 inches, the diversity in their extravagant plumage […]

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Wild Eats

Organic produce and eating local might sound like modern trends but for the people of Sarawak in Borneo (Malaysia), it’s been a way of life for thousands of years thanks to the rich biodiversity of their 130 million year old rainforest. According to the World Wildlife Fund, Borneo is estimated to contain more than 15,000 […]

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Art by Humans, Art by Nature

For those looking to spend the summer immersed in beauty, Penang should be at the top of the list. Thanks to its 130 million year old rainforest and 5,000 years of human civilization, the island has a wealth of both natural and man-made art. In fact, the whole month of August is devoted to it. […]

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