If you ever head out to Egypt, you'll definitely want to check out Sharm el-Sheikh.  Sometimes referred to as "the City of Peace" (so named because of the many peace conferences held in Sharm el-Sheikh) is at the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt and right along the coast of the Red Sea.  I'm sure most people think of Cairo or Luxor when they think of Egypt, but Sharm el-Sheikh has plenty of…
Monday, 19 March 2012 17:43

EDA World

Written by Ken Ku
Who knew there could be a small scale Las Vegas right here in Taiwan?  EDA World is tucked away in some mountains of southern Taiwan by Kaoshiung and is a master planned city of sorts.  It has its own K-12 school, university, mega shopping complex, amusement park, and shuttle buses to Kaoshiung as well as residential communities.  Everything is walking distance to each other and connected via a series of skywalks.  A variety of entertainment…
Wednesday, 25 January 2012 20:26

THAT'S the Steam Engine?!

Written by Ken Ku
Today I decided to be a farmer for a day.  Ok.  For a few minutes.  I'm sure I could have done more work pulling radishes out of the ground but my Uncle said that some of them might need two more weeks to grow larger.  A lot of the white Daikon radishes we pulled out were a few inches long and looked more like ginseng.  There were probably a dozen or so when we finished…
Thursday, 26 January 2012 22:16

Tried to Go Shopping...

Written by Ken Ku
So today I just needed to get something very minor: some hair bands.  I know it is still Chinese New Year and everything so I expected that people would be out but I had absolutely no idea how insane it would be!  The normally 10 minute walk from my house to the department store took more than 40 minutes.  Sure there were lots of people milling around, but it was because everyone parked their scooters…
Monday, 23 January 2012 15:36

The Year of the Dragon is Upon Us!

Written by Ken Ku
On the first day of the New Year, which starts at Midnight, it is customary to give a red envelope which contains money and this is probably the part that people are most familiar with.  Aside from giving red envelopes to unmarried children/juniors, there is also the fact that some people abstain from eating meat, not using knives or lighting fires (i.e. not using the kitchen), not throwing out garbage, etc.  Also to keep away…
Tuesday, 17 January 2012 18:02

So Many Unknowns Ahead

Written by Ken Ku
I have faced this decision many times in the past: whether to stay in Canada or to move back to Taiwan.  It is extremely difficult because of several reasons.  1.  While I have been to Taiwan on countless occasions to visit family, I have never really had to sit down and think about living here; there's always Vancouver.  But this time it is different, I am am at a point in my life where I…
Sunday, 15 January 2012 22:20

2012...Taiwan...and Other Destinations Yet Unknown

Written by Ken Ku
Wow last year was a whirlwind and 2012 promises to bring a lot more traveling although definitely at a slower pace.  I will be using Taiwan as my base of operations and will be doing quite a bit of exploring around the island for the next few months and as well as the surround countries.  I'm hoping to focus a lot more on some scuba as well as just general travel and definitely there will…
Sunday, 27 November 2011 05:50

Abhostel in Antwerp

Written by Ken Ku
I arrived in Antwerp late today and since there really wasn't anything to do by the time I got in to town, I just headed to my hostel and checked in.  Thankfully there was internet in the room and I was able to catch up on my blogging.  I am really like where I am staying here in Antwerp.  It is a family owned hostel called Abhostel and apparently it used to be a praline…
Friday, 25 November 2011 01:37

Jack and Chris

Written by Ken Ku
I didn't really do anything today except walk around the downtown area of Amsterdam.  I blame it on the second hand pot smoke but at the same time it was also very nice to just stay close to the hostel.  I checked out some of the head shops that are around to look for souvenirs for friends back at home and was surprised at the variety of things that they carry!  Some of these contraptions…
Thursday, 24 November 2011 01:02

A'Dam Here I Come

Written by Ken Ku
I took the train from Hannover to Amsterdam today.  Thankfully Lennard offered to drive me to Hannover station which made the trip a lot more comfortable!  I also reserved a compartment for the ride so that I could sit in an area that's relatively private.  There are only six seats in the compartment and for the most of the ride to Amsterdam I had the lights turned off and had a nice little nap. I…
One of the things that I promised Lennard that I would do while I was visiting him was to show him some photography techniques so today we took the day and went out shooting.  We talked about aperture, shutter speed, as well as how to design a photo.  Certain techniques that help to enhance a photo visually and then we put them into practice.  The day was perfect for a photo lesson too, the sun…
Saturday, 19 November 2011 00:10

Spa Time! In the Netherlands!

