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Travel Profile: Exploring the Flavours of Asia with Gwen Tan

Gwendolyn Tan is a food loving social media queen, working in international social media management across Asia. Currently based in Melbourne, Australia and originally from Singapore, Gwen spends a lot of her time travelling the world chasing the newest flavours and sights from her favourite places.

 

Gwen currently manages the social accounts of some of her favourite food spots from around Asia, while working with a collective who offer some of Asia’s top food vendors a home to display what they’ve got to offer. One of these places is HWKR street food, located in the heart of Melbourne. Gwen’s current travel goals are set on exploring the land down under, and experiencing all Australia has to offer. From the vast open deserts, bustling laneways, award winning beaches and unique flora and fauna Gwen has a lot of travelling ahead to see all that Australia has to offer. We had a quick chat with her about some of her top suggestions for places around Asia to grab a bite to eat, her ideas on how travelling impacts creativity and how she thinks travel is changing for the solo millennial.

 

Places been: Japan, Malaysia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Korea, Indonesia, Singapore, Australia

Going to next: Probably Adelaide, Australia. Maybe I’ll go in February too because Fringe Festival is on then and they have some really incredible international acts I’d like to see. And pretty good food too.

 

Ultimate travel tip: Plan where you want to go in advance. It helps having an itinerary, especially if you’ve not been to the place and you only have a few days. It helps you build up the excitement too.

Favourite country in Asia for food: Japan has the best food for sure. I don’t really have a specific place in mind, but I suggest the fish market (Tsukiji I believe). One of the most interesting foods I’ve eaten was raw horse meat sushi. It tasted way better than it sounded.

As a creative person, do you find that travelling inspires you? Which destination have you found has inspired you the most and why?

Definitely. I love Japan the most. Tokyo was a great place with amazing food and culture. They are very advanced in technology and you get to learn quite a bit. I went to Akihabarai and there were so many interesting and new things. One night I went to a  Robot cafe which my friend recommended I go and see. It was amazing how the people had choreographed their performance with the robots and got me thinking about the future of people and machines. Another place I thought was cool but bizarre was the maid cafe, where there are girls dressed as traditional western maid who you can take photos with and drink interesting teas.

 

Taiwan was another place I found which was very rich in culture and again, had crazy delicious street food. I went to the museum of strange things and I got to see really weird creatures like (alive!) three-headed turtles and fish with two mouths. These experiences are etched in my mind, which could become useful whenever we need some creative ideas for campaigns!

 

 

What advice would you give to anyone travelling to Australia for the first time?

Plan ahead and do a bit of research. Travel with someone who can drive too because you’re going to need it for all the road trips. Some of my favourite road trips in Australia are the 10 day trip around Tasmania, driving up the East Coast of Australia, and many of the beautiful drives in Victoria all within a couple of hours of Melbourne.

 

 

How has your experience moving to a new country impacted your view of the world and how you travel?

I would say I became more open. I feel that my ideas are more accepted here compared to my home country. Melbourne is a very creative city. It inspires me everyday, from its streets to culture to food. I am also more independent than I was previously. I feel like I can be more creative now and express myself better.

How do you think social media has changed the way young people travel? How do you think it’s changed the way we experience food when we travel?

Those travel videos on Facebook and Instagram Stories and posts makes people want to travel. There’s this travel bug going around when you see amazing and beautiful snaps of a certain place. We save these posts so we can revisit them or they could be a reference when travel to that particular destination. It’s kinda like a bucket list (I’ve done a similar campaign that saves IG photos where you can build a bucket list). For food, obviously we’d love to save those social posts we want to eat. #foodporn is one example of how people who love social media + food came about. We travel with our smart phones and updates our friends/followers almost instantaneously wherever we are. E.g. If I’m at the Grand Canyon, I want people to see that I’m there and share the beautiful sights. I saw a friend share her snaps on Grand Canyon a couple of days ago. I was so jealous!

What advice would you give you travellers who want to take more creative photos, see more creative places, or embrace creativity in a new way?

No advice. Just be yourself! Capture whatever you feel will tell a great story. If you want to experience wild and crazy things while you’re overseas, obviously the experiences you have will affect your capacity to take crazy photos (like the one I took when I went skydiving). If you’re into more calming, relaxing travel, then find your niche and stick to it. I think authenticity is important because we travel for ourselves, not the camera or the internet. If you’re having a good time, and experiencing what you want to, then just so happen to capture it in a photo – that’s going to be so much more valuable than trying to plan your trip around pleasing the internet.

Travelling with friends, or allowing yourself to meet new people along the way can often be the best way to discover new and creative places. If something is underground, it’s underground for a reason. The more you talk to people and explore, the more you’ll learn and discover. Also, travelling to places where you might not speak the language isn’t always an issue if you’re good at making friends or know how to use technology. I find that no matter where I go I can always find someone who can speak English and Chinese (I speak both) as well as the local language. We help each other out. Otherwise, the internet has really good translation apps,  and oftentimes you can pick up on social cues to work out what’s going on.

