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Destinations

Read about our stories from around the world. From travel guides to tips for navigating a destination, get inspired and fuel your wanderlust with us.

Singapore may be small and we often complain there isn't much left to discover, but our recent Geocaching experience proved otherwise.Looking beyond the glamorous front of tourists attractions, there were indeed tons of places that even we (locals) never knew...
Since we were stuck in Singapore for a couple of weeks, we decided to try a little treasure hunting in our very own country — through Geocaching. Geocaching in Singapore led us on an adventure to places that we even didn't know...
Japan was incredible - from the delicious food in Osaka and kyoto to the lovable animals we met in cafes, I wanted to to keep every memory as vividly as I could. While some people do it through photography, journals or even vlogs, my...
Every year, millions of tourists flock to see the cherry blossoms in spring. Yet, in winter, autumn or summer, Japan still continues to be one of the most beautiful countries in Asia, promising you an experience that leaves you enchanted.In our recent...
Day Trip to NaraWhen people talk about Nara, the first thing that comes to mind is probably the free roaming deers. Indeed, we loved the interactions with the deers, especially how polite they were when scoring deer crackers from us. However, it's important...
Was it worth waking up early to watch the 415am tuna auction? After just 3 hours of sleep, we stumbled groggily out of the cab at 4am. No buses or trains were running at that time and light had only...
3 Days and 2 Nights in KyotoStepping out of the train onto the platform at Kyoto Station, everything seemed pretty much the same as the rest of Japan; Yet, Kyoto is a...
Allow me to jump on the bandwagon of the highly raved animal cafes in Japan. I mean, they're just too cute not to write about. How can you not head to animal cafes in Osaka while you're there?
3 Days in Osaka without bursting your budgetJapan is one of those places that everyone who's visited raves about — the friendly and polite locals, the clean streets, a gastronomic heaven but... not so...
We give ourselves two weeks to make a difference, and we expect ourselves to change someone's life. Walking through the sandy beaches of Sihanoukville, I was swarmed by tiny hands and big eyes with every step I took. They patted my thighs, pulled...
I disembarked from the plane, alone and disoriented, and shuffled my way out of Yogyakarta’s small airport, following the throngs of people streaming out into a sleepy Indonesian afternoon. Straight ahead were the taxi touts, men who were fast approaching,...
 We arrived in chilly Hangzhou in the late hours of the evening. Immediately after exiting the airport terminal, my throat was ambushed and became slightly irritated by the choking smog.Thankfully, after a few minutes waiting for a cab, my...
Last year, I spent just under a month in New Zealand, and wrote a post about how I spent 2.6k SGD over 26 days. I briefly mentioned my experience WWOOFing in New Zealand so now here's a full post on...
When I told my friends and family that I was in China (specifically Hangzhou and Nanjing), they immediately asked if I had brought Imodium. Apparently, some of them have the impression that food in China is prepared with a...
People usually plan to travel to Osaka or Kyoto for their vacations as they are more popular among tourists. However, less than an hour’s pleasant ride away by train is Nara, Japan’s first permanent capital. There are many things...
Going on safari in Africa was a childhood dream for me. I'd always imagined it as a honeymoon destination, the kind of prohibitively expensive experience that you save up your whole life for.But it isn't! And that's the whole point...
The overnight train from Hangzhou pulls up at Nanjing Train Station shortly after daybreak, and we tumble out into a chilly morning. On the way to our hotel we peer out at streets already bustling - women hawking...
As Jonathan Safran Foer eloquently puts it “Food is not rational. Food is culture, habit, craving and identity.” Cultural cuisines are in a way, time capsules. Traditional dishes are shaped by a long history of events and appropriated to its...
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How to love China

Finding warmth in China, hidden under a slew of bad press and its gruff, sullen veneer.Curly haired Chinese ladies in puffy vests and mismatched scarves push me backwards at the Hangzhou airport luggage carousel, clucking their tongues in impatience....
1. Grab a halal mealHangzhou’s halal restaurants serve up steaming bowls of beef noodle soup, cumin-flavoured lamb chops and smoky lamb shashlik. Most of these dishes come from the northwestern parts of China such as Lanzhou in Gansu province,...