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His Take: The Shebeen and Irish Heather in Gastown

His Take: The Shebeen and Irish Heather in Gastown

Of all of the places that I’ve ever travelled, the British Isles and Ireland have to be the homiest. Maybe it’s because Canadian culture is so closely tied to British and Irish heritage, but stepping off the plane into Heathrow or Dublin Airport feels like you’re coming home from an extended vacation. For those of us with British and Irish ... Read More »

His Take: Wind Down the Night at Gringo in Blood Alley

His Take: Wind Down the Night at Gringo in Blood Alley

A lot of the restaurants that Jamie and I have recommended over the past few years have been stand-outs in a culinary sense. I wouldn’t be surprised if the good majority of our friends, who know us quite well, would have assumed that we were quickly becoming – God forbid – foodies. I hate that word, with a vengeance. It’s ... Read More »

His Take: The Almost Spectacular Gili Islands

His Take: The Almost Spectacular Gili Islands

After spending a few days on Bali and getting a glimpse at the heart of Indonesia’s tourism machine, we made our way over to arguably the second most popular tourist attraction the country has to offer: The Gili Islands. Although the Gili’s are made up of three small islands off the coast of Lombok, we primarily stuck to Gili Trawangan, ... Read More »

His Take: How Much You Can Expect To Spend In Singapore

His Take: How Much You Can Expect To Spend In Singapore

Singapore is everything that the rest of Southeast Asia is not. It’s clean, modern, well organized, efficient, stylish, and wealthy. However, it is also relatively expensive… according to most backpackers. When Jamie and I travel, we can’t help but compare costs to back home, and although Singapore is certainly pricier than its neighbours, it is quite possible to visit Singapore ... Read More »

His Take: How Much You Can Expect To Spend In Malaysia

His Take: How Much You Can Expect To Spend In Malaysia

Malaysia’s a first world country with third world prices. Out of all of the places in Southeast Asia that we’ve been to thus far, Malaysia offers the best bang for your buck when it comes to food, accommodation, and transportation. We didn’t manage to visit Langkawi or the Perentian Islands, but if you’re planning on hitting up Georgetown, Kuala Lumpur, ... Read More »

His Take: Chilling in Melaka, the Venice of Malaysia

His Take: Chilling in Melaka, the Venice of Malaysia

When most people travel to Malaysia, they think of the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, the crystal clear waters of the Perentian Islands, the street food of Penang, or the jungles of Borneo. In fact, many people cruise through Malaysia in less than a week with their main goal being to get from Thailand to Singapore, or back. I’m a ... Read More »

His Take: Malaysia’s Mouthwatering and Dirt Cheap Food

His Take: Malaysia’s Mouthwatering and Dirt Cheap Food

Prior to leaving Thailand, the country of Malaysia was a bit of a mystery to Jamie and I. We knew that the Perentian Islands (just off the east coast of peninsular Malaysia) were a big draw, but they also happened to be closed at the time we would be visiting due to the monsoon season. That left us with about ... Read More »

His Take: How Much You Can Expect To Spend In Thailand

His Take: How Much You Can Expect To Spend In Thailand

Alright, so I’m doing this one in a bit of a different format than most of the countries we’ve been to so far. Thailand has two very distinctive regions that are not only different in culture, but cost as well. Therefore, I’ve divided our expenses in to two categories: one for Northern Thailand and another for Southern Thailand. In addition, ... Read More »

His Take: A Backpacker’s Perspective on Gay Rights and the Sochi Olympics

His Take: A Backpacker’s Perspective on Gay Rights and the Sochi Olympics

Over the past year and a half, Jamie and I have been writing articles based on the various experiences we have had while traveling throughout numerous areas of the world. In addition, prior to leaving for Asia, we had been outlining some of our favourite restaurants in Toronto and elsewhere. Our posts have, for the most part, been relatively light ... Read More »

His Take: Almost Rock Climbing on Railay Beach

His Take: Almost Rock Climbing on Railay Beach

While Jamie and I were living in Toronto, and prior to us embarking on our painfully strict budget with the purpose of saving for Southeast Asia, we were becoming rock-climbing fanatics. About 3 times per week, we’d hop on our bikes (often in negative temperatures) and ride for about 20 minutes to Joe Rockhead’s in Liberty Village. There, we’d spend ... Read More »

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