 

Written by Stefan Petersen.

 

A Veteran’s Guide to Surviving SXSW

Austin is in the midst of SXSW, an annual festival of film, interactive media, music and conferences. It’s an event where you can catch a keynote speech by Elon Musk before heading to a music festival featuring rapper Action Bronson, as well as everything in between.

Look around and you’ll also discover SXSW’s home of Austin to be a fascinating place in of itself. A city renowned for its live music and distinct culture, it has more recently undergone a change as new demographics move in and the unique social fabric of the city changes.  The result is a city that moves between its old and new, with every resident holding their own opinion on exactly where Austin is heading.

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Travel Profile: James Whiting on Travelling as a Creative | James 的旅行日记

James Whiting is a man of many talents.  Photography, journalism, skating and running; there’s a lot that keeps him busy.  As a photographer he’s worked extensively in his hometown of Melbourne, documenting the day-to-day with a keen eye that knows how to look a little deeper.

Recently, this work has taken him internationally to projects in L.A, travelling there on four separate occasions in 2017.  

We caught up with James to hear his thoughts on travelling as a creative, how that influences what he looks for and where it’s taken him.

James Whiting 是一个多才多艺的人。摄影,写新闻,溜冰和跑步;他的生活很充实。作为一名摄影师,他在家乡墨尔本广泛工作,以敏锐的眼光记录下日常生活,知道如何更深入地观察。 

最近,这项工作让他在国际上参与了洛杉矶的项目。2017年里,他一共去了4次。 

我们联系上了James,从他那里,我们了解了一些关于他的创意旅行,还有这些旅行是如何影响他的生活,让他寻找到了什么以及将他带到哪里。

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chozun one: Global Vegan Venturer & Restauranter, Daphne Cheng 途赞会员:环球素食冒险家及餐厅老板

Wondering who we’re setting you up with? We’ll be shedding the light on our travel providers & experiences from across the globe. You’ll be able to learn a little more about the people behind the business and our matches for you. You’ll discover who, what, where and why of the best massages in Melbourne, uncovering the energy of Hong Kong, seeing great art in Shanghai, the beating heart of Kuala Lumpur’s cool spots and beyond. We’re taking you behind the scenes of our #chozunones.

想了解我们都为你匹配了谁?每周,我们都会为你细解途赞全球的服务商&体验。你将更好的了解他们背后故事。探索人与事,为你发现墨尔本最棒按摩馆,揭开香港的能量魅力,品鉴上海独特艺术,聆听吉隆坡酷炫心跳。我们带你进入幕后了解我们的#途赞家成员们。

We’re proudly introducing you to the haute, vegan cuisine creator, the delightful Daphne Cheng. As stylish as her cooking, Daphne is our go-to dinner party hostess with the mostest and is soon to open her own cool and casual vegan restaurant, ‘Uptown’, in Shanghai early next year. So brace your taste buds for the sexiest veggies of your life; cooked by the leading lady aiming to heighten the vegan movement in the biggest city in the world.

我们非常自豪的向你介绍一位高贵的素食美食家,可爱的Daphne Cheng。 人如其佳肴,Daphne 是我们晚餐会的女主人,她很快就要拥有属于自己风格的素食餐厅了,‘Uptown’会在明年年初在上海营业。大胆的去品尝你生命中最性感的素食佳肴吧;主厨的是志向引领素食在全球更受欢迎的女士。

“I’ve gained a respect for everything on my plate and really appreciate and saviour every mouthful. Sharing my knowledge on vegan food is an amazing position to be in and making people happy with my creations is the best feeling.”

“我非常尊重在我餐盘上的所有食物,让我感激它的美味。和大家分享素食的知识以及让大家能享受我的美食创作是一种非常棒的感觉。”

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Top 3 City Breaks to see top Art 三大艺术之都

What better way to celebrate International Artist’s Day this week than to look at where you can see great art in the best artsy hotspots around the world.

纵观本周艺术日最好的方式毫无疑问属于站在世界的角度浏览全球最好的艺术胜地。

Our gallery genius at chozun gave us the lowdown of the best city breaks to indulge in art from inspiring collections on show to the city’s architecture and goings on.

我们途赞的艺术画廊家向我们展示了从城市低调,令人沉醉的艺术,鼓舞人心的收藏品到城市的建筑等。

International Artists Day is for bringing recognition and celebration to the world of art, and let’s be honest, without it, the world would be a pretty boring place. Art is the safari of the urban landscape and has the power to relive a past life that perhaps a written text could not portray. If you’re now convinced that an artsy city break is a must, take a look at our top chozun picks to get the best out of your break:

国际艺术日 是为了给艺术界的认可和庆祝。说真的,如果这个世界上没有了艺术,那这将是一个非常无聊的地方。艺术是城市景观的野生动物园,让人们有权重塑那些也许书面文字无法形容的过往生活。如果以已经被信服,途赞问您做出了顶级的选择来让您获得最好的放松时间:
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