A visual journey to Asia

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To mark her quarter-of-a-century milestone, over a span of a year, Filipino-Canadian Kimberly Milanes is setting out to hit more than 25 countries around the world, where she will spend over three months across Asia, hopping from one destination to next.

From roadside eats spiced with local fare to eye-popping visual treats, Asia is an intoxicating mash-up of ancient architectural structures and sky-high towers, markets primed for haggling  and upscale maze-like malls for the nouveau riche, bottlenecked corridors and silent spots.

Milanes’ first stop: Malaysia (freshly wounded from the second Malaysian Airlines disaster). Nerves about the journey aside, Milanes jumped right into the fray of life in Penang and Kuala Lumpur ­– sampling noodles from the local market prepared by a wizened woman whose been in business for about 60 years, paying a visit to Buddha at a temple and getting inked by a henna tattoo artist and business student.

And next up on her map of must-see places: Vietnam, where she wasted no time tasting the North-American favourite on a blustery winter’s day ­– pho ­(pronounced/fər/), and banh khoc, Vietnamese pancakes stuffed with shrimp or pork and dipped in fish sauce with chili.

Milanes is building a visual capsule of her journey to date, updated each day on Instagram (follow @89ismiine) with her latest encounters. Featured are highlights from her trip to Malaysia and Vietnam.


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