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The city & gardens of Suzhou 苏州

On the cab ride from ulu Wangshan to Jinji lake 金鸡湖, which is just outside the city center, we passed massive traffic jams on a parallel highway. Seeing that sent my anxiety levels through the roof, and I asked the driver what was the Golden Week situation like…

The Suburbs of Suzhou 苏州

Golden Week. A much welcomed week-long holiday in China, but also the most dreadful period to travel within the country as half of its population is doing the same. Everyone warned me about popular tourist spots, and wished me luck when I told them I planned to visit…

Longjing tea, hikes, and new friends

We had a long weekend thanks to the Mid Autumn Festival 中秋节 holiday, and I managed to visit both Longjing village 龙井村 and Daming mountain 大明山. I spent Saturday exploring my neighbourhood, and concluded that I should really kill my hopes and stop trying to seek out “fun”…

Sunday alone time

Another weekend, another couple of days to explore Hangzhou. Today I headed out to the West Lake again. It’s massive, so it takes multiple visits to discover all of its sights. This time, I explored the Su Causeway 苏堤春晓. The path itself is flanked by incredibly lush foilage,…

First weekend in Hangzhou

Even though there’s no time difference between Hangzhou and Singapore, the sun rises and sets a full hour earlier here. As a result of that, I’ve been waking and sleeping way too early. This morning, I woke at 5:30am, and left the hotel at 7:30am to take full…

Cambodia’s Koh Rong Samloem – is it worth it?

We have a thing for hard-to-reach beach destinations. But even then, we thought the journey to Koh Rong Samloem wasn’t justified as the island was rather average. It took a 6-hour car ride from Phnom Penh airport to Sihanoukville, and another 40-minute boat ride to the island. But…

What we ate, saw, and ate in Vang Vieng

I hereby declare Vang Vieng safe. Safe from messy river parties, senseless drinking, and noisy youths. For the backpackers have moved on. The main town of Vang Vieng is still very touristy, but in a way that caters to the average traveller. It’s very much like Thailand’s tourist…

Exploring Kasi’s dirt roads

Dust. Lots of it. It turned trees sepia and settled on our faces like a layer of foundation. It hung in the air like fog, blurring out the edges of craggy mountain peaks and forested hills that dominate the Vientiane Province. It took up the little remaining space…

It’s oh so quiet in Hualien (花蓮)

Sometimes you fall in love with a place not because of what it has, but also because of what it lacks. Hualien doesn’t have Taipei’s shopping or Cingjing’s grandeur. It’s just an underdeveloped sleepy coastal town with locals going about their own business. And I love that. The roads…

6 things I loved about Cingjing (清境)

There’s so much more to Cingjing than its famous Green Green Grassland farm. In fact, that was my least favourite spot as it’s crowded and touristy. I’ve read about people coming to this area from Taipei just for a day trip, but that’s a real pity because this…

A Day in Taichung (台中)

With my parents in tow, I had to approach this trip with a different mindset. Comfort, convenience, and good food had to come before frugality, places off the beaten track, and long distances on foot. Researching and planning for this trip was also more challenging than I had…

Massive Heart Attack

I wouldn’t call this trip a holiday. The sole purpose was to see Massive Attack, and I didn’t care much about visiting Hong Kong as I’ve been here a couple of times, and wasn’t too keen about extending this into a more elaborate holiday.  So it was just an…

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