Moving to Tokyo, Goodbye Singapore

in Japan

I'm at Changi Airport now, waiting to board the flight. It's been about five months since I first applied to teach English in Tokyo and the day has finally arrived for the big move. I'm equal parts excited and apprehensive. Apprehensive because a part of me has gotten really comfortable with life in Singapore, and […] Read More

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Cerveza con limon

The best months to visit Madrid are April, May, June, September and October. Temperatures hover around 30-32°C in the months of July and August, when Madrileños, the citizens of Madrid, frequently trade the city for cooler locales to escape the stifling summer heat. Here are some essential tips on how to cope with the heat […] Read More

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Singapore stamps from 1960s | National Postal Museum | Washington, D.C.

This post was written in 2008 about the summer of 2007, when I spent five weeks in Washington, D.C. studying political journalism. Published with this post is an article I wrote about the National Postal Museum for a class assignment. Our first assignment was to be a story on any tourist attraction in Washington. And […] Read More

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Fresh seafood | Borough Market | London

It had only been three weeks since I left Singapore but that didn't stop me from craving dim sum. To satisfy my craving, Gladys and I headed to Chinatown to meet up with her friend Michelle at Harbor City for lunch. Three cheers for Cantonese chefs! After lunch, we walked along Shaftesbury Avenue towards Piccadilly […] Read More

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From Florence, we made our way to Pisa airport, where we caught our flight to London. Back in London, this time we were staying at a hostel in Gloucester/Kensington, just a couple of blocks west of the Royal Albert Hall. Astor Hyde Park was pretty decent, relatively clean and  the rooms were sufficiently livable. A visit […] Read More

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Gladys and I left Rome on a train bound for Florence while Yuanting and Kenny had arrived in San Francisco. Our hostel wasn't too far from the train station and we were impressed with the room. Owned by brothers Vito and Carlo, Casa Dolce Casa was well kept, comfy and in a good location. In […] Read More

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Coliseum | Rome

Gladys and I were staying two more nights in Rome before heading to Florence the next day. We switched hostels for the remaining two nights and it was a pretty good one this time. We even met some Singaporeans who were just checking out of the hostel. Soon after, we were at Roma Termini where I […] Read More

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Creation of Adam | Sistine Chapel | Vatican City

So Rome was a challenge for us because neither one of us four had been to Rome, or Italy for that matter. But being in a new place is always exciting once you get past the unfamiliarity and psyche yourself up for a new experience and language. We had a booking for this place called […] Read More

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Montmartre artist | Paris

Our last day in Paris was spent at the lavish grounds of the Chateau de Versailles. Getting there from Paris took about forty minutes by train and there was a long queue waiting to get in. Tickets were pretty pricey at 25 euros for the entire palace, including Marie Antoinette's residence but it was worth […] Read More

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Paris by night

The plan for the day was to visit Notre Dame Cathedral and also the Latin Quarter. Even though I had been before, there were still new things to discover. The day started really chilly and there was a slight drizzle going. We stepped into the cathedral and spent some time there. I didn't enter the cathedral […] Read More

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