Sunday Special – Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, Japan

Japan is a country that is on my bucket list and I hope to visit it in the near future. There is much to see in this small yet historic country.  Where to start? Let’s go with Kyoto. The former imperial capital of Japan, Kyoto is city of 1.5 million that is recognized for its beauty that is found in various places within its urban and ultramodern landscape.  One of those places pops up on my Instagram feed on a regular basis. It seems to me that Kyoto’s Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine is one of the cool kids on major travel accounts. Located at the base of a hill, it was constructed during the 8th century C.E. as a tribute to the gods of rice and sake. Within the area are numerous torii or gates that that create paths leading to the shrines. It is these brightly painted gates that appear stunningly on my Instagram feed. It’s not a wonder it has caught my eye and promptly made its way onto my every growing bucket list. But that is a what a traveler lives for, isn’t it. Couple these torii with the dramatic main gates, shrines, the numerous fox statues and I imagine I could easily meander the grounds for hours absorbing the artistry surrounding me.


Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine’s main gate – Photo via Wikimedia Commons – Photo Credit: Taken and owned by baggio4ever

baggio4ever [CC BY 3.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons


Fushimi Inari-taisha torii path in Kyoto Japan – Photo via Wikimedia Commons – Public Domain

Sunday Special – Penang, Malaysia

This state in the northwest is partly on Peninsular Malaysia and the rest on Penang Island. I visited the capital of Georgetown which is located on Penang Island. I have to say it is my favourite place in Malaysia. A bustling centre known for amazing food, it did not disappoint. My tastebuds were amazed. Add the cool street art and the old colonial-era building (all with stories to tell I’m certain) and I was very taken with this gem of Malaysia. Additionally Penang is a UNESCO World Heritage Sight

All photos taken and owned by Eeva Valiharju / Wanders The World

Around Georgetown

A Chinese Temple

A local mosque

Colonial-era architecture

The colours of Penang

Penang Street Art

One of many pieces of wire art around Georgetown

Man in a Rickshaw – it’s a huge mural on the side of a building

One of Penang’s more famous pieces of street art

Another mural on a wall

A smaller wire art installation

This wall mural wash down the street from our hostel


One of the many hawker stalls, each serving one or two specific dishes

Adding fresh-made sambal sauce and fresh curry leaves to one of our dishes at cooking class

Angle bean salad, again made at cooking class

Nasi Lemak, THE dish of Penang and oh-so-good (cooking class)

Gurney Drive Hawker Centre

Chicken, beef and lamb satays with peanut sauce

Char Koay Teow – a yummy chicken & noodle dish

Have no idea what’s in it but probably the best noodles ever!


Hello!! Well my travel time is nearing its end. I have not been posting much, I know, but it’s a bit hard with just a phone. Oh who am I kidding? We all know I rarely post while travelling – the stories will come later. Myanmar has been good yet tinged with some gastrointestinal distress and poor sleep. Despite that, I hope to visit again to see more than Yangon and Bagan. Here are a few pics! Oh & I went hot air ballooning too!!

All photos taken and owned by Eeva Valiharju / Wanders The World


Bagan (which is filled with pagodas beyond numbers & best seen by renting an E-bike or moped):

The stuff on my face is made from a particular tree bark and is used as sunscreen – it was offered to me left, right & centre LOL

Happy travels!

My Time in Kuala Lumpur

Hello! I am currently waiting for my flight to Kuching, Borneo which is part of Malaysia. I will be meeting up with my friend S and we will travel together for the remainder of Malaysia. 
My time in Kuala Lumpur was good yet I did struggle with jet lag. As it stands I am still waking up at odd times of the night. Despite that and the very humid climate I crammed in a fair bit in my full 2 days. My photos from Petaling St I haven’t uploaded yet but will add soon. Take a look:

All photos taken and owned by Wanders The World / Eeva Valiharju

My plane getting ready to take me away

Chinese New Year decorations

Using the trains to get around (& taxis)

Nasi Goreng & chicken. Yum!

Fish at the KL Butterfly Park

KL Butterfly Park

KL Butterfly Park

The birds just hanging out & walking about at KL Bird Park

Colourful parrots at the KL Bird Park

Hand-carved on Borneo, sold at Central Market

Dessert being prepped at Central Market

Wares for sale at the Central Maket

The Petronas Twin Towers

View of KL from the viewing level of the Twin Towers, taken at dusk

Colourful dancing fountains outside Syria KL Mall

The Petronas Twin Towers sparkling against the night sky

The incredibly beautiful Hindu statue at the foot of the Batu Caves

Monkey hanging out at Batu Caves

Old mixed with new

Chicken satay with peanut sauce for lunch. Yum!

Skybar with the Petronas Towers in the background

Oops – this goes at the top but I can’t seem to move it – Ms Brown and I are ready to go (sadly I forgot Ms Brown on the plane and she’s gone)