Cliffside statue at Haedong Yonggungsa Temple in Busan, South Korea.
Choi Hung Estate Basketball Courts
It was really cloudy when I took this photo but you wouldn’t know it because of the bright colors from the b ball courts and the apartment complex behind it. The famous spot is situated near the Choi Hung Estate, above a parking garage. Choi Hung means rainbow 🌈
Hong Kong Observation Wheel
This Ferris wheel sits at Central Harbourfront in Victoria Harbor, Hong Kong. It was massive!!
Seattle has the Space Needle, Seoul has Namsan Tower, and Tokyo has a Skytree. I love sky decks because its probably the best way to see the city if you are short on time, or just want spectacular views. This photo was taken from the banks of the Sumida River on my way to brunch.
Streets of Mong Kok
I stayed in this part of Kowloon in Hong Kong. This part of this city is very local, close to many street/night markets, and near some of the best local cha chaan teng.
Red Sails at Victoria Harbor
I kinda fell in love with Victoria Harbor while visiting Hong Kong in March. The harbor lies between Kowloon and Hong Kong Island. The red sails of this traditional junk ship (this is what they are called I promise lol) stood out against the overcast sky. There is a lot of shopping, sightseeing, and just all around good vibes at the harbor. You can even cross the harbor on a ferry for about 3 Hong Kong dollars, cheap!!
This is hands down one of my favorite photos I’ve ever taken at Sensoji Temple. It’s pretty common to rent out a kimono for the day and walk around the historic temple. I want to try it!
Bridge at Kiba Park
There’s something about this bridge that I like. Maybe its the minimal design, the thick suspension wires, or the sheer immensity of it. The bridge is located in the vast Kiba Park, in the Koto ward. The bridge joins two parks that are separated by a canal. The view of this bridge is just as impressive at night as it is during the day. This pedestrian-only bridge is used by joggers, cyclists, and even the occasional picnic. I once encountered groups of people camped out on the bridge to see fireworks from a nearby neighborhood.
The Mayan Dancer
I heard drums beating in the distance. I didn’t know where it was coming from, but knew I had to find the source.
While visiting Tulum in late spring, I was casually walking down the street in search of an ATM. I had left the bar at Casa Lum to retrieve some cash. All of a sudden I hear a thundering of drums! I cross the street, forgetting about the cash, and follow the beat of the drums. I turned the corner and a stage was revealed. On the stage were a troupe of dancers in ceremonial Mayan dress. The dancing was hypnotic and entertaining. The dancers were performing a fire dance that was intense as well as mesmerizing.
I snapped out of my trance, and although I did not want to leave, I had a drink waiting for me back at the bar and pesos to acquire. You never know what you will find on a random stroll to the ATM.
View of Chinatown as seen from the Cermak train stop on the elevated train platform. The current Chinatown community was established in 1915. The original Chinatown was located slightly north, in Chicago’s South Loop during the 19th Century.
You can find museums, beautiful murals, interesting shops, and most importantly- amazing food! Don’t forget to try the dim sum.
I like seeing sunrises from the airport for some reason. This was taken at Chicago’s O’hare International Airport right before I left for Japan at the crack of dawn.
The Sears Tower
The Willis Tower, formerly The Sears Tower, has been an iconic building in Chicago’s skyline since 1973. Locals still refer to it as the Sears Tower even though it was renamed in 2009. The famous building held the title of tallest building in the world for over 20 years. The top deck has an observatory and a glass balcony called The Ledge. You can seemingly float over the city at 1,730 feet.
The building is viewed from the Amtrak rail yard on a foggy morning.
The Chicago Picasso
Did you know the city of Chicago has its own Pablo Picasso statue? The large iron piece is located in front of Daley Plaza in the heart of Chicago. The piece has been bewildering tourists and locals alike since 1967. The statue gives off many silhouettes depending at which angle you are looking at. Most people tend to see a profile of a woman.
In the end, Picasso did not accept the compensation for the art work. Instead he said it would be a gift from him to the people of Chicago.
Central Camera in Chicago
South of Chicago’s Loop, underneath the roaring elevated tracks, lies a small camera shop that has been around for ages. I had the pleasure of visiting Central Camera to peruse some lenses when I was back in Chicago for a visit in June. The store stocks vintage and lightly used cameras, discontinued film, dark room equipment, hard to find accessories, and can even process film. The shop workers really know their stuff and can help you find just about anything. Central Camera is family owned and has been around since 1899.
The first time I visited Sensoji in the Fall
Ornate detailing on the curved eaves
Dragon Scuplture at the Fountain
One of the two gates on the temple grounds
Shops in the Asakusa neighborhood
Grab a snack after visiting the temple!
Mural II on the stall walls at Sensō-ji Temple
I could stare at this forever. My mouth waters every time. Delicious ramen in Osaka. Check out the place in my 72 hours in Osaka post.
One of my favorites from this past weekend at Bukchon Hanok Village. Check out my blog for the full story.
In the neighborhood of Myeongdong in Seoul, there is Gatten Sushi. So good!
Jeju Bumper Cars
Can you tell that I’m a sucker for neon lights? These bumper cars were behind the hotel that I stayed in, in Jeju. Check out my Jeju guide!
Neon Lights in Dōtonbori
Famous neon lights of Osaka’s Dotonbori Canal.
Creepy branches frame Osaka Castle at night time. This is one of my favorite photographs that I took on this trip.
Alleys of Osaka
You never know what you will find in Osaka’s tiny alleyways.
양꼬치 (YANGKKOCHI) which is lamb skewers in the Hongdae Neighborhood.
Near the Hongik University in Seoul, there is the neighborhood of Hongdae. Lots of college kids hang out in this area and put on performances.
Gorgeous palms at the local plant store in Michoacán near La Barca.
Catedral de Nuestra Virgen de Guadalupe
Inside of the massive cathedral in Zamora.
Catedral de Nuestra Virgen de Guadalupe
This Cathedral in Zamora has beautiful Romanesque architecture.
Graffiti in Guadalajara
Graffiti line the streets of Guadalajara’s colorful neighborhoods.
Guadalajara Graffiti 2
Colors burst forth from the wall.
Fresco of Hidalgo
Orozco fresco in the Palacio de Gobierno
Palms on the Beach
Anytime I see palm trees, I am instantly happy. These palms are on Railay Beach, the first stop on the island hopping tour I took in Thailand.
Longtail Boats at Ao Nang Beach- Krabi, Thailand
Mai Tai at Beach Bar
I’m such a sucker for a tropical drink. If it has pineapple, coconut, and rum - I am there. I believe this was consumed at 11 am. Cocktail hour is every hour when you are on vacation!
Sunsets in Thailand
It’s cliche, but honestly every single sunset was beautiful.
Longtail Boat for Island Hopping
As seen from a boat, in the middle of the Andaman Sea. I saw this every single day and I did not get tired of it. Still in awe.
Calm Before the Storm
Colorful Hindu God at Batu Caves- Malaysia
Daisies at Sang-dong Lake Park
Bar sign in Bucheon
I’m a sucker for typography. Anyone else?
Gorilla Craft Beer- Busan
Some choice craft beer all the way from Busan, South Korea. I believe it was a Blonde Ale.