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A Night at the Sapporo Beer Garden

by Joseph Ellis March 8, 2015

“You must try the Genghis Khan,” exclaimed our trusty guide when we informed her that we would spend two nights in Sapporo. Genghis Khan, why him? I said chuckling to myself. What has the great Mongolian got to do with Japan? Well, tales of how he cooked his food seem to have influenced a dish best served with cold beer. […]

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Exploring Eastern Hokkaido with JAPANiCAN

by Rosemarie John March 4, 2015

It was the dark of night when we set foot in Hokkaido, Japan’s second largest and northernmost island. The cold wind made us tuck ourselves into our jackets as we alighted from the cab at our hotel. We had journeyed for more than 13 hours and our tired bodies were screaming for some much needed rest. The curtains in our […]

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Sponsored Post: Chef to Chef TV Series by InterContinental Hotels and Resorts

by Joseph Ellis February 18, 2015

Sponsored videos As you all know, Rosemarie and I are foodies. And if you follow us on Instagram, you will know that, that is indeed a fact! With the launch of Chef to Chef TV Series by InterContinental Hotels and Resorts, our urge for an international food adventure has become stronger. Chef to Chef features acclaimed chef and host Sharone […]

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10 Fun Things to do in Xian – China

by Rosemarie John December 9, 2014

1. Huaqing Hot Springs Visit the Huaqing Hot Springs which was the grounds for the infamous love affair between Emperor Xuanzong and his concubine Yang Guifei during the Tang Dynasty era.

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Canberra Southern Cross Club – Twilight Cruise

by Rosemarie John December 3, 2014

The wind was in my hair, the sun shined brightly and the fluffy clouds moved gracefully in the bright blue sky. I was at the Canberra Southern Cross Club’s jetty just about to board the M.V. Southern Cross for an arvo of cocktails and canapes! If you’re anything like me, a day our on the water puts a smile on […]

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The Great Mosque of Xian – Oldest Mosque in China

by Rosemarie John November 2, 2014

I was standing in a sacred location, a place that has served the Muslim community of Xi’an for more than a millennium. I was in China’s oldest and most renowned mosque. Laid out like a traditional Chinese Temple, the Great Mosque of Xian was built in 742 AD during the Tang Dynasty. The Great Mosque was built to honour the […]

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3 Free Things to do in Canberra, Australia

by Rosemarie John October 29, 2014

 Sponsored Post Canberra is the city where the rest of Australia mocks its quietude, but those that reside in it sing its virtues. Despite being the seat of power to one the world’s most developed country, Canberra remains somewhat of an unknown to the tourists interested in trekking down under. Nestled between Sydney and Melbourne, Canberra’s birth was in fact […]

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The Rocks – Sydney’s Cultural Precinct

by Rosemarie John October 21, 2014

It was a bright sunny day in Sydney. A bead of sweat ran down my neck as the heat warmed my skin. I had arrived from Canberra – the cold capital of Australia just 30 minutes ago snuggly wrapped in warm clothes. As I got out of the taxi, I started to remove my cardigan. Silhouetted against the bright sunlight […]

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Celebrating 100 Years of Commercial Flight

by Rosemarie John October 3, 2014

One hundred years ago on 1 January 1914, four men made the first scheduled commercial airline flight possible: Percival Fansler organised the funding for the St. Petersburg-Tampa Airboat Line which provided the first scheduled air service across Tampa Bay, Florida. Thomas Benoist’s airboat conducted the first flight, piloted by Tony Jannus. Abram Pheil, then mayor of St. Petersburg, paid $400 […]

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Xi’an – An Ancient City Beckons

by Rosemarie John September 19, 2014

Its history began literally in the Stone Age 3000 years ago and served as the capital of China for several ancient dynasties. A great metropolis that was as important as Rome in its hey days. It was the starting point of the ancient Silk Road – the largest overland trade route linking China to Central Asia and Europe. It has […]

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