Recipe: Green papaya and pineapple salad with shrimp

Recipe Green Papaya and Pineapple Salad

On honeymoon in Vietnam, the food was excellent throughout the trip. However, one dish was particularly memorable. It was a green papaya with pineapple dish at Orivy in Hoi An. Back home I recreated it for a lunch with colleagues, and people loved it. It is an even more tropical spin on a classic Thai spicy green papaya salad. In my book, it is a winner! 

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About that time I went to the horse races with an Indian doctor

Race course

All Asia, Asia, Europe, India | April 23, 2017 | By

Ten years ago I went to Kolkata (Calcutta), India, for the first time, on one of my first work-related trips to India. There was a conference I would attend. My stay in Kolkata took an interesting course after I went sunbathing on my day off. Read on to find out what happened.

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How to dress like an Indian lady

All Asia, Asia, India | March 1, 2017 | By

Saree

Sari

India: a country that tickles all the senses. From beautiful landscapes, bustling metropolises and iconical cultural sights to delightful food and colors. Indian women love colorful clothing; if you feel brave enough on your next visit to India, you may want to consider dressing in Indian style.

I have been visiting India every couple of years for the last decade. The first time was when I went to a conference in Hyderabad in 2007. It was a complete culture shock: the honking cars, the hordes of people everywhere, such a massive city! It took me a few days to get into the flow of things. The pivotal point for me came when a bunch of us conference attendees were waiting for a bus for about an hour and I realized I should just relax. If the bus comes now, fine, but if I have to wait here for a bit, it is also fine. Something clicked then and I connected with the Indian pace of life. 

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Vietnam North to South 2-4 week itinerary

Streetside dining in Hanoi

All Asia, Asia, Vietnam | February 1, 2017 | By

The decision to go to Vietnam for our honeymoon was mainly motivated by the prospect of excellent food. I also know from an earlier trip that people are very kind and smile easily, and the country boasts beautiful landscapes and bustling cities.

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Hong Kong’s outlying island escapes: Cheung Chau and Lantau Island

Stilt houses Tai O

All Asia, Asia, Hong Kong | May 30, 2016 | By

Hong Kong island and Kowloon have a lot to offer, but the hustle and bustle of the metropole can be a bit overwhelming. To escape the hectic city life, do as the locals do and go to one of the outlying islands. Here’s a guide of the islands I’ve visited most recently.

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A weekend with the monks in Koya, Japan

All Asia, Asia, Japan | February 22, 2016 | By

Japan is a diverse country: from big, bustling cities to secluded islands and everything in between. I dare you to get bored there. I find the country fascinating and have been lucky to have had two vacations there (so far!). A temple stay with the monks in Koya is one of the special experiences I had there. 

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Visiting Japan: some observations and tips

Kawaii Statues on Mount Misen

All Asia, Asia, Japan, Practical | February 11, 2016 | By

If you ever get the chance to go to Japan: fantastic! It is one of my favorite destinations, maybe even the favorite.  Japan is a very diverse country with regards to food, landscape and culture and the people are super friendly and will make you feel welcome. I’ve had the chance to visit Japan twice now in recent years and here I share a few of my observations, hoping it will help you if you’re a first-time visitor, or if you want to reminisce about how wonderful and quirky Japan and its inhabitants are. 

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Okonomiyaki: Japanese savory pancake

Okonomiyaki from Hiroshima's Okonomi-mura (Okonomiyaki Village)

All Asia, Asia, Japan | November 30, 2015 | By

Sushi, Wagyu beef, ramen and tempura are all well-known Japanese delicacies. The umami-packed pancake called okonomiyaki is perhaps lesser-known, but no less tasty! I was first introduced to this sumptuous treat in Hiroshima, during my first visit to Japan. Since then, I’ve had the chance to go to Japan again and explore more variations of the ‘cooked as you like’ (‘okonomi’ translates to ‘as you like/want’ and ‘yaki’ is ‘ grilled’) dish.

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