Beijing Backpacking, Day 4: When ‘Off The Beaten Track’ Is Actually The Middle Of Everything

BEING WITH A local is always one of the best experiences you’ll have as a traveller. It also allows you to stop thinking for a while and just go along with the flow, as regardless of where s/he takes you, you’ll at least perceive that you’re going somewhere truly locals-only. They could probably take you … More Beijing Backpacking, Day 4: When ‘Off The Beaten Track’ Is Actually The Middle Of Everything

Which traveller dares to ride a bus in Manila?

WHEN YOU’RE TRAVELLING in a developing country, there are just some things, some places, some parts of society, that unspoken word, others’ previous experiences or historical facts advise you against. Even for Western-born Asians, we have to admit that socioeconomic and cultural differences mean that while we have the purchasing power to live like kings, … More Which traveller dares to ride a bus in Manila?

Sydney: 5 Things We Will Always Love about Martin Place

WE’RE RESILIENT FOLKS, Sydneysiders.  We may be live in one of the most peaceful parts of the world, but after our share of trials and tribulations, we always come together to celebrate what we hold dear. So, no doubt about it, Sydney, and the way we look at Martin Place, has changed.  But also make … More Sydney: 5 Things We Will Always Love about Martin Place

Singapore: World’s most expensive city? Really? (2)

So, for the ‘world’s most expensive city’ Singapore, how much did this cost and how many did it feed? For SG$25 (roughly US$20), six of us were filled. This feast – a combination of curries with eggs, sweet and sour meat and fruit juices couldn’t be a better representation of the quirky Chinese-Malay-Indian intersection that … More Singapore: World’s most expensive city? Really? (2)

Singapore: This Feeling is Just So Cyberpunk

It’s futuristic.  It’s cyberpunk.  It’s post-apocalyptic.  And most visitors to Singapore will probably never go here, because at first sight, these suburbs all look the same. And you can be forgiven for thinking that.  You could say that in HDB heartland, the streetscape is monotonous – even one Singaporean told me that it ‘looks so … More Singapore: This Feeling is Just So Cyberpunk

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

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?