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.Continue reading “The Last Eclipse of 2019”
Have you ever been to a new city and felt overwhelmed at the choices of too many things to do and visit? Don’t you wish that someone could tell you where to go? Well, GPSMyCity may be just the app for you with it’s downloadable self guided city tours.
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.
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!”
“A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…” these immortal words have been engraved into our psyche since they first appeared on a cinema screen 40 years ago. Ever since the first Star Wars film debuted, it has started a massive cult following with legions of fans across the world. Continue reading “In A Galaxy Far Far Away…”
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.
So half the world got into a tizzy over last Wednesday’s (9th March) solar eclipse, and rightly so. It was a rare moment for us in South East Asia to see this phenomena. Starting at 7.13am when the Sun had just risen, the Moon began to move across it’s face. Continue reading “Solar Eclipse 2016”
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”
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”
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”