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Pure Happiness at Wonderfruit

We had to wait a whole year for this. We bought early bird tickets right after Wonderfruit 2017 ended, and while a whole lot has happened since then, we made it. We managed to put our busy lives on hold to be with each other, laugh, dance, and…

Gaggan: A mind-blowing meal

I’m not a foodie. I can enjoy the occasional fancy meal, but I generally like my food unpretentious, and full of punchy flavours. A good crispy prata with fish curry hits all the right spots for me, and I was never interested in eating at famous restaurants. So…

Autumn: A new phase

This autumn is significant to me in many ways. First of all, it’s the first. It was the only season I have yet to experience, and now that I have, I’m in love with it! It also marks the end of my 3rd month here. So much has…

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…

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