Travelogue Yogyakarta: The Ancient Temple of Borobudur

There are moments in life that are simply unforgettable : Looking at your newborn for the first time, achieving a high point in your career, or simply visiting a place that has been on your travel bucket list for a long time. For me, one of those moments was finally stepping foot into the ancient Buddhist temple of Borobudur, in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Built in the 9th … Continue reading Travelogue Yogyakarta: The Ancient Temple of Borobudur

Travelogue Japan: Nagamachi Samurai District, Kanazawa

One of our last stops in Kanazawa was Nagamachi, a former samurai district located at the foot of Kanazawa Castle. Since the castle was an important centre of administration for the ruling daimyo, it was natural that a residence catering to the upper echelons, namely the samurai, sprung up within close proximity. Entering the area was like taking a step back in time, to a … Continue reading Travelogue Japan: Nagamachi Samurai District, Kanazawa

Visiting Kenroku-En: One of Japan’s Three Most Beautiful Landscaped Gardens

Kanazawa in Ishikawa Prefecture is relatively unknown among foreign tourists – perhaps due to it being off the beaten path of the Shinkansen (bullet train) – but the place is a popular destination for domestic travelers, and for good reason. If you’re looking for well-preserved examples of art, culture and history from Japan’s feudal era, Kanazawa has, perhaps, one of the best you’ll find in … Continue reading Visiting Kenroku-En: One of Japan’s Three Most Beautiful Landscaped Gardens

Ancient Art of the Iban :Textile Tales of Pua Kumbu

What is Pua Kumbu?  Literally translated to mean ‘blanket covering’, pua kumbu textiles are made through a complex and intricate process spanning many months, using tie-dye resist methods. The cloth is used for sacred ceremonies and rituals by the Iban people of Sarawak.  I got to drop by University Malaya’s Textile Tales of Pua Kumbu exhibition. Combining classic anthropology research with innovative media, the exhibition … Continue reading Ancient Art of the Iban :Textile Tales of Pua Kumbu