Weekly Photo Challenge: Letters (Signs)

Signage are very important, especially for travelers in a foreign land. They provide information, humour, inspiration and creativity.

Here are some that caught my eye on my travels…

Reminders:

Heart - written in Traditional Chinese

Heart – written in Traditional Chinese

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Meditation retreat in Penang Malaysia

When I was 5 months into my 2013 Epic Journey, I had the urge to get away from everything, find a quiet place and retreat, be a hermit. At that time, I was traveling in Penang, Malaysia. I was about 1 month into my stay in Asia – already spent time in Cambodia, Thailand and Singapore.

Google came to the rescue as I typed in “meditation retreat in Penang Malaysia”. What I found was a discreet, privately owned temple – Mr. Yeoh is a very friendly, helpful retired police officer. He owns the land that the temple is built upon and is a devout Buddhist. He informed me that all are welcome to stay at Sitavana Vihara 悉达林, as long as they observe the 8 precepts and refrain from eating food after 1:00 pm. I had no idea what are the 8 precepts at the time and had to google that as well. Continue reading

Malaysian-Singaporean-Indonesian food tour in Toronto

Here is how I traveled to Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia without getting on an airplane!

Toronto, Canada is a melting pot of cultures – heartland of immigrants from around the world. Over 140 languages and dialects are spoken by the citizens of Toronto – so it is no wonder, there is a vast variety of cuisine to be had in this city. No one wants to be homesick and food plays such an important role in all cultures and represent their heritage.

Since my return to Toronto from my 2013 Epic Journey to 14 different countries, various friends have commented on the photos of food I had posted on Facebook while traveling. They wanted to step out of their comfort zone and try other cuisine. However, they couldn’t just jet off to a far away land to get a taste of the Asian or South America cuisine. So a suggestion of a mini travel tour without a 15+ hour flight came about. Continue reading