Eating My (Savory) Way through Tokyo

I’m so excited that this is my first blog for the year and it’s about food.  It’s been a busy few months with some wonderful big changes that I’ll talk about later! But I had the luxury of taking some time off recently and decided to take off to visit …

Ode to Èze, from Az

This post is not much of an ode but more of a ‘love’ post to Eze, this stunning small town perched high up in the French Riviera mountains overlooking the Mediterranean. This place is magical — perfect in every way.  It reminds me a lot of the Greek island of …

A Few Hours in Frankfurt

On my way back from the Middle East, I had a layover in Frankfurt. It’s not a place I would have considered as a vacation destination, but I enjoyed having a few hours there as we waited for our connection back to SF.  If you haven’t been there, it’s the …

Petra, the Enchanted Pink City (by Night)

If you thought Petra was magical by day, then you must see it at night to get a very different experience.  It’s enchanted.  At 8.30pm, you start out on a candle-lit path all through the Siq until you reach the Treasury where the whole open space in the middle is …

Petra, the Enchanted Pink City (by Day)

One of my favorite historic spots in the world is Petra, the pink city.  A truly magical and majestic place that meets you with ample grandeur the minute you set eye on it.  The last time I visited was 13 years ago. I was so sad to see that generally …

Bay Area from Above

Every time I travel on a plane, I’m bummed to not have my camera with me.  I always end up missing out on the most spectacular shots.  This time around, I actually had my camera with me.  If you’ve lived in the bay area, or have visited, more often than …

The Gentle Wind Giants

Since my first visit to Palm Spring in California, the wind farm on the side of highway 10 completely mesmerized me.  I had promised to get back there to take photos and this past weekend I did. The farm, called San Gorgonia Pass Wind farm, spans a few miles with 3200+ wind turbines. …

Remembering Japan: Temple of 1000 Gates

This is my final post of the ‘Remembering Japan‘ Series.  Just on a hill located in the southern part of Kyoto lies a most memorable temple, the Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine, or the temple of 1000 gates.  Designated by the UNESCO as a World Heritage site, this very unique and special …

Remembering Japan: Modern and Traditional Kyoto

One of the things that left a huge impression on me while being in Japan was the intermix of old and new, traditional and modern throughout the country.  They sit comfortably next to each other and one doesn’t hold back the other.  One of the best examples of that hit …

Remembering Japan: a Tokyo Walkabout

Tokyo is a very unique place with a very rich history intermingled with the modernity of the city.  It’s a very urban place but, as inspired by the culture, you’ll find these beautiful quiet spaces where you can find peace.  Some are temples, some are gardens. Wooden Temple Gate at …

Bye Bye DC, see you soon!

DC this time around was amazing! Brought me together with my family and fed my stomach and my soul beautifully!  It was a great way to usher in the new year.  I’ve never had a chance to actually spend time idling around the city as I always come for short …

Christmas Day Walk in Washington DC

Somehow, every time I come to DC, I never get a chance to visit the historic sites especially the memorials.  Today, while everything is closed for Christmas, decided to take a walk.  The weather is probably the warmest it’ll be all week, just below 50F. I thought it’d be quiet …

Short Moments in Athens

I’ve been to Athens twice where the first time I hated it and the second time I loved it.  The first time, I was there briefly in passing on my way to the islands.  Everybody I interacted with was aggressive and rude, somewhat jaded.  I don’t blame them, as this …

Exploration: Cairo Light

Cairo is one of the most polluted places in the world. I remember thinking I had a bad cold the whole time I was there — but the minute I left Cairo to head to West Africa, I was totally fine.  It turns out I had insane allergies to Cairo’s …

A Memory of Santorini

One of the most scenic places I’ve ever been to is the island of Santorini, Greece.  It’s truly enchanted — and you completely feel transported somewhere magical.  As you come in on the ferry, you start seeing the stacked houses, in all their Mediterranean glory: blues, yellows, whites, and reds. The island …

Beach Turquoise

How can one not relax when they’re surrounded by turquoise waters? We all know blues (cool colors in general) relax us — for me, just the mere act of looking through these photos does that  (…and makes me itch for a beach trip!)

Desert Blues (and Pinks)

It’s amazing how much a good camera (and a little bit of practice!) make a difference! I had visited Morocco twice and these are my photos from my second time there.  I’m so unimpressed with my first set — I don’t think I’ve even kept them.   There’s NOTHING like …

Spectacular Interiors

Historically, many places of worship were created in a way where whoever enters is taken over by an immediate feeling of smallness — a way to humble those who come in.  I’m obsessed with trying to catch that on film — and it’s really hard for a photo to do …

The Market

My favorite part of travel is going to the local markets — you can tell a lot about a city and a people by the way merchants display their goods. And I love the markets because of the color everywhere.  It was really hard to limit the number of photos …