Episode 15 – Shanghai with Shiyin

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Shiyin’s recommendations in Shanghai:
Must-eat Foods
Soup dumplings at Jia Jia Tang Bao
Fried soup dumplings at Yangs Dumpling (many locations)
Braised pork belly (Hong Shao Rou) at Jing Cai Xuan (inside the Reel mall)
Mapo Tofu at Oriental House (inside the Kerry Center mall)
Pork bao (Rou Bao) or veggie bao (Cai Bao) at Babi Mantou (they’re everywhere, just walk around)
Hot Pot at Hai Di Lao (multiple locations)
Sights and Activities
The Bund – very crowded riverside walk full of colonial age buildings and ultra-modern Shanghai development, touristy but worth seeing
Yu Garden, City God Temple, and 16 Pu (Shi Liu Pu) – very walkable area to see old and new Shanghai, tons of tiny shops and food stalls
French Concession – the expat part of town, great for brunch, coffee, and nightlife. The area directly north of the Shanghai Library is pretty.
M50 – contemporary gallery district featuring scultures and Chinese and international art
Going Out
Speak Low – excellent cocktails and fun speakeasy entrance
Unico – Shanghai is not a great music city but this venue usually has solid music and dancing
Chair Club (555 Haifang Lu) – good jazz club; be sure to use the address here since searches in English can produce the wrong address
Great City Views
VUE Bar – the only 360 riverside view in Shanghai; make a reservation and it comes with one drink
Kartel Wine Bar

 

 

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Episode 14 – Japan with Ken

Ken from Japan is here to share his stories on Japan!

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Ken’s Recommendations on Japan:

FOOD:

One thing I love about Tokyo is the number of the great restaurants. Sushi, Sukiyaki, Ramen…

Top Restaurant in Tokyo: Yoroniku – The best Japanese BBQ (Yakiniku) in Omotesando area serving the best Japanese beef (Wagyu)!

Although this is BBQ, you don’t need to cock by yourself. Instead, servers will have them cocked perfectly in front of you, and they will propose you the best ways to eat them. Please note that Yoroniku is always very crowded, and you should get the reservation at least 2 weeks before.

 

ACTIVITIES:

I also like walking around Yoyogi and Omotesando area. If you’re tired from walking the busy city, you should go to spacious Meiji Jingu Shrine located right next to the Yoyogi station. This is relatively new shrine built 100 years ago, but you can feel the Japanese traditional Shinto spirits when praying at the main building surrounded by many trees.

Once you have refreshed, you can walk toward Omotesando station, the most fashionable city in Tokyo. You can enjoy shopping in the large shopping mall, Omotesando Hills, as well as tiny local shops in the back allies. This area is also really good for getting some souvenirs for your friends and families.

If you could luckily get the reservation for Yoroniku for your dinner, this is only 10 mins walk from Omotesando station.

 

 

 

Episode 12 – Russia with Anya

Anya is from Russia and here to share her stories and recommendations around the country!

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Anya’s recommendations:

In Moscow
Cultural Stuff:
– Red Square is a must
– museums inside Kremlin especially State Regalia one
– Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow – my fav of all time, a lot of provocative visual art
– Tretyakov Gallery for classic fine art
Restaurants:
– White Rabbit – there is an episode of a Netflix show about it, authentic Russian cuisine
– Turandot – prepare to be wow’d by everything, royal dining experience
– Zhivago – USSR themed, really authentic
Other:
– Book a Airbnb walking tour experience to see the best of Moscow. Russians love to stroll, so streets are beautiful and pedestrian friendly. There are a lot of parks and squares with cafes and benches to relax and enjoy the view.

St Petersburg
– Hermitage
– Peterhof (takes at least a full day)
– boat tour of canals is an absolute must
– roof of Saint Isaac’s cathedral for the best view (in photos below)
– any rooftop restaurant
– St Petersburg is a gorgeous city full of history. Just walking around is great. There are bunch of historical palaces and churches. Food is great everywhere.
– Highly recommend doing it only in summer time though. It’s extremely cold in winter and a lot of beautiful sites and Peterhof are closed.

Other cool cities to consider:
– Sochi
– Nizhny Novgorod
– Kazan
– Samara
– If you have a little extra time, there is a really fascinating river cruise around what’s called Russian Golden Ring. Over a few days a cruise ship goes through small and big historical towns around European part of Russia.

Episode 9 – Philippines with Ted

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Ted lived in the Philippines for about 2 months exploring the area, volunteering, and living with friends for a more local, authentic experience.

If you want to enhance your audio experience check out Ted’s YouTube channel at youtube.com/tedwillistube, he documents his travel adventures and shares recommendations around the world.

In the Philippines, here are his top recommendations:
  • Divisoria Market in Manila
  • Surfing in Mati
  • Taste Balut
  • Try Sisig
  • El Nido, El Nido, El Nido

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