Written by Ken Ku
There is nothing better than going to the spa on a cold autumn night.  I went to Lennard's dental practice earlier during the day today to have one of my molars checked out because I had chipped it a while ago and he was able to help me smooth it down and then walking back to the house all I could think about was going to the spa: soaking in the hot spring and sitting…
Friday, 18 November 2011 00:08

Walked Around the Canal in Papenburg

Written by Ken Ku
I knew that I was going to meet Lennard for lunch today so I went a little earlier to check it out and walk along the canal that runs along the centre of the town.  I found a small book store that sold panoramic postcards of Papenburg so I pick up a few before heading to the döner restaurant.  I wasn't exactly sure if there will be any vegetarian options but I didn't need to…
Wednesday, 16 November 2011 22:22

Road Trip to Papenburg!

Written by Ken Ku
Originally, I planned to explore the town and possibly go to the lab with Lennard and visit his facilities but in the end I decided to catch up on some sleep.  It wasn't very exciting but I suppose I needed it.  There will be plenty of time to visit the rest of Göttingen when I come back on Sunday.  Today Lennard and I will be taking a three hour road trip up to Papenburg, where…
Tuesday, 15 November 2011 22:21

Going to Göttingen

Written by Ken Ku
I left Düsseldorf today for Göttingen to visit a friend of mine from private school that I hadn't seen in over ten years!  Before I left for the train station, I went to the Deustche Post to mail off some post cards but the office was closed!  There was an automated machine outside that sold stamps specifically for postcards which is what I bought.  I just hope that I bought enough postage for each card…
Tuesday, 15 November 2011 07:31

Revisited the Old Town of Düsseldorf

Written by Ken Ku
It was absolutely beautiful, 13°C with the sun shining, and not a cloud in the sky.  I decided to take the rest of the afternoon to go out for a walk back to the old town and take some photos of the Goethe Museum, the Jägerhof, as well as some other things along the Rhine.  I walked by several bakeries and the delicious smell of pretzels enticed me inside.  I ended up just buying two…
Monday, 14 November 2011 07:18

What a Lazy Sunday!

Written by Ken Ku
After going coming home from the club at around 0330, I thought it would be a good idea to take it easy today.  I didn't really do much except for drink lots of coffee.  I did make lunch and improvised a bit because there was no curry powder for the naan like pancake that I was thinking of making.  So instead I used ground coriander and some chilli powder into the flower.  It tasted alright…
Sunday, 13 November 2011 07:49

Went to Mandanzz! What a Party!

Written by Ken Ku
After we got back from walking around the old town and shopping around Düsseldorf, I decided to make dinner for Keith and I.  There's nothing better than tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches on a cold autumn night so we went to the local grocery store and picked up ingredients for some gourmet food: roasted tomato soup and emmenthal and gruyère on a German bread.  It was definitely what I needed, not only was I…
Sunday, 13 November 2011 05:23

Went Shopping in Düsseldorf

Written by Ken Ku
Yesterday, when I got into Düsseldorf, it was so nice to be greeted at the airport by a friend!  Especially when I haven't seen Keith since 2003!  I can't believe how long it has been so of course we spent most of the time just catching up.  Even though it wasn't too late, I just had to go to bed.  I think it was one of the best sleeps I've ever had!  I just completely…
My adventure to Düsseldorf started yesterday at about eight o'clock at night from Manchester Piccadilly train station.  Joe and I walked from his flat to the train station hoping to catch the earlier train but unfortunately we missed it which was no big deal since there was another one right afterwards.  Thankfully it was a direct train to Euston Station in London and would arrive about 2230.  I knew that I had about an hour…
Friday, 11 November 2011 00:09

Another Travel Adventure Begins! Leaving Manchester...

