We just asked our fellow travelers why they travel to Asia, and the responses were inspiring. There were quite a few repeating sentiments, which got us thinking, “Which words were used most often?” We ran all the responses through tag cloud generator wordle.net for a visual overview of your thoughts. Or read all the responses in their entirety.
The New York Times featured an article on Bali’s roadside stands, as reported by Gisela Williams.
There are two kinds of culinary travelers who end up on Bali: ones who don’t flinch at spending hundreds of dollars for a bottle of Rioja at a trendy Asian-French fusion restaurant, and those who are obsessive about going as local as possible…
While guidebooks and hotel concierges may warn you that eating at a warung is a little like playing Russian roulette with your stomach, they are probably being overly cautious. The truth is that the street food in tourist-friendly Bali is as sanitary as what you’d find in most American cities, if not more so.
Besides, if you heed their warning, you’ll miss some of the best food the island has to offer…
Thanks to the ravings on foodie blogs like Eating Asia, and an episode of “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations,” where the host declared its babi guling, or roast pig, the best that he’s ever had, Ibu Oka has become a tourist magnet…
To read the complete article, visit NYTimes.com
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Elissa Poma from WWF shares her passion for the dance traditions of Yap.
The art of dancing holds such an esteemed placed in all cultures, throughout all of time. That’s especially true of the Yapese — traditional dance remains a strong part of their identity. Every Yapese person, regardless of his or her place in society, is expected to know how to dance — in fact, as soon as a child is old enough to pay attention and follow instructions, his parents begin teaching him. They’re performed during special occasions, such as big feasts and marriages.
I appreciated that the traditional stick dance these teenage boys were performing is still alive in their culture and not just for tourists. And the precision with which they performed one evening during sunset was masterful and hypnotizing.