Jetset Times

BY WENDY HUNG

Flickr Yuya Sekiguchi Shanghai

Photo: Flickr/Yuya Sekiguchi

Today’s Shanghai is a metropolitan comparable to the Big Apple of Asia, with skyscrapers towering over the waterfront, sophisticated travelers bustling in and out of the cosmopolitan city scene. There’s also the other Shanghai where toddlers sporadically take a leak on the corner of downtown where men in designer suits are commuting to work. It’s a city of extremes in which dichotomy oddly coexists better than mountains and water.

Since the Song Dynasty, Shanghai has claimed its status as a powerful player with the spurt of growth that leaves the rest of the world gazing in awe particularly in recent decades. Although old Shanghai glamour from the 1920s has been replaced by contemporary aspirations of the new, Shanghai thrives as a city of Asia’s now.

For travelers, Shanghai is the ideal destination for city lovers as it offers delectable street food alongside world-renowned gastronomy. The…

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TechCrunch

Bangkok-based gaming startup Infinity Levels has landed $500,000 in funding to help it follow the model of success popularized by Supercell’s business and its blockbuster smash title Clash Of Clans.

Infinity Levels actually pivoted from an original focus on dating apps to games last year. Having taken an early seed funding round from Thai e-book startup Ookbee and Singles Solution (Infinity Levels CEO and co-founder Nikki Assavathorn’s other business), it has now pulled in this new round from InVent, a VC firm with links to Thai operator AIS.

That pivot is quite the transformation. Assavathorn told TechCrunch in an interview that its Avalable dating app remains in service, but the 10-person team has switched focus to gaming because of a perception that the grounds are more fertile, particular for freemium-based games.

Infinity Levels’s first game is Ranch Run. The title is something like a mix between Clash Of Clans, Farmville and a racing game…

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Berlin City Guide

Posted: December 16, 2014 in Uncategorized

It’s More Fun in Boracay

Posted: December 15, 2014 in Uncategorized

Rootless Lily

Most countries have a tourism slogan. I’m not sure what it’s supposed to accomplish but they range from things like Jamaica’s “Get All Right” to South Korea’s “Be Inspired.” I generally don’t hear or see anything about a country’s slogan outside of a sign or two at the airport. The Philippines, however, gets really into their travel slogan. Everywhere I go, I’ve seen reminders of it. Wifi passwords. T-Shirts. Beach vendors shouting it.

“It’s more fun in the Philippines.”

And it is. Or at least, it is in Boracay. The Philippines is made up of over 7,000 islands and I’m sure they’re very different from Boracay. I’m hardly an expert on the Philippines but Boracay is the perfect place to go for a tropical vacation. I think it may win my “dream island” award! Sorry, Gili T.

Life in Boracay focuses around White Beach, a long stretch of perfectly white…

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Wonders Catcher

Gamcheon Village was established by refugees from the Korean war back in the fifties, resulting in a very run down area until it was transformed into an arts and culture village in 2010.

  • Address: Gamcheon Culture Village, 10-13 Gamcheon-2-dong (감천2동 ), Saha-gu, Busan, South Korea
    • by subway – Line 1, Toseong Station (Exit 6), then take the local bus 2 or 2-2 in front of the Cancer Center Hospital and stop at Gamcheon Elementary School (감천초등학교)
  • Admission fees: none

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Making Due With Three Wheels

Posted: December 9, 2014 in Uncategorized

Still Times - Capturing Glimpses of Times With Words & Photographs

We’ve seen some pretty amazing things with some of the locals and what they can do with 2 and 3 wheels. Whether out of necessity or determination, the locals haul anything or anyone. Look at these amazing and wonderful people, they make do with what they have to move mountains (not literally).

I’ve seen a young man texting while on a scooter in local traffic, a family of 4 on one scooter, up to 8 people on a 3 wheel cart, and a man riding his scooter while he walked 5 dogs. I can only tell you about these times as I was too dumb founded to hurry up and snap a shot.

Life here is so interesting and wonderful! Please enjoy the photo’s.

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Narawntapu National Park

Posted: December 8, 2014 in Uncategorized

Fifty Toes Walkabout

Narawntapu National Park hadn’t been on our radar but when Hannah rejected our camp in the middle of the river at garden island near Clarence, after we had set up camp I may add, but we stumbled upon it as we headed towards Devonport, with only a few days left before we leave Tasmania.

NarawntapuNP

Dubbed the Serengeti of Tasmania it comes as no surprise to see vast expanses of short grassland, but instead of wilderbeest, lions, and elephants, this national park is full of marsupials. Forresters Kangaroos, Bennetts Wallabies, Pademelons, Bettongs and Potoroos all can be found here. I still can’t work out which is which but the ranger told us the rule of thumb was whether they are knee or waist high, and bigger or smaller than this, but there are so many joeys around too they are starting to all look the same. The wetlands are a haven for…

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