Blogs I Follow
1. Each week, we’ll provide a theme for creative inspiration. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Wednesday when the next photo theme … Continue reading
A great option probably on par with a hostel, but you’d have more space.
The Grand Mercure Dongchen offers beautiful rooms and good service. I actually reserved a room here by accident. I wanted to book a room at the Mercure by Beijing’s South Cathedral, but inadvertently booked this location. I found the staff … Continue reading
It turned out that I had forgotten to book a room in Beijing for July 6th. In April I thought I’d just save money and stay at a hostel before returning to my Beijing hotel, Novotel Xinqiao. However, the hostel … Continue reading
One of the best choices for this trip was to stay for a couple days at the Westin Miyako Hotel in Kyoto in one of their traditional Japanese rooms. Now not everyone wold want to take this step, but I’ve … Continue reading
I arrived in Japan tonight! My vacation has begun. For my first night I decided to stay by the airport at the Hotel Nikko. The service was so efficient at check in (and through the customs process) that I was … Continue reading
You probably know that lots of hotels are having Black Friday deals. Accor, who owns ibis, Mercure and Sofitel among others has 40% off. I wish I’d known as I made my reservations for my Japan trip and got some … Continue reading
There’s a new Pullman Car service between Chicago and New Orleans. A few old style Pullman Cars restored to their 1950s version with a dining car, club car and porter service offer a kind of time travel. Click here to … Continue reading
For years, since it opened actually, I’ve wanted to stay at the Peninsula Hotel in Beijing. This five star hotel group is outside my price range in the US, Europe or Hong Kong. I’ve considered booking a room in the … Continue reading
capturing memories one moment at a time
Drawing inspiration for travel
Extraordinary delight of musicals and spirituality
Life hacks, fashion and beauty tips, photography, health gyan, poetry and heartfelt musings about everything and anything under the sun!
“The audience seems hazy to me, shrouded in a veil through which I can’t see.” Park Chan-wook
A sailboat, a couple, and their little dog too.
A bit of this, a bit of that, the meandering thoughts of a dreamer.
A celebration of Japanese culture.
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Vegetarian + plant-based recipes + travel photography
By University of Illinois, Champaign Urbana, iSchool Students
The good, the bad and the ugly; an uncensored look at the latest films hitting the big screen.
News and commentaries for a free and just China
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Looking deeper at the best classic movies
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