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Taking a Trip with Hello Kitty to Japan and Taiwan

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Warning: this article is strictly for Sanrio Hello Kitty fans. If you’re not a fan of the pink kitty, then you’ll probably feel a bit alienated. However, if you are, get out of that closet, put on your pink stilettos, and wear that cute Lady Gaga bow. We’re going to Taiwan and Japan.

Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo, Japan


Whether you’re taking your little girl for a treat, or you’re trying to relive your childhood, Sanrio Puroland is the place to go for the ultimate Hello Kitty experience. This is one of the biggest theme parks in Japan, and is visited by kids, teenagers, parents, and even people just enjoying their retirement money. The Sanrio Puroland tapped into a pretty big market in Japan.


The Weirdest Shopping Malls in the World

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Who doesn’t enjoy shopping? Even if one doesn’t derive complete enjoyment from this activity, it is still a necessary and unavoidable part of life. Perhaps catering to these kinds of people, several places in the world have created weird shopping centers that will not only entice you to purchase items, but also entertain you as you gaze upon the strangeness of their architecture.

Because shopping centers have existed for a long time, architects are now more challenged to create a different style that will appeal to buyers, or simply to those who just want a change of style.

Khan Shatyr in Astana, Kazakhstan


Looking at the World’s Oddest Museums

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In the old school, there was bad art and good art. Today, though, you’ll find several museums showcasing some of the oddest collections ever created. You’d begin to wonder if the categories “bad” and “good” still fit them. If the aesthetic ladder of contemporary art is way over your head, don’t shrug off these oddball museums just yet. They still make for an interesting quirky trip across town. Some of them might just hit your sweet spot.

Bunny Museum, Pasadena California

Unless the killer rabbit in Monty Python gave you endless nightmares, this museum should be a harmless, rather wholesome trip. It’s still going to be strange seeing 23,000 bunnies, in total, but it’s not going to shatter your sensibilities. You’ll find a wide (and that is an understatement) collection of ceramic bunnies, plush bunnies, stuffed bunnies, plastic bunnies and more.


6 new fascinating architectures around the world

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Today, architecture has changed significantly; no longer is a building a simple structure on the urban landscape; it now has something that makes it stand out: texture. Gone are the days when people only waited for the tallest building. Architecture continues to challenge its boundaries, giving us new types of structures that are appealing inside and out. Here are some of the most interesting structures—or wonders—of the world.

Guangzhou TV Tower in Guangzhou, China

What makes this structure most interesting is that unlike many other wonderful structures in the world, this has the features of a woman. This makes it known as the twisted lady, or the supermodel. Two thousand feet high, it is certainly an imposing structure. At the “waist” part (560 feet off the ground), a staircase replaces floors and walls, so that visitors can see the texture of the structure. Inside it are also a couple of rotating restaurants where you can dine with a view, several shops, as well as a movie theatre. If you plan to visit and stay nearby, the Grand Hyatt in Guangzhou is a 23-story hotel in the central business district. It costs around $175 to $230 for a stay for two.


8 Top destinations for food lovers

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Travel destinations and great food come together like how we need air to breathe. When you go to different places, there will be a culinary experience that will make a mark in your soul and make that holiday memorable. Here are some of the best food destinations across the globe:

India

If you will be crossing states and towns in India, expect a burst of different flavors to be served on the dining table. The main staple when your in the north is roti and rice when you are in the south. They usually come with chutney, vegetables, and dhal. The meal may come with some meat or fish. Your taste buds will love the range of exotic spices that come with every dish in India.

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Japan Capsule Hotel Tips and Tricks

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For the uninitiated, capsule hotels are hotels which resemble well, capsules. They are small, with limited facilities and yet desired by those travelers who are on a shoestring budget when visiting Japans. Also great for otakus, or Japanese fanboys, who are strapped for cash as the night before they attend huge conventions in the heart of Tokyo or any other city in the Land of the Rising Sun. Don’t be intimidated if you are planning to stay in one during your sojourn in Japan, check out some tricks and tips we prepared.

1. Counter your claustrophobia
Capsule hotels are cheap, but it comes with some setbacks and one of the major disadvantages include claustrophobia. Those who suffer from this condition should stay away from capsule hotels and bunk in with their friends in Japan or pay more for a budget hotel. For travelers who are slightly uncomfortable with tight spaces, it pays to focus on the task at hand when you’re in your cabin, and that is by sleeping the night away.


The Sensitive Traveler’s Best Guide to Okinawa

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A country’s culture does not necessarily stay the same region by region. Knowing how people do things in the specific area you’ll be visiting will help you avoid you from committing faux pas. This is particularly true when one goes to Okinawa. Okinawa has different rules from Tokyo. For an enjoyable time in these islands without appearing like a clueless tourist, here are some tips for you to consider.

In Okinawa Time Unfolds Through the Motion of the Ocean

So throw away your expectations of a bustling metropolis. There are subway train lines to make the commute easy from place to place. No fast foods. No fender to fender car traffic along the roads. All the hustle and bustle details that make city life appear like an elaborate rat race.


Top 10 Driving Routes out of the U.S.

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For most travelers, it’s not really about the destination. It’s about the journey. This is never truer for anyone else than for those who love to drive. Some people find that driving actually relaxes them. If you’re planning to fly out of the U.S. and rent a car to explore the landscape, these are the best driving routes to take.

Baja California Sur, Mexico

While this driving route is not ideal for those who are only used to casual driving, people who love challenges will find this interesting. Filled with narrow, two-lane highways, adventurous drivers will be kept on the edge of their seats while traversing this path. The best road to take is Highway 1. However, word has it that it has plenty of potholes. You’ll need a pretty sturdy vehicle for this drive.