Journey to the West

This page collects my posts about what to do and what to eat when I am globetrotting. For the places that I have been to in the United States, this page lists them from the east cost (i.e., New York), and then west bound all the way to Hawaii. My trips to China are not included here.

Trip Preparation: For each overseas trip, I have a special check-up list prior to departure. I do not check my luggage unless I absolutely have to — for example, trips to Hawaii (which we have to stock up Kona coffees and bring our snorkeling gears, and which I have a separate pack list for Hawaii). Therefore, packing can be a big headache. I have a special list for stuff that are essential and have to be in my 19″ carry-on luggage all the time.


To get there: A380: Nice; Qantas: Not even close. 5 things I hate about Qantas: #1, #2, #3, #4 and #5.

Melbourne: Cape Schanck. Last day in Melbourne.

Sydney: A mini-adventure to the Bondi beach. The last day in Sydney

United States

New York:

Shop: My soho shopping list

Eat: Small restaurant adventures near Soho. A mini-guide to Chinese restaurants in New York

Stay: My favorite hotel in New York City

Minneapolis: How to enjoy Minneapolis: Where to stay, and where to eat

California: Eat around San Francisco


Kauai: Things to do (not to do) in Kauai. North shore. South shore. Christmas days at Lihu’e

Oahu: Balcony view of Waikiki. Snorkeling in Hawaii. Amazing Hanauma Bay (Snorkeling). Beautiful Turtle Bay (North Shore). Shark’s Cove never disappoints (North Shore). Snorkeling at Kuilima Cove. From Waikiki to Chinatown. Surfing all the way in Waikiki.

Big Island (Hawaii Island): At the end of the Chain of Craters Road. Turtles in Keauhou. Snorkeling at Kahuluu BeachSouth Point.


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