Vancouver: Japan of North America

Between the peaceful Zen gardens and blossoming cherry trees, Vancouver often reminds me of Japan not only because their climates are almost the same, but also because the sights, sounds, smell, tastes and feel are very similar. Text and Photos by Jennifer Ellson Vancouver: a Canadian coastal city right by the Pacific Ocean, which means an […]

Montreal bagels, smoked meat & poutine: Bon Appétit!

If New York has its cheesecakes, Philadelphia has its cheese steaks and Chicago has its pizzas, then Montreal has not one but three ‘must try’ specialties: bagels, smoked meat and poutine. Text and Photos by Jennifer Ellson | Additional photos from Tourism Montreal (Originally published in Food & Travel Singapore) Celine Dion is not the […]

Where in the world is this nudist beach?

Where in the world is this wilderness-like, clothing-optional beach featuring 7 km of sandy stretches of naked beauty? Where women enjoy long… uhm… walks, and where men gets wowed by both small and nice big … waves. Text and Photos by Jennifer Ellson Everybody’s welcome at the Wreck Beach: small, medium, large, natural or enhanced. […]

Where in the world is the real X-Men and Luthor Mansion?

Where in the world is this castle?

Where can you find the Hatley Castle, which you might recognize as Xavier Institute/Professor X’s mansion in X-men films, or the Luthor Mansion on the hit TV show Smallville?

Clue: It is where you can have the classic afternoon tea at the iconic The Empress. It is also home to the second oldest Chinatown in North America – dimsum, anyone?

Photo by Jennifer Ellson. All rights reserved.

Where in the world is this tower?

Where in the world is this tower?

Where in the world is this pretty red tower, which is a founding member of the World Federation of Great Towers, along with the Eiffel Tower and others?

Clue: it is the home of the famous annual rodeo festival, the ‘Stampede’, and host to the 1988 Winter Olympics. The city is also famous for its world-class steaks.

Montreal, c’est magnifique!

It’s very easy to fall in love with Montreal. The city has a certain je-ne-sais-quoi charm to it. Its joie-de-vivre is contagious and ooh-la-la captivating. Text by Jennifer Ellson I Photos by Amorvida Muyrong & Tourisme Montréal  (Originally published in Food & Travel Singapore) Montreal’s natural beauty is a sure turn on for both locals and visitors. Some call it la belle […]