Category Archives: travel

United Airlines screws everyone

Several venues, including Fortune and PuffHo, report that as of January, customers flying in the cheapest seats on United Airlines will no longer be able to put their luggage in the overhead bins, but will be restricted to carry-on items that fit below the seat. Since United already charges $25 to check a bag, this […]

My last meal in Hong Kong

I’m leaving tomorrow, and will miss this place. I’ve had a great time in both Singapore and Hong Kong, and my last 3½ days here were immeasurably enriched by local HK resident (but cosmopolitan traveler) Winnie Fung, a volunteer at the Literary Festival who offered to take me around the city. She also happened to be […]

Hong Kong: more food and travel

I will be in Hong Kong two more days (including today), heading home on the 16th. The time has flown by on this trip, but it’s been immensely enjoyable and I’ve learned a lot about an area of the world of which I was largely ignorant. I’m using my last two days to see the […]

Hong Kong food: Dim sum at Maxim’s

Most of you probably know what dim sum is, but just in case you don’t, here’s the definition from Wikipedia: Dim sum /ˈdimˈsʌm/ (simplified Chinese: 点心; traditional Chinese: 點心; pinyin: Diǎnxīn; Sidney Lau: dim2sam1) is a style of Chinese cuisine (particularly Cantonese but also other varieties) prepared as small bite-sized portions of food served in small […]

Hong Kong: Lunch

I have tons of food pictures to come, but no time to post them (I’m doing my Literary Festival event tonight). These include awesome dim sum breakfasts and banquet meals in both mainland China and Hong Kong. As a teaser, here’s a simple lunch I had today. Hong Kong is full of business and retail […]

Hong Kong

I didn’t have the usual leisure time in the past week to post pictures and information about my trip, for I’m doing a lot of stuff here. But my last three days after Friday are free days, which I’ll use for sightseeing, eating, and maybe finding some nice tea to take back home. (Any recommendations for […]

I have landed—in China

I’m in Dongguan, China, a very large industrial city (8 million, larger than all the areas of Hong Kong put together), which, like most Chinese cities, is growing rapidly, has construction everywhere, and is beset by smog. On the good side, I’ve learned a lot about modern China in only one day from expats who live […]

Two Singapore meals: casual and fancy

Here are two of the last meals I had in Singapore. The first was at a local roti joint near the Chin’s house. While Melissa’s parents were visiting relatives, she and I repaired to the joint for a casual meal of breadlike substances, which were excellent. This is roti prata, a grilled bread (with cheese) served with a […]

In which I eat the dreaded durian

Only a lack of time prevents me from writing in extenso about the infamous durian, the fruit that you either hate (the vast majority of humans) or love (the select few).  The pronounced disparity in whether people can stomach the fruit is a mystery to me; perhaps, like the perception of cilantro, it reflects a […]

More Singapore food

This is the next-to-last post about the wonderful food I ate in Singapore, and it describes two meals. The first was in a Chinese restaurant to which I was taken by Michael Chin (with wife Annie and daughter Melissa); Michael is a school friend of the owner. The dishes are shown below: Venison stir-fried with vegetables in sauce: […]