Written by Ken Ku
I can't believe that I have been in Manchester for four days already!  I seems like I barely had enough time to see the city and now I'm getting ready to leave again.  This next travel day will be an interesting one since I decided not to book any accommodations on my way back to London Heathrow and my flight is in the morning at 10AM.  I'm not quite sure what exactly my plan will…
Thursday, 10 November 2011 04:19

Wandered Around Manchester City Centre

Written by Ken Ku
After the horrendously long travel day on Monday, I spent most of Tuesday just relaxing and trying to get caught up on my blogging as well as some other work so I didn't really explore Manchester all that much.  I did however go to the shopping centre that is just across the train tracks and it really reminded me of home!  There are stores there like TJ Max (but its called TK Max) and other…
Thursday, 10 November 2011 00:57

Finally Arrived in the UK...

Written by Ken Ku
I got up to leave Zürich at six in the morning so that I had plenty of time to take the tram and the train to get to the airport and when I arrived at the train station I missed the train by just a few seconds!  I watched it depart just as I got to the platform and while I was disappointed I knew that I had plenty of time and wouldn't miss my…
Monday, 07 November 2011 16:02

Pit Stop in Zürich?

Written by Ken Ku
Before I left Geneva for Zürich, Claire, Elizabeth, Sabrina, and I had a huge Sunday brunch!  There was sweet crêpes filled with bananas and Nutella, then savoury crêpes with roasted potatoes, and scrambled eggs.  It was absolutely a feast where afterwards the only think everyone wanted to do was take a nap.  I have to admit, that is exactly what I did.  I must have passed out on the couch for a couple hours and…
Thursday, 03 November 2011 07:42

In Genève Seeing My Cousin!

Written by Ken Ku
When I arrived in Genève it was already quite late and all the currency exchange inside the airport were already closed and I wasn't sure if the tram would be covered with the free train ticket that the Genève airport gives you.  Just remember to pick it up at the baggage claim area.  Thankfully I found one currency exchange still open before I left the airport and found out that the train ticket will also…
Thursday, 03 November 2011 07:41

Couch Surfing

Written by Ken Ku
My trip to Brussels was very interesting for sure.  While it is not the first time that I've slept on a couch, it definitely is the first time that I've used CouchSurfing.org.  To sleep in a stranger's house for a few days while exploring a new country can be a very intimidating experience.  However my host, Gio, was very patient and gracious.  Also, even though we didn't know each other, we did have a mutual…
Thursday, 03 November 2011 07:40

One Last Walk Around Bruxelles...With My Backpack!

Written by Ken Ku
My last day in Bruxelles was spent walking around the city with another one of CouchSurfer that was also staying with Gio while I was there.  Since my flight was later in the evening I decided to walk around the city again with Aleksander and play the part of the tour guide.  I did have to carry my luggage with me since there wouldn't be enough time to go back to Gio's place in the…
Thursday, 03 November 2011 07:39

Oops No Maastricht...Atomium and a Movie Instead

Written by Ken Ku
Everything was planned the night before for our day excursion to Maastricht, Netherlands.  The alarm was set for 8am and we would head out to the train station buy our tickets and head on over.  The actual ride would take almost two and a half hours so we needed plenty of time in the morning to make the day trip worth while.  Plus it would be All Saints Day so no doubt there would be…
Sunday is my favourite day in Europe.  In most of the cities that I've been to there are always fresh flower markets, farmers markets, and people are always just out and about enjoying their day.  Of course it was one thing that I had to get used to when I first got here since grocery stores are not open on Sundays either.  So make sure if you needed to buy food, do it the day…
Sunday, 30 October 2011 05:53

Arrived in the Land of Waffles and Chocolate

Written by Ken Ku
I had to bid farewell to Athens today, the Acropolis, and headed off to my new destination: Brussels.  This was the first evening flight of my trip and I am glad since it allowed me a chance to take a leisurely stroll around the Acropolis again for one final look before picking up my bags and heading to the metro to head to the airport.  The Acropolis station is walking distance from the hostel that…
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