Asia

Dim Sum 101

Dim Sum 101: New Article for TOTI Media

Chances are big city dwellers, foodies and travelers have tried dim sum. But I am willing to bet that some of my countryfolk in the USA had not heard of...

Hotel Legend Palace

Legend Palace Hotel: Luxury in Macau

Macau’s luxurious Legend Palace Hotel opened to great anticipation in February 2017. Drawing aesthetics from Monte Carlo, Legend Palace Hotel joins the Victorian-styled Rocks Hotel and the Harvourview Hotel as...

Filipino Foods - Platter

Scrumptious Filipino Foods with the Philippines Tourism Board

Filipino foods completely won me over during a 3-day trip to Manila and the Taal Volcano. During those72 hours, I happily downed chicken adobo on rice, halo-halo and fresh seafood...

Pousada de Coloane pool

Peaceful Pousada de Coloane in Macau

Macau is more than a collection of grand hotels and casinos. Although tourists nip to cultural hotspots such as Senado Square, the Ruins of St. Paul’s and A-Ma temple, heading...

Up&AtEm Travel on She Roams Solo

Up&AtEm Travel Interview on She Roams Solo

On International Women’s Day, She Roams Solo published an interview with freelance travel writer and Up&AtEm Travel founder, Alison Roberts-Tse, about solo female travel. The new website and online community,...

Santorini

Top 10 Travel Highlights of 2016

I’m ready to say “sayonara” to 2K16 – a year that kicked off with a car crash and continued to metaphorically drizzle for its duration. Though coming home to J...

Best Travel Blog Award from BonAppetour

In August 2016, Up&AtEm Travel won the Best Travel Blog Award from BonAppetour. The competition entry,  “Travelling in South Korea: An Experience with the Korean Police Force,” came out on...

1600 Pandas Take Over Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial

My roommate laughed, telling me I looked like a panda in my Pambassador t-shirt and white sunglasses, as I set out to view the temporary 1600 Pandas display at Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial....

The Promise of 1600 Pandas in Taipei

In anticipation of the 1600 Pandas Exhibit during 2014, the Taipei Mass Rapid Transit decorated their metros to feature cartoon versions of endangered giant pandas of China and Formosan black bears...

Breaking Rules and Giving Bribes to Beat Sundown in Bali

We broke the rules twice (and paid cash bribes twice) to catch sunset at Dreamland Beach in Bali.  Thanks to the determination of my Indonesian friend, Stefani, and her innocent face,...

Gotta Catch That Plane!

The complete stranger cheerily said “bye-bye” (the Asian way: “bai bai”) and stalked off out of sight.  What a cheeky bastard. I needed to catch that plane!

Beitou Public Hot Springs

The public Beitou hot springs in Taiwan, now referred to as Millennium Hot Springs, offer visitors a few hours to soak in terraced outdoor pools surrounded by vibrant gardens for only $1.25...

Coral Island, Thailand: Don’t Bother.

Tommy, our AirBNB host, tricked us into another day trip planned by his “travel agent” friend.  The first outing, though not entirely dedicated to sea-kayaking as shown on the travel...

The Biggest Duck You’ve Ever Seen in Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Imagine your little bath-time rubber ducky on steroids and you can appreciate the magnanimity of Florentjin Hofman’s Big Yellow Duck, officially titled “Rubber Duck.” Its many incarnations of varying heights...