Tokyo Café, a Concept of Modern Japanese Culture

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VENTUROLOGY has this side of a café-aholic that you might have known. I am in love with new coffee shop places, maybe around my base Saigon or other cities I have been to. Thus, I try to blog them as often as I can. During my trip to Japan in April, we were exposed to this new concept of café: Tokyo café.

What is a Tokyo café?

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I hadn’t noticed the Tokyo café concept until 2 months ago having been exposed to the concept right in Saigon. It was plain coincidence. My friend, who is also a writer for this VENTUROLOGY.ORG works for a famous Japanese restaurant chain in Saigon, invited me for a food tasting for the first Tokyo café concept in town.

During their presentation, my thought popped up: “Oh, I know this.”

Basically, a Tokyo café is a conceptual term for café that hold these qualities and features:

  • Minimal & modern interior…

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ĐÀ LẠT: Best Places to Stay

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Fundamentally, a shelter is needed during a typical trip if you don’t plan for any camping venture. Not a place for epic adventure experience, Da Lat is not home for such rough moment. Plus, the weather is so fine – for “tropicalanders” of course – to seek a shelter inside.

Since Da Lat is elevating its service and becoming one of the top attractions you must see in 2016, voted by New York Times, travelers have their rights to be picky over accommodation to enjoy Da Lat at its best.

Several times visiting the endless-flower-seasoned city, I have come up with tips of where to stay and where not to in Da Lat.

City central

You might want to choose either the Tulip Hotel or its sibling Tulip Hotel 2 for a value stay. Stayed here twice in 2011 and 2012 and it never fell me. The pricing varied…

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BANGKOK: in Search for a Greener Side

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written by Coeur de Saigon

Traffic jams.

Pink taxis stuck in that traffic jam.

Sky Trains (BTS) rumble from above.

MRT speeds its way from underneath.

Tremendously huge chain of shopping malls.

Street vendors display their skewers with smokes.

That was my first impression on the 14-million-population city. It seemed unkind (at first) for a natural seeker, though rejoice metropolitan travelers. I had traveled to quite a few cities, from Tokyo to Singapore, Hong Kong to where I base, Ho Chi Minh City; I was okay with Bangkok.

Yet, Bangkok is unlike any cities I have been to.


“Less” traffic is like this in Bangkok

In term busy traffic, Tokyo and Hong Kong cannot compete with Bangkok. The traffic here is indeed busy. It resembles Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, during high traffic hours in spite of the many “Sky” traffic and underground public transportation. Yet, the public transportation, specifically BTS, block…

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KOH LARN: Thailand’s easy island venture

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A basic guide and our travel moments on this humble yet beautiful island. Simply not the best, nor the average.

To be honest, there is no easy way to get to the beautiful Thai southern islands without a flight from Bangkok to Phuket. It may cost you around 50 to 75 USD for a round-trip ticket. Due to our budget, from Bangkok, we decided on a land – water route to get to Koh Larn which is a island (according to our research on the Internet, of course) located just 20-minute on ferry from Pattaya. It is an easy choice for us to get to the sea by the quickest and the cheapest way, yet it turned out to be very satisfying.

Arrival and accommodation on Koh Larn

Forget about Agoda and Trip Advisor’s convenience on booking a hotel; because the locals do it better on Koh Larn.

We hesitate…

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