Category: Asia

Spirited Shibuya City – where history meets trendy

Spirited Shibuya City – where history meets trendy

Shibuya City is one of Tokyo‘s most iconic and vibrant wards, known for its bustling atmosphere, cutting-edge fashion, and entertainment options.  So when the MS Zuiderdam berthed at the Port of Tokyo for two days in February 2024, I had the opportunity to explore the area. My first stop was the iconic Shibuya Scramble, officially […]

I can never get enough Singapore!

I can never get enough Singapore!

Singapore is a cosmopolitan city-state that stands out as a global financial center and a bustling multicultural hub.  Most people know it for its strict regulations and impeccable cleanliness.  But it is also famous for its lush green spaces, efficient public transport system and cutting-edge architecture. Its skyline, dominated by modern skyscrapers, is peppered with […]

Bali – as beautiful as you’ve heard ….

Bali – as beautiful as you’ve heard ….

Last December 2023, I got to spend two full days on the Indonesian “Island of the Gods” Bali.  Everything you’ve ever heard about its blend of beauty and spiritual tradition is true.  Its picturesque rice terraces, stunning beaches, underwater vistas, and volcanic mountains provide a backdrop for a rich artistic community and the deeply spiritual […]

Beach serenity in Lombok

Beach serenity in Lombok

Lombok, an island in Indonesia’s West Nusa Tenggara province, is known for its stunning natural landscapes that range from pristine beaches to the rugged, majestic Mount Rinjani, Indonesia’s second-highest volcano.  I had heard that the island offers a quieter and more authentic alternative to its bustling neighbor, Bali.  Since I was scheduled to go to […]

Journey to Komodo Island, home of the prehistoric Komodo dragon

Journey to Komodo Island, home of the prehistoric Komodo dragon

In December 2024, I got a chance to check off a long-time bucket list item – seeing Komodo dragons in their natural habitat.  I’ve been fortunate to see these formidable creatures in the zoological parks several times, but I’ve always wanted to see them in their natural environment.  During my eight-week sojourn on the MS […]

I need to return to Surabaya, Indonesia

I need to return to Surabaya, Indonesia

Surabaya is Indonesia’s second-largest city (after Jakarta), and is known as the “City of Heroes” due to its significant role in the Indonesian National Revolution against Dutch colonial rule.  I (Merge) was there for a short visit in November 2023 as part of my adventures on the MS Westerdam.  The city has a bustling port, […]