Today you ate what has to be the best bowl of shoyu ramen of your life so far. You ordered it from a vending machine outside the ramen place. It was handed to you by someone hidden behind a drop-down curtain. You never saw the person’s face. This was at 8 in the morning. For lunch, you had a delightful experience selecting your favourite pieces of sushi from a never-ending display passing by on the conveyor belt in front of you. You even had the chefs make you specialized pieces by ordering from the electronic tablet at your table. For dinner you felt like spicing things up with a plate of Japanese-style curry rice from the famous Curry House CoCo Ichibanya. You then explored the out-of-this-world district of Shinjuku for the rest of the night. It was a good day in Tokyo. You can now grab a train back to…

Canada

It’s that long weekend getaway to the country house. No plans. No alarms. No emails. No Netflix. No stress. It feels good to disconnect from our daily realities sometimes.

Twenty twenty has has not been a particularly good year for the world in general. Due to COVID-19, most Canadians have not been doing much traveling since March. Since we cannot really leave the country, most of us have used this forced opportunity to do some local exploring. For me, this took form as a short weekend trip to our province’s capital city: Quebec City. It always feels good to visit the capital. I’m especially fond of the sceneries offered by the Basse-Ville (lower city). This was a beautiful way of celebrating my birthday.

Most of us find ourselves living fast-paced lives. Everything needs to happen now, real-time, instantaneously. Emails need to be sent and received now. Food has to be prepared quickly and ingested before it gets cold. The computer needs to compute lightning quick and perform our tasks immediately. Our bosses need this and that done right now. We have to hurry up to pick up the kids. We also have to hurry up before the light turns red. We have to get things done now so we can meet our end faster. Sometimes we take a breather. We travel and get to see that not everyone’s clock ticks at the same pace. There are those out there who are living on a different beat either by choice or by lack of opportunities.

Photo tips

This photo tip is mostly geared towards trips in urban areas as opposed to nature type adventures. I understand that after a long day of wandering around a new city seeing and doing as much as we can, some times…

Four days in Paris. There are worse ways of celebrating New Year’s. It was Stephanie’s first time in the City of Lights and she loved it. A lengthier stay is definitely on the to-do list.

Photo tips

When given the chance, I love to travel alone because it means I get to do it without making any detailed plans. I’ll often head out with a rough idea of what I’d like to see and experience but without…