When the clock struck midnight a year ago, I was standing in the crowd around Marina Bay, Singapore, with my luggage, having landed just two hours earlier in my return from South Africa. The fireworks were so numerous and extravagant that the air over the bay became dark with smoke and residue, even before the … More Thank You 2017
Hours of travel, years of waiting in ferry terminals, how could our long-weekend trip to Tioman turn out anything but disastrous? Let me tell you why we would do it all over again – for an island that lives at its own pace. There & back again Getting to Tioman seems to involve going with … More Why would anyone go to Tioman, Malaysia?
When my colleague reminded me that there was a public holiday coming up this week, my first response was a wistful staring into the distance, plotting ways 1 day could turn into 3 weeks backpacking around Asia, but more on that later. What I wasn’t at all aware of was the cultural rabbit hole that lay ahead. … More 3 highlights, sharing Hari Raya Aidilfitri
Recently I have found myself conducting mini hermit expeditions, exploring Singapore, my homeland – a tropical lion city, roar! These little adventures were originally only intended as some light exercise. After having been a stubborn workaholic for close to 4 years, my health had finally taken a toll. The result was inflammation around my lower back (spine). The road to recovery was … More [Guest] Views during my hermit expeditions
Enjoy walking along the lake? Hiking in the forest? Sweating 50% of your body weight out in seconds? Then look no further than Singapore’s own MacRitchie Reservoir and the surrounding trails. A lovely sunny Singapore day dawns and we are on our way for some local hiking. We made a detour for food before getting … More [Y]odeling in MacRitchie’s footsteps
As is the nature of man’s folly, you often agree to something without real understanding of what you’re getting into. A great example is my new friend’s “favourite theme park”, Haw Par Villa. So, brief introduction: The park originated from two brothers who owned the Tiger Balm business (same one you can still find in … More [V]illa el Haw Par