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, […]Read More 2019: Year of the Pig
One of my first tasks after joining StraitsJourneys was to update the About Us section on the website, and the below story, though it didn’t make the cut, has been stuck in my mind since. As preamble to launching a company devoted to deep travel, Judy tapped subject matter experts to show her and her […]Read More Beijing to Taipei: An Art Collection’s Wild Journey
It’s easy to forget that the map of the globe wasn’t always the way it is today. Borders have been redrawn too many times to count. Populations were abruptly combined into states by colonizers. The names that locals gave to their lands sometimes stuck and were sometimes overwritten by a foreign nation’s interpretation. The names […]Read More The Tangled Roots of Countries’ Names (Part 1)
Our mission is to transform the guided tour sector from overdone standard packages into highly-personalized, knowledge-driven experiences. We welcome experience seekers, knowledge providers and all who share our love of immersive cultural experiences to join us on this journey. Be sure to keep an eye out for exclusive promotions that we’ll be offering to celebrate […]Read More StraitsJourneys is Counting Down to Launch!
There is a beautiful line in Jhumpa Lahiri’s international bestseller The Namesake that you’ve probably seen floating around the internet: “That’s the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet.” The exploration of unfamiliar lands can happen on the page or on a plane, and in some magical instances, both at the […]Read More A Year of Literature
When the phrase tea ceremony is mentioned, you likely think of Japan’s meticulous rituals or of Chinese wedding traditions. However, the lesser-known tea culture of Taiwan is no less captivating. “Tea is not merely a drink but an art form in Taiwan,” states Dave Lim, owner of Sun Ray Cafe in Singapore and winner of […]Read More The Cultivated Elegance of Taiwanese Tea