Brenda Yun

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20th January 2009

The surfer girl from Honolulu who is so passionate about global travel that she'd like to share her world with you is happy to correspond with you. Check out Bren's online travel journal or email her at brendayun@gmail.com

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  1. December 2010
  2. Brenda Yun wrote a blog post Mele Kalikimaka

    Christmas is all countries..."

  3. Brenda Yun reviewed The Taipei Zoo in Taipei, Taiwan

    This turned out to be one of the highlights of my stay in Taipei.  This zoo only costs US$2 to see (compared to the San Diego Zoo's $50 entrance fee!) and has all kinds of open air, free roaming cages.  There are several koalas, TONS of hippos,…"

  4. Brenda Yun reviewed Taipei 101 in Taipei, Taiwan

    Taiwan's tallest building - one of the tallest in the world - is 101 floors high and towers above the city.  I got to have dinner for a wedding celebration on the 85th floor and the night views are spectacular.  A normal visit to the top costs …"

  5. Brenda Yun reviewed Wu Fen Pu in Taipei, Taiwan

    You get off at the Houshanpi MRT stop and follow the signs for "Wu Fen Pu," which is no more than two blocks away.  There's supposedly a night market also closeby.  This area is made up of several narrow alleys that are packed to the …"

  6. Brenda Yun reviewed National Palace Museum in Taipei, Taiwan

    This is the best museum with Chinese artifacts perhaps in the world.  Many say it beats the offerings of Shanghai and Beijing's best, though I found only some rooms on the 2nd and 3rd floor worth a visit.  Of note were the old bell and cauldron…"

  7. November 2010
  8. Brenda Yun reviewed Shanghai

    I had visited Shanghai twice before – the first time over 10 years ago and the second time about 5 years ago. Each time Shanghai is different, which is something I’d come to expect, but stepping off the plane at Shanghai’s Pudong Airpor…"

  9. Brenda Yun reviewed Beilin Museum (The Forest of Stone Tablets) in Xi'an, China

    The Beilin Museum (The Forest of Stone Tablets) is a unique museum that documents the history of the art of calligraphy. It began during the time of Confucius, when royalty wanted to record his annals. Over time, the art of calligraphy brought about seve…"

  10. Brenda Yun reviewed The Terracotta Army in Xi'an, China

    I had heard mixed reviews of this sight, as it’s very popular among both locals and tourists. I mean, an underground, life-sized army of the first modern Chinese emperor Qin Shihuang? It is of course going to be packed with people. I kept my expect…"

  11. Brenda Yun reviewed Chengdu

    I decided to stay in a more western hostel called “The Loft” which was in the middle of a very hip hutong close to the center of Chengdu. I booked a visit to see the Panda reserve – the biggest in the world, and pretty much retired earl…"

  12. Brenda Yun reviewed Tiger Leaping Gorge in Southwest China, China

    Tiger Leaping Gorge is conveniently situated between Lijiang and “Shangrila.” You take a 2.5 hour bus to the base of the mountain/river and then begin climbing for what seems like eternity but is really only 5 hours. After my solo time in Lij…"

  13. October 2010
  14. Brenda Yun reviewed Kuala Lumpur

    ...I arrived at my guesthouse in KL late that night. My hostel was nicely situated in the heart of KL’s Golden Triangle, and since it was a Saturday night the whole neighborhood was buzzing with activity. KL is a really nice, modern city. There are…"

  15. Brenda Yun reviewed Nusa Tenggara Island Reefs in Indonesia

    To travel to Sumba is to travel slow, but I much prefer this mode than the bustle of Bali. Even the hassle of getting to the Bali airport was enough to tear my hair out, so the quiet and rural Tarimbang Bay is a breath of fresh air. My flight was delaye…"

  16. Brenda Yun reviewed Nusa Tenggara Island Reefs in Indonesia

    To travel to Sumba is to travel slow, but I much prefer this mode than the bustle of Bali. Even the hassle of getting to the Bali airport was enough to tear my hair out, so the quiet and rural Tarimbang Bay is a breath of fresh air. My flight was de…"

  17. September 2010
  18. Brenda Yun wrote a blog post My first week in Bali

    Here’s a breakdown of my first week in Bali"

  19. September 2009
  20. Brenda Yun wrote a blog post Arequipa

    Arequipa itself is a very large tourist hub in the southern high plains for trekkers and adventure travelers. After a nap and a late breakfast, we walked the crowded streets trying to get a sense of the place."

  21. Brenda Yun wrote a blog post Pisco

    Pisco unfortunately lives up to its reputation as "The Armpit of Peru."

  22. August 2009
  23. Brenda Yun wrote a blog post Huacachina

    Who knew sand dunes could be so much fun? I'm in sunny Huacachina and the electricity has been out all day. It's the perfect time to catch up on work and relax. I left San Bartolo yesterday and I finally felt like my usual traveler self, busing it to Ica"

  24. Brenda Yun wrote a blog post My first two days in Peru

    I too should be surprised. I've been here in Peru for two full days and have yet to leave the cool comfort of the beachfront house I happened to find (the house also happens to be right in front of one of Peru's finest barrels). More on that shortly."

  25. April 2009
  26. Brenda Yun wrote a blog post Lora, Peter, & Frank’s last night(s)

    Thursday and Friday nights were complete with farewells and “festivities.”"

  27. Brenda Yun wrote a blog post From Trinidad to Santiago de Cuba

    It turns out the boys had slept through all of their alarms and missed their morning bus. When they finally woke up at 9 a.m. they promptly arranged for another transport to Habana that would be leaving at 2:45. Perfect!"

  28. Brenda Yun wrote a blog post Toronto & San Francisco

    Having traveled only three weeks abroad, I can still safely say that my travel bug as well as my appreciation for being a U.S. have been re-energized and renewed."

  29. March 2009
  30. Brenda Yun wrote a blog post Sick in Cuba

    A recap of how our Monday and Tuesday were spent: we didn’t do a whole lot of anything. Let me explain."

  31. Brenda Yun wrote a blog post Havana

    Well, we’re here – safe and sound in Havana (but why do we call it Havana with a ‘v’ when all of the signs here in the city and all of the locals call it “Habana” with a ‘b’?)! I think I prefer to call it what the locals do – with the ‘b’."

  32. Brenda Yun wrote a blog post Productive Sightseeing in Cuba

    Yesterday was full of rain – from when we woke up until 5 p.m. it was a constant and miserable kind of drizzle. Despite the poor weather, we made a very full day of it."

  33. Brenda Yun wrote a blog post Viva Cuba Libre

    So the Melia Habana. We were not aware such luxurious resorts were available for just $50 a night! Had I not come with Lora there would be no chance to stay in such a place."

  34. Brenda Yun wrote a blog post The first 24 hours in Nicaragua

    Just how cold is the water in Nicaragua, I say to myself as I scuttle up to the lapping ocean's edge. Mike had told me it was going to be colder than I would normally think."

  35. January 2009
  36. Brenda Yun wrote a blog post 9 reasons '09 will be the year of the "YAYcation"

    Christopher Elliot, over at Tribune Media Services, reported how 2009 will likely be the year of the "naycation." While Gadling writer, Tom Johansmeyer, agrees to some extent that this could be the case, I hope we might be able to see a light at the tunne"

  37. Brenda Yun wrote a blog post Bogotá, Zipaquirá, Home

    I arrived in Bogotá by bus at midnight and after a $12 taxi ride and a great deal of indecision on my part as for where to stay, I made it to Hostal Fatima in La Candelaria, Bogotá’s historical district."

  38. December 2007
  39. Brenda Yun reviewed Jiuzhaigou Valley in Southwest China, China

    The next day it was off to Jiuzhaigou – the one place in China that I heard (from three different people) shouldn’t be missed. It’s a heck of a journey to Jiuzhaigou valley, so you have to REALLY want to see it. The easiest way to get t…"