From Shanghai to the Classical Gardens of Suzhou (Concluding Part)

An hour away from the Suzhou city center is the ancient city of Tongli! This ancient water city is one of the six famous ancient towns to the south of the Yangtze River along with the towns of Zhouzhuang, Yongzhi, Xitang, Wuzhen and Nanzun. When my Chinese colleague learned that I was traveling to Shanghai and was…

From Shanghai to the Classical Gardens of Suzhou (Part 2)

“It’s the peak of tourist season” said our driver. He was pissed. He had a difficult time looking for a parking slot. “Summer time, also in China, meant travels for many” he added. Since early 2000, several Chinese, especially those from rural areas began exploring the world via travels. Some began visiting large urban centers…

From Shanghai to the Classical Gardens of Suzhou (Part 1)

A one and a half hour westward drive from Shanghai is the city of Suzhou in the province of Jiangsu. The city is home to kunqu, the oldest form of Chinese Opera and listed as one of the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity since 2001. The city is also known for…

Drottningholm: Palace, Garden and Theatre? It’s history!

One of my favorite European cities is Stockholm. The reason: Drottninghom Palace Complex. It was summer of 2016 – conference season for academics like me. The International Federation for Theatre Research awarded the hosting of the federation’s annual conference to Stockholm University on the occasion of the 250th year anniversary of the complex’s theatre. As…

Paris, moi aussi, je t’aime, mon amour (Part 2 of 2)

And so the flaneur in me started to walk. It is something I don’t usually do (or more so, I cannot do) in Manila. But then, my friend Oscar, who accompanied me in Paris, informed me that I should be taking care of my belongings. He even remarked: “You’re in Paris!” Me musing: “huh?” Then,…