Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Ganbei! The Guide to Making Friends in China

Nothing is better than going to a city for the first time. This is especially true if that new city happens to be in China. From Shanghai to Shenzhen, each city in China is different. The one constant is how easy it is to make Chinese friends by going out for a night on the town.

Where to Party in Guangzhou!

Ganbei! Is a phrase you will often here when your'e in China. It's the equivalent of cheers with a twist. Not only do you toast your drinking partner, you are required to down the entire drink. You've been warned.

Guangzhou Towers: Strain Your Neck Walking Tour

The Guangzhou Towers Walking Tour is part of The Year of the Monkey Trip Report which covers the following places: New York, New York  Bangkok, Thailand Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia  Jakarta, Indonesia Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia  Guangzhou, China  Hong...

Wagyu Pho in Guangzhou: Too Much of a Good Thing?

While visiting the Guangzhou International Financial, I stumbled upon Pho Kim Saigon. I rationalized another culturally insensitive meal as something I had to do for the blog. As I was flipping through the menu, something caught my eye.

Grand Hyatt Guangzhou: It’s Great to Be Grand

Welcome to the Grand Hyatt Guangzhou, an impressive hotel with great customer service, a beautiful room, and an overwhelming breakfast. But for my stay at the Park Hyatt Guangzhou, I would recommend making this your home when you visit Guangzhou.

The Uber China App Workaround

Each time I go to China, I am reminded of Al Pacino's speech from Any Given Sunday. "You know when you get old in life things get taken from you. That's, that's part of life." Each time I visit China, something also gets taken from me.

Guns & Butter: Kota Kinabalu Travel Guide

TPOL has a travel philosophy whereby I do not stay in a country for more than four days but will stay for a minimum of three. Too little time and I can't see anything. Too much time and I do even less because I become complacent. Generally, this approach works.

Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu vs. The Hyatt Regency

What's a vacation without switching hotels every day? Looking to requalify for Hyatt Diamond, I switched to Le Meridien for one night and am glad that I did.

Kota Kinabalu: Oh, The Seafood!

If you are a lover of seafood, you have come to the right place. KK has all sorts of foods to fulfill your under the sea desires.

Kota Kinabalu: Island Hopping With Selfie Sticks

With only two days in KK, I contemplated what I should do. There was no time to become a certified scuba diver, so that was out. I lacked the mental focus to play a round of golf, so I scratched that idea. As a result, I decided to take the lazy way out. I would spend one day touring the beautiful islands of KK and the next going down the river to see the flora and fauna.
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