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!

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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”

Night of the Blood Moon

Night of the Blood Moon

The whole world seemed to be in a frenzy for last night’s total lunar eclipse on 8 October 2014. It was the last lunar eclipse for 2014 and the next one will be on 4 April 2015. Luckily for me, I was in Changi at the time and found a high spot overlooking the eastern horizon to wait for moon rise. Unfortunately, our neighbours in Indonesia decided to have a bonfire in their backyards and the haze from forest fires started blowing into Singapore towards the evening. Continue reading “Night of the Blood Moon”

F1 Weekend Again

F1 Weekend Again

Well folks, its F1 week again in Singapore and our downtown roads have been turned into a street race circuit. You will find the race area looking every bit like a high security prison with the concrete barriers and high steel wire fences. But there are no hardcore prisoners in overalls here, just hardcore speed junkies from all over the world getting together for an adrenaline fueled weekend. After having been to two of the F1 races in 2010 and 2011, I’ve decided to watch it from home in the comfort of my sofa. For tonight’s race, Lewis Hamilton takes the pole and we will see if he can maintain his lead. Continue reading “F1 Weekend Again”

Green Corridor (Former KTM Railway Tracks)

Green Corridor (Former KTM Railway Tracks)

In 2010, the governments of Singapore and Malaysia finally agreed on a settlement to move the Malaysian train station from Keppel to Woodlands. In exchange for the land that the railway line sits on, the Malaysian government will be given some land in Marina South to be jointly developed with Singapore’s government. After this, the trains finally stopped running into Singapore and there was a nostalgic rush to see the railway tracks before they were dismantled. Continue reading “Green Corridor (Former KTM Railway Tracks)”

Watch the Birdie

Watch the Birdie

We often think of Singapore as just a concrete jungle with shopping malls and housing estates. However, we also have flora and fauna, if you know where to look. There are nearly 150 species of resident birds in Singapore, and hosts many more species of migratory birds. Singapore is one of 22 countries including Russia, China and Australia that lie along the East Asian-Australasian Flyway, an annual migration path for 50 million birds from more than 200 species that spans 10,000km. Continue reading “Watch the Birdie”