Travel Blog

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

Borough Market, Covent Garden and Hyde Park


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


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

Fontana di Trevi, Piazza Navona and Colosseo

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

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

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

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

The Louvre, Champs Elysees and Arc de Triomphe

Arc de Triomphe and Champs Elysees | Paris

After landing at Charles de Gaulle Airport at about 9pm, we had to take the RER B train into the city and switch to the metro line to get to our hotel at Anvers. There was a little bit of drama at the train station. Advice that we received from a stranger led to us (unknowingly) […] Read More

Notting Hill and Portobello Market

Portobello Market | London

So our second day in London saw us heading to Portobello Market at Notting Hill. London's street markets are well known and this one didn't disappoint. With a bit of good timing, we had the whole morning to explore the market and then catch the Thameslink rail to London Luton Airport for our flight to […] Read More

British Museum exhibit | London

I arrived in London from Perth with a stopover in Hong Kong. The Europe leg of my round-the-world trip was just about to start and I was very glad to be back in London. My last visit was in March 2007 and I was eager to hop onto the underground tube and make my way […] Read More