Quiapo: New Life in Manila’s Old Downtown

MY MOTHER SAID that when she was growing up and would ever get lost among the maze of Manila’s jeepney routes, one would simply make their way to Quiapo and restart one’s journey from there.  Being Manila’s largest terminus of jeepney routes, virtually the entire city was within one ride of Quiapo’s interchange at Plaza … More Quiapo: New Life in Manila’s Old Downtown

Sydney didn’t look like this last time

THIS TIME LAST MONTH IT DIDN’T LOOK LIKE THIS. Just a stone throw away from Sydney’s central station, a gleaming, and massive glass-and-steel complex towers over us walking down Broadway. Barely four years ago, here stood one of the last bastions of inner Sydney’s industrial past; the Carlton & United was one of the country’s … More Sydney didn’t look like this last time

Metro Manila: Two worlds in one kilometre

What can you see here?  Sometimes the signs of economic contrast and inequality in Metro Manila are all too apparent.  In the background, Rockwell is one of many new developments that have flourished around the metropolis, signalling the Philippines’ entry into the global economy as an emerging market and the rising middle class that comes … More Metro Manila: Two worlds in one kilometre

Local Travel in Sydney: Been to Chippendale?

SYDNEY’S HISTORY FOLLOWS the development patterns of many of its North American counterparts, especially in the first half of the 20th century.  Initially, the inner ring of the city was home to the working class, close to factories and warehouses.  With the advent of suburbs, these areas naturally followed down the same paths of urban … More Local Travel in Sydney: Been to Chippendale?

Local Travel in Singapore: Been to Tiong Bahru?

THE REGULAR CROWD at Strangers’ Reunion gives the coffee joint a cosmopolitan and hipster-like feel. Step inside the refurbished peranakan terrace briefly and you would probably think you were in San Francisco or Melbourne. The prime clientele of twentysomethings with make-up and trendy accessories – bags and laptops abound – sips their cappuccinos to accompany homemade … More Local Travel in Singapore: Been to Tiong Bahru?