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From Budget to Luxury: Explore Bohol and Panglao Island (Travel Guide)

Your Ultimate Guide to Exploring Panglao and Bohol, Philippines Panglao and Bohol in the Philippines are amazing travel destinations for those who want to relax, explore, and get adventurous while reconnecting with nature and its beauties. Today we want to share with you some interesting tips for creating a unique itinerary in search of authenticity, hidden gems, and...

Competition Time: Asian Literature Giveaway

Welcome to our Giveaway! Time for some book love and our first giveaway. One lucky reader will win the five books below. These are some of our favourite books  and we’re so happy to share them. To enter just sign up to our mailing list below. We don’t send more than one email a month so no spam (we promise). Share this post and tag us @booksandbao on any...

Busan’s Plea de Blanc Hotel: The Story of an Ex-Housewife Beating the Bullies to Build her Dream

Tony is a Korean-born US citizen. His mother recently moved back to Korea after living for 18 years in America. This is the inspiring story of how she has found a way to flourish in the new and frantic business world of South Korea with her beautiful hotel Plea de Blanc, told in Tony’s own touching words. There and Back Again I’m a firm believer that the Asian...

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Convenience Store Woman: Breaking the Mould of Modern Japan

Convenience Store Woman Written by Sayaka Murata | Translated by Ginny Tapley Takemori When I was living in Inagi-shi, a once-upon-a-time small city now swallowed up by the swell of suburban Tokyo, I would enter the convenience store next to my apartment every morning and buy a sugar-soaked bun to walk to the station with. The clerk who served me each and every...

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Scales of Injustice by Loa Ho: Champion of the Downtrodden

Written by Loa Ho | Translated by Darryl Sterk Living in twenty-first century Korea, the animosity levied against Japan by much of the population still holds true today, even amongst many young people. This animosity of course stems from Japan’s occupation of Korea from 1910 to 1945. Such hostility is arguably understandable, but one article that appeared last year...

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The Housekeeper and the Professor: Not a Love Story, but a Story of Love

Written by Yoko Ogawa  | Translated by Stephen Snyder  As a twenty-something who has, not for a moment, put learning and discovery behind him, I have spent several years now glued quite earnestly to YouTube as a means of studying things that escaped me as a child. Much like the housekeeper of The Housekeeper and the Professor, one of those things I missed out on was...

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Out Late in Seoul, Korea? Five Ways to Get Home Safely.

Seoul is a vibrant city known for its nightlife. Whether you end up in Gangnam, Itaewon, Hongdae, or somewhere else, you are sure to have a good time. But, when you’re ready to call it a night, what do you do? Where do you go? Luckily, Seoul has many safe options after a long night of partying. Here are some options that’ll get you home or find you somewhere to...