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Thursday
Oct152009

life's a beach: ninety mile beach

best beach in new zealand

Considered by many to be the most beautiful beach in New Zealand, 90-mile beach offers diverse activities that should accommodate just about anyone. Due to its size (it’s actually only about 60 miles – not that size matters!) this beach is usually quieter than others of its ilk around the world.

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Wednesday
Oct142009

food blog: tabemono 101

takeaway foods in Japan

Let me begin with a disclaimer: I don’t have greatly specific Tokyo food knowledge. I’ve been there half a dozen times and have eaten well on every occasion, so obviously it’s not like eating well requires special powers, but the following may help if you think you can’t go to Japan because you don’t like whale or raw horse meat.

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Tuesday
Oct132009

worldwide club guide: taipei

nightlife in taipei

Taipei is a bustling metropolis which runs at a frenetic pace, and the action doesn’t slow down very much at night. There’s a wide variety of nightlife options so rather than limit my picks to the usual club options I’m going to cover a range of styles.

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Monday
Oct122009

ask an asian: where's the best place to surf?

Serious surfers may not think of Southeast Asia as the surfing destination of choice because of the general lack of decent-sized waves along the coastlines. Indonesia, though, is one exception. Unlike other beach destinations in SE Asia that have somewhat unreliable wave formations, this country of many islands boasts over a hundred plus excellent breaks, and is ranked in the top ten of the best surf sites in the world.

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Friday
Oct092009

you know what i hate? low-cost carriers

i hate low-cost airlines

Low-cost airlines. Their staff is generally unfriendly and often poorly trained. If there’s food, it’s crap, and sometimes you even have to pay for it and it will still turn out to be crap, making it even worse.

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Thursday
Oct082009

life's a beach: kuta beach

best beach in bali

A deserted, palm-fringed beach; warm, clear water; perfect waves peeling off the headlands at either end of the bay – it’s paradise and it’s all yours! The trouble is, you’re 30 years late! Now every surfboard-toting traveler, package tourist, vacationing family, impoverished backpacker, and yes, even busloads of Japanese tourists, have all been to Kuta Beach!

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Wednesday
Oct072009

food blog: a day in vientiane

best restaurant in vientiane

It’s not fair to only have a day to eat in one country, but sometimes it helps you narrow down what’s really important. In Laos, the must-eat item in this instance was bread, because thanks to former French occupation, you can get it everywhere. For a literal bag of baguettes, the food stalls outside the Morning Market are the easiest and cheapest bet, but for something more famous and expensive, the Scandinavian Bakery or Café Croissant D’or offer pastries, rolls and cakes plus proper coffee. No locals go, but a higher-calorie brunch in Laos would be hard to find.

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Tuesday
Oct062009

worldwide club guide: seoul

nightlife in seoul

The nightlife in South Korea’s capital can be fun but there are some issues to be aware of – apart from in specially designated tourist areas bars and clubs shut their doors at midnight, most public transport stops at 12:30 am, taxis have a 20% surcharge from midnight-4 am and while Korean-style clubs usually don't have a cover charge, they require patrons to buy a minimum amount of drinks or side dishes (anju). If you’re in a large group this is fine, but if you're alone or with only one club buddy, it can be expensive.

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Friday
Oct022009

you know what i hate? cab drivers

i hate cab drivers

You know what I hate?  Cab drivers. They generally smell.  Most (not all, but most) are unsmiling and unfriendly.  And besides Turkish prisons, I’m pretty sure there isn’t anything worse than getting scammed by a taxi driver?  Drives me nuts!

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Thursday
Oct012009

life's a beach: chaweng beach

best beach in samui

It can be seen as a package holiday or a stop on the backpackers’ trail, but regardless of what sort of traveler you happen to be, Chaweng Beach in Koh Samui, Thailand, is a remarkable place. 

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