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Nippon Craft Beer's Far Yeast Sweet Vanilla Stout

Japanese Brewing Revolution

The stereotype concocted to describe Japanese industry asserts that Japan is very good at copying what others have done and introducing marginal improvements and cost-cutting techniques to make quality products at competitive prices. The stereotype suggests, however, that Japan falls short in the area of innovation and that, in recent years, the economy has suffered […]

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Fromage, Baguette, & French

I’m not French but I consume an incredibly excessive amount of Fromage (cheese) and Baguette (a long thin loaf of French bread). It’s so sinful that the only way I can redeem myself and carry on with this overindulgence is by learning French. So just a month ago together with my overly baked enthusiasm, I signed myself up for intensive […]

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Striking A Chord

Religion, politics, whether or not to breed — some people seem to orient their lives and choice of partners on these (mindless?) factors. More fundamental factors such as sustenance (finding the best food and beverages), geography (and climate), and relaxation (books and music) are our common challenges and pursuits. Naturally, I’ve had to share with […]

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At Niagara: North of the Border

4 days before our trip to Canada, I was startled to learn that my only entry ticket to the country, my US permanent resident card, had to be surrendered to USCIS. I wasn’t ready to let it go, especially because my ever-so-trusted Philippine passport is no good in Canada without a visa. Holding it tightly as the […]


Be Kind to Beer

News alert: beer is not a thirst-quencher! This is one of the distressing discoveries I’ve made over my five years in the tropics. Keep in mind that I love beer and eagerly sample local brews and local honey wherever on this planet I happen to find myself. It’s not been a conscious decision to cut […]

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Tired of Hong Kong? Try Taipei!

Ok, so you’ve been to Hong Kong a million times and somehow it already feels like a second home. You already know how to get to your favourite local noodle restaurant even with your eyes closed. Going around and out of town does not require you anymore to bring that trusted metro map. That Portuguese […]


Revisiting Macau on Mid-Autumn Festival

If you’re exhausted with work demands and need a quick getaway to recharge without the hassles of visa application, traveling long hours by plane, boats, and buses, consider going to Hong Kong and Macau. That’s what Jeff and I did a few years ago. With just a weekend bag, we flew to Hong Kong and […]