January 5, 2023

Shin Okubo, the most international part of Tokyo

At 30 percent non-Japanese residents, Shin Okubo is perhaps the most international neighbourhood of Tokyo. I come here whenever I want to pretend to be Korean or Nepalese or Vietnamese.

Shin Okubo, Tokyo

Shin Okubo, Tokyo

Shin Okubo, Tokyo

Shin Okubo, Tokyo

Shin Okubo, Tokyo

Shin Okubo, Tokyo

Shin Okubo, Tokyo

Shin Okubo, Tokyo

Shin Okubo, Tokyo

travel japan
December 30, 2022

Sona, a new hiding place in Vientiane

Sona, a hiding place in Vientiane

Sona, a hiding place in Vientiane

Sona, a hiding place in Vientiane

Sona, a hiding place in Vientiane

Late at night, I was looking for a respite from the cold. I found Sona on the Lan Xang avenue just about 150 meters from my stay.

travel Lao
December 20, 2022

The land of million elephants

Postage stamp from Lao

In school I used to learn about Lao as the land of a million elephants (Lan Xang: Million Elephants). Now I know Lao as the place with the fastest train in South East Asia.

travel Lao
November 30, 2022

Rainy night in Yangon

I found some photos of an early water resistant phone test, I think it was iPhone 8 from 2018. I miss Burma and the rains. During this season the buildings turn green with moss.

Rainy night in Yangon, Burma.

Rainy night in Yangon, Burma.

Rainy night in Yangon, Burma.

Rainy night in Yangon, Burma.

Rainy night in Yangon, Burma.

Yangon Burma travel
November 12, 2022

Mentos with lunch

Bun Dau Mam Tom

Bun Dau Mam Tom

We get mentos with our bun dau mam tom.

Bun Dau Mam Tom

The culprit is the mam tom, the pungent shrimp sauce. Some people, including many Vietnamese, don’t like the smell. It can be divisive, like Nato in Japan or the Durian in Singapore. Hence the mentos for when you get back to civilisation.

Bun Dau Mam Tom

Notice also the 1980s design of the shop, appealing to nostalgia. Now I miss Hanoi. Let’s go there soon.

Vietnam food Saigon
November 10, 2022

Deep in the alley

the alley with vegetarian food

Inside an alley in Saigon, Hoa showed me a hidden vegetarian place.

the alley with vegetarian food

the alley with vegetarian food

the alley with vegetarian food

the alley with vegetarian food

The nice thing about inner alleys is that most neighbours house doors are open. This lets us eavesdrop on their lives. We try to imagine their backstories.

the alley with vegetarian food

This is 68/11 Le Van Sy. If you don’t find it at first, keep walking deep into the alley. Something wonderful is always found.

Saigon food