TRAVELLING AT 300km/h on the Renfe train from Madrid to Toledo… Best decision ever on our Spanish trip this past April! It really was only a half-hour journey and I paid €20 for a return trip. Tickets were reasonably priced, so what’s there to complain about! I would recommend anyone visiting Madrid to take a day’s trip to this […]

IT WAS A cold rainy Easter weekend when we arrived. It has been said that a visit to Germany’s most famous castle should not be missed when in Munich. So off we went! We caught the morning train from Munich Central Station (Hauptbahnhof) to get to Füssen. From the train station in Füssen, a bus took us up through […]

THE RHEINGAU is a wine-region in the Hesse state of Germany. Travelling north from Wiesbaden (Hesse’s main capital), the River Rhine clearly demarcates the boundary of the Rheingau region. I had the pleasure of staying in Oestrich-Winkel, a small town of about 11,000 in Rheingau, while visiting Danial who was studying there at that time. Aside from taking evening […]

IRISH LEGENDS has it that there was once a giant named Finn McCool who threw pieces of earth in the sea to make a causeway. This causeway was supposedly a route for him to meet his rival – a Scottish giant. Finn however decided to fool his rival instead of facing him in battle. So […]

throwback, n.: A sudden reminder of the past. I WAS CONDUCTING a reality orientation assessment with my elderly patient yesterday. When asked what the current year was, she was unable to tell me but added that she knew for sure the coming Chinese New Year would usher in the Year of the Horse according to […]

I HAVE NEVER considered Hong Kong a bucket list destination before, but I did anyhow make a 6D5N trip last month alongside my younger sister, my girlfriend and her cousin. Getting my geography and sense of navigation right was a top priority. I started out vaguely knowing that the country is made up of New […]

THE MOST last-minute flight I’ve booked. Postponed our grad trip to Korea because of the South-North conflict in late April. Saw affordable rates for a two-way ticket, booked them and then announced to my parents three days before flying off: “By the way ma, I’m going to Perth for a short bit.” Quite a lovely […]

A WHOLE SEMESTER has passed by and my gosh… there’s so much I have learnt, so much to ponder upon, so much to share. But that’s a story for another day (will try!). 2013 has seen a blessed start with opportunities to take the next flight out. And there’s something about being in a foreign […]