Within the Boundless Mystique of The Bund

Glitzy and glamourous, the “Paris of the East” is now China’s most populous city and a major international financial hub. Symbolic of that, is The Bund, a regal walkway on the west bank of the Huangpu River.   Lined along the Bund is a whole row of colonial-era, international architecture,…

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Living in the Future: China’s Cashless Culture

  “Alipay or WeChat Pay?” The street vendor holds my jianbing (a traditional Chinese crepe-like breakfast) in one hand and gestures at the mobile phone I hold in my hand. I’m caught by surprise for a second, still fumbling through my wad of yuan.   Alipay or WeChat Pay? I’m…

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Strolling Through Time: Bukchon Hanok Village

The Bukchon Hanok Village, courtesy of Doug Sun Beams   Think Seoul and you will likely be reminded of the modern, upscale skyscrapers and buildings that line the Gangnam district. Or the vibrant street life of Hongdae. Or even the massive global hits of Kpop darlings BTS. But not the…

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A Beginner’s Guide to Running a Full Marathon

A marathon sounds like a daunting challenge. I mean, the usual 2.4km run is already tough enough. 42km? That sounds practically absurd.   But if you don’t try, you will never know, right?   Those heading off to your first (very) long distance run soon, here are some tips to…

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When in Greece, do as the Greeks do!

Greek culture is a potpourri of diverse influences of the East and West. No different is this laidback European paradise from the proverbial Rome: when in Rome, do as the Romans do. Here are some nuggets of Greek culture for you to do as the Greeks do!     Punctuality?…

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The Conundrum of Dark Tourism

Morbid, ghastly and dismal. Death is in the air.   I felt distinctively uneasy as I was touring the Cu Chi tunnels. An extensive network of connecting tunnels, they were the Viet Cong’s hiding point and their base of operations during the Vietnam War. Booby traps and needle pits, which…

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Thailand: Beyond Just Bangkok and Phuket

Think Thailand and you’ve got Bangkok, the culinary capital for city slickers, on one hand and Phuket, the seaside party central, on the other. But the Land of Smiles has so much more to offer every kind of traveller. So quit being a mere tourist and veer off the beaten…

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Five Of The Best American Fast Food Joints (That You Don’t Get In Singapore)

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The Selfie Tragedy

  The trendsetter. It sparked massively popular social media trends. It was the basis of a viral hit song produced by the EDM sensation The Chainsmokers. It influenced the demand and development of an entire mobile phone industry.   Ever since the “selfie” became a global phenomenon, this self-taken portrait…

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Visiting The USA? Here Are The Essentials You Need To Know.

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