Submitted by jylim@a1 on Tue, 2016-07-26 17:51
The samba, the beach, the fresh coconut juice - in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, virtually everything ignites a tireless passion for living.
Each time I hear the seductive rhythms of Antonio Carlos Jobim's bossa nova classic The Girl From Ipanema, it feels like the perfect embodiment of Rio: sexy, spontaneous and incurably romantic.
Brazil has always captivated me. I'm also a huge fan of its national sport, football.
From an early age, I grew up playing football competitively, and even today as an adult, I still play it recreationally.
Submitted by xwwei@a1 on Tue, 2016-07-26 16:38
In 2007, my wife and I had our first safari experience in South Africa. It was a fruitful trip, and we were lucky to see all the Big Five - a term coined by big-game hunters to refer to the five most difficult animals in Africa to hunt on foot. These are the African lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, African leopard and rhinoceros.
Almost 10 years later, we returned to the continent to reprise our safari adventure - this time, in the grasslands and environs of Tanzania.
Submitted by jylim@a1 on Tue, 2016-07-26 14:56
Last autumn, I visited a friend in Kyoto - my first vacation to Japan in almost three decades.
I went without a fixed itinerary but secretly told myself to accomplish a number of things while there.
After eight days in Tokyo, Hakone and Kyoto, I surprised myself by ticking off all the items on my unofficial checklist, and can now rave about them:
1. Romancing Japanese fare
I have always wondered why friends who visit Japan wax lyrical about its cuisine as if they had savoured a part of heaven.
Submitted by xwwei@a1 on Tue, 2016-07-26 14:25
The Airport Express said on Sunday it will launch a monthly train service designed to provide romantic day trips to single men and women who want a relationship.
Dubbed "Airport Express of Love," this train will make a round trip from Seoul Station to Incheon's Yongyudo beach with potential dates.
Those wanting to come aboard can sign up at http://arex.couple.net and provide some personal details (name, age, education level, etc.) and a short bio.
Submitted by xwwei@a1 on Tue, 2016-07-26 13:27
Home to mineralled water, the soft sound of chatter, swaddling steam and majestic views, onsen (hot springs) have become an icon of Japanese tourism to equal sakura flowers and Mount Fuji.
These baths are said to have a therapeutic quality, containing healthgiving minerals, and are often used as places of social gathering by local people.
Nowadays, onsen attract a large number of international tourists, making them one of the highlights of travel in the country.
Submitted by shabanan@a1 on Tue, 2016-07-26 13:26
On an island in a lake in Perak, orang utan get the chance to observe human beings of all shapes and sizes.
The humans meander inside tunnel-cages made of reinforced metal. Being curious, these humans will stop walking when spotted by an orang utan. They will even gesture excitedly and make cackling sounds if the orang utan does something that attracts their attention. This gives the orang utan plenty of opportunities to study human behaviour….
Submitted by jylim@a1 on Tue, 2016-07-26 12:56
Submitted by shabanan@a1 on Tue, 2016-07-26 12:51
Two historical sites in China recently made it into the Unesco World Heritage list, bringing the number of such sites in the country to 50.
China looks set to claim the title as the world leader as soon as it has 54 other sites on a tentative list while top-placed Italy has 40 pending. Italy currently has 51 Unesco World Heritage sites.
But while having its sites recognised by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) is a matter of pride for many in China, it has also been a source of concern in recent years.
Submitted by jylim@a1 on Tue, 2016-07-26 12:37
China Daily has compiled a list of 10 snow mountains that you should visit.
No. 1 Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
Entertainers perform in front of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, also known as the Yulong Snow Mountain, in Yulong Naxi autonomous county in Southwest China's Yunnan province. The mountain has 13 peaks, stretching 35 kilometers from north to south. Shanzidou, the main peak, is 5,596 meters above sea level.
No. 2 Nyingchi Snow Mountain
Submitted by debwong@a1 on Tue, 2016-07-26 11:56
AsiaOne is giving away five free passes to Yunomori Onsen & Spa, a Japanese-style spa which offers a wide range of beauty treatments, as well as hot-tubs for you to soak to your heart's content.
The pass includes free admission to the onsen and a 90-minute Thai or Aroma massage worth up to $179.