I HAD A particularly interesting conversation with one of my new friends a couple of weeks ago. A remark she made to me made me feel like my quest for tradition seemed almost puritanical in nature, that I had been guilty of making the same dichotomy between the valuable ‘traditional’ and consumerist ‘globalised’, that I … More Beijing Backpacking, Day 27: A “Unique Shopping” Experience?
If there was any evidence I saw to sum up China’s growing pains during my time here, this photo would be it. I’m in Sanlitun, the place most travellers describe as the CBD of Beijing (which, of course, from a foreigner’s perspective, means the place where most Western brands set up shop). Naturally here, bars … More Beijing Backpacking, Day 5: Real? Maybe?
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
HISTORY HAS A strange way of surviving in Singapore. In its watershed economic golden age, Singaporeans seemed to have neglected relics of their past by demolishing many of their oldest and most established areas in the name of development. Take a look at the holistic image of its skyline – build upon the site of … More Local Travel in Singapore: Been to Bugis?