A ONE DAY stopover in Kyoto simply just wasn’t enough. I was mesmerised by its old and new, and a strong reason to return again someday – next time with an abundance of time exploring its every nook and cranny. What did the fox say? My my, what red cheeks you have! Seeing red at Inari […]

UPON ARRIVAL in Narita Airport, we headed straight to Shinjuku and caught the highway bus to Yamanashi prefecture on a 2-hour journey. The bus had us dropped off at Kawaguchiko station – a lovely sight with its trains and railway tracks. Kawaguchiko station The small town of Kawaguchiko Ramen anyone? The town of Kawaguchiko was quiet. […]

AW-KHUN, or simply thank you in the Khmer language of Cambodia.   Earlier this week, I went on a short five-day trip to Siem Reap with my (other) best friend. On our first day, like most other tourists, Angkor Wat was on our itinerary. Woke up at 4.30am and took the Tuk Tuk to catch […]

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 […]

throwback, n.: A sudden reminder of the past. Was cleaning up my hard drive when I came across old photos of our 2009 trip across the causeway to Tioman. Tioman Village Young and carefree Newfound friends First-time snorkelling! Fishes galore A friendly dolphin encounter Jungle trekking Forest walk Adorable village kids Of late night firefly […]

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 […]

KRABI OFFERED a great kayaking experience – the sea, mangroves and exploring caves. It was a leisurely day experience on our SOT canoes with the occasional monkeys dropping by to say hello. My recommendations for a fantastic hotel-stay Ao Nang Cliff View Resort http://www.aonangcliffviewresort.com 10/5 Soi 11, Moo 2, Ao Nang, Krabi, Thailand

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 […]