Beijing Backpacking, Day 20: Metro Art, Signs of the Times

THE SUBWAY SEEMS to be one of the most mundane parts of everyday life for city dwellers. But put yourself in the mindset of a traveller and the subway could be one of the most overlooked parts of a city’s history. Although it has rapidly expanded in the past 10 years and in the wake … More Beijing Backpacking, Day 20: Metro Art, Signs of the Times

Beijing Backpacking, Day 19: The Everyday in An Attraction

MANY CITIES HAVE made a clear delineation between ‘public’ areas and ‘tourist attractions’. The entry fees, the price gouging and hoards of tourists that come in such high volumes so as to destroy the ambience and atmosphere that you would associate with the long history of a famous site. At any time after 10:00 a.m., … More Beijing Backpacking, Day 19: The Everyday in An Attraction

Beijing Backpacking, Day 17: Regardless of the Contrast, Music is The Universal Language

MUSIC IS MY catharsis. Wherever I go, it is the bridge between experiencing the local culture and globalisation, the authentically local and the familiar. I’ve made it a habit to visit a music bar at least once, preferably at least twice, wherever I go. Often the genres are very similar: rock, classical, jazz; with the … More Beijing Backpacking, Day 17: Regardless of the Contrast, Music is The Universal Language

Hallgrimskirkja: The sentinel of Reykjavik

Sitting sentinel upon on the tallest hill in Reykjavik, the seventy meter high silhouette of Hallgrimskirkja appears to resemble a sword that has been buried deep to it’s hilt. Surrounded by snow capped mountains, frozen lakes, eerie graveyards, Hallgrimskirkja (the Church of Hallgrimur) adds to the magic and mystery of Iceland and it’s capital city, … More Hallgrimskirkja: The sentinel of Reykjavik

How to live the national pastime when “the show must go on”

IT’S BEEN A rough week in the world news. Conflict, death, and violence in every corner. And amidst this, the turmoil forced a little bit of history to be made. While violence in Baltimore has virtually shut down the entire city, Major League Baseball almost never delays its season – in recent times only delaying it in … More How to live the national pastime when “the show must go on”

Local Travel in Jakarta: Been to Kota Tua?

Kota Tua, or people call it as “Old Town”, “Old Jakarta”, or even “Old Batavia” feels like a time leap through 16th century. Colonial Dutch buildings stand side by side, reflecting the Dutch colonization for about three centuries long. Exploring 1.3 square kilometres of old town is one unforgettable adventure. Hop on to your time … More Local Travel in Jakarta: Been to Kota Tua?