Sound of Silence

Sound of Silence

With most of the world under some form of lockdown, it’s been a strange time for a lot of people. Governments have been trying to avoid the negative connotations of the word “Lockdown” and have come up with creative terms and acronyms to describe this. We hear of “Shelter At Home”, “Movement Control Order” and the most unusual term used by the Singapore government; “Circuit Breaker”.

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The Last Eclipse of 2019

The Last Eclipse of 2019

What a way to close of 2019 than with a full annular eclipse which occurred on Boxing Day (26 December) in South East Asia. This would be my second time watching a solar eclipse in Singapore. The first time was in 2016 and you can view my experience here. This time it was a full annular eclipse and the next one won’t occur until 28 February 2063. Hmm… I don’t think I will be around then to see it.

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Christmas in the Tropics

Christmas in the Tropics

So here we are at the time of the year when Christmas carols play non stop in the shopping malls. Everyone is in a festive mood as the end of the year nears. If you haven’t visited Singapore before, Christmas season is a good time to visit. Christmas season starts early in November when the yearly Christmas decorations go up onto Orchard Road transforming the this shopping street into a Christmas Wonderland. There are also other Christmas themed events happening like at Gardens by the Bay.

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Cashback, promo codes and other ways to save when you travel with ShopBack!

Cashback, promo codes and other ways to save when you travel with ShopBack!

For those of us who shop online frequently especially when it comes to travel items like booking of hotels and air tickets, these can add up to quite a pretty penny. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could save some money when it comes to our travel expenses? So we look for discounted airfares, hotel rates and tours online. But what if there was a way to earn some cash back for each trip that we book online? Continue reading “Cashback, promo codes and other ways to save when you travel with ShopBack!”

Tree Top Walk

Tree Top Walk

It’s hard to imagine that a built up city like Singapore has a tropical rain forest, let alone a tree top canopy walkway like what you find in Australia or USA. Our local Tree Top Walk has been around since 2004 and unless you have been hiding under a rock, most local people have at least heard of it or taken a visit there. It is located in the Central Catchment Nature Reserve which serves as a natural rain water catchment area and contains 4 reservoirs which help to fulfil the country’s water needs. Secondary and virgin rain forests surround the reservoirs and forms the largest nature reserve in Singapore.

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Hiking the Southern Ridges

Hiking the Southern Ridges

When someone talks about hiking in Singapore, it sounds like an oxymoron. With more than 5 million people crammed into an island of just 716 square kilometers in area, and buildings of every type just round the corner, it’s hard to imagine any space where you would be able to find a hiking trail. However, Singapore is called the Garden City for good reason, and nature does flourish in togetherness with the city. Continue reading “Hiking the Southern Ridges”

Pulau Ubin

Pulau Ubin

This little island (10 sq km) sandwiched between Singapore and Johor is a rustic reminder of how time stood still here while the  rest of Singapore has progressed into the 21st century. The name Pulau Ubin means Granite Island in Malay, and true enough, there are a lot of abandoned granite quarries on the island. There used to be a few thousand villagers living on the island, but nowadays, there are only about a hundred or less, as most of the villagers have settled on Singapore island instead. Continue reading “Pulau Ubin”