What is it like to live in South Korea? How long does it take for someone who can speak Cantonese to get fluent in Korean? What percentage of newborn Koreans are given Sino - Korean names, pure Korean names and both? Is there a Korean pronunciation for every Chinese character? How many works in Korea … Continue reading Let’s talk about Korea
Ref. For me flying commercial before and until 2001 was a much better experience for just a few points. Contrary to the US, service on planes hasn't changed that much on regular airlines in Europe and Asia. You still get (yucky) food and drinks; you still get blankets and pillows; and earphones. Most of which … Continue reading What was it like to fly in an airliner before 9/11?
What place should I start at if I want to make a backpacking trip to Asia? I'm planning to make a trip around Asia next July (2016) with a friend, but we're not sure where to start or what route we should follow. Which places should we definitely go to? What are some good hacks … Continue reading Backpacking trip to Asia
Ref. The comedy started on the plane. The immigration form had "This form is not for sale" written on every page. Like someone might want to force you to pay for it. Hmmmm. The Manila airport was a dump, even by Southeast Asia standards. My luggage took forever and a day to come out, and … Continue reading What was it like to visit The Philippines?
Why are there few Korean and Japanese tourists in Hong Kong? Quora users, or at least a large segment of them, seem to take inordinate pleasure in turning (usually unwarranted) assertions into questions, which led to a "Don't ask why before you ask if" trend. These non-questions usually come from massively un/misinformed peeps, who saw … Continue reading Don’t ask why before you ask if…
Ref. Let’s define first carry ON international flights. If you mean in the cabin, you are going to be severely limited: alcohol is a liquid, and the 100 ml limitation applies. I managed last year to put a few (6 or 7) 100-ml sample bottles of brandy through the X-Ray machine in HKG, and the … Continue reading How much alcohol can I carry on international flights?
Ref. Depends where. Myanmar's a big country, and there are places, quite a few of them, where you can go in and out without border checks. This one above is in Myawaddy, across from Mae Sot. Then again, most Myanmar people who want to go to Mae Sot don't need to go around such routes. … Continue reading Myanmar Express
Ref. Hong Kong's Frontier Closed Area, established in 1951 as a buffer zone at the border with China. The goal was to prevent "illegal activities" between China and HK. Mostly spying by China, and smuggling. It follows the Shenzhen River, and in the east touches up the Mainland, especially at the famous split village Sha … Continue reading What are the forbidden places in the world?
Ref. While Narita isn't the best airport to arrive in Tokyo (it's way too far from city center; look at the Alice in Wonderland: TYO section of Airport Tips) it is still Tokyo's main airport -- and flying to Haneda is sometimes impossible, or more expensive. There have been some Area 51-grade conspiracy theories about … Continue reading Why are there no trains or bus services from Narita Airport after 11 pm?
When I started on Quora, it was mostly out of curiosity. It could prove a good source of knowledge, and feed at the same time my writing bug. The upvotes and other "perks" were of no interest for me. I'm not a social guy, and don't care to become popular. You like what I write? … Continue reading Self-feeding answers