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Travelling in Kyoto with a baby: Maybe don't do it

SINGAPORE | Saturday, 4 Jun 2016 | Views [913]

Well this blog has certainly not lived up to its name. But now I have a new impetus to write about my travels - my son Nayel. Especially since we have just taken our first trip together, and I (and LY) want to remember as much of it as possible because, ... Read more >

Tags: japan, kids, kyoto

San Francisco Day 1

USA | Tuesday, 18 Dec 2012 | Views [412]

I regret not having written a full travelogue of Nepal and San Francisco while the memories were still fresh. The Flickr photojournals I made for both trips do help to relive the moments but a full journal like the one I did for Tokyo would've been much ... Read more >

Tags: san francisco, union square

Nepal itinerary

NEPAL | Tuesday, 28 Sep 2010 | Views [871]

Day 1: Meet at Kathmandu Airport: We will meet you at the Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer you to your hotel. Visit our office, discuss for the programme and all tour arrangement. If your time permits you can go for tour of Kathmandu ... Read more >

Tags: annapurna, nepal, trekking

The rest of Belgium/The Netherlands

NETHERLANDS | Monday, 27 Sep 2010 | Views [533]

No offense to anyone from Belgium or The Netherlands, but I just lost the energy to finish my travelogue about my trip to these places because there just weren't enough interesting things that happened to fuel my drive for writing. I blame myself though ... Read more >

Tags: amsterdam, belgium, the netherlands

Belgium Day 3: Ghent

BELGIUM | Tuesday, 1 Dec 2009 | Views [656]

We said goodbye to Jeff and Magda on the morning of Day 3 and checked out of Het Singelhuis. Magda drove us to the train station, and we took a train to Ghent. Or Gent. It's cool both ways. The problem with Ghent is, the thing I remember most about ... Read more >

Tags: belgium, ghent

Belgium Day 2: Ypres

BELGIUM | Sunday, 15 Nov 2009 | Views [2616]

Ypres was kind of a mistake. Well the whole day was full of mistakes. I decided to squeeze a day trip to Ypres into our schedule at the last minute, and it seemed to me that out of the 14 days we had, Day 2 was the only one that could be spared for this ... Read more >

Tags: antwerp, belgium, in flanders field, trains, world war i, ypres

Belgium Day 1: Antwerp

BELGIUM | Thursday, 12 Nov 2009 | Views [744]

We met the nicest people in Antwerp - the nicest people we met on the entire trip, and the nicest people we've met on any trip. When we arrived in Antwerp, we were flush with newly exchanged Euros, but all of our money was in notes, and we had to have ... Read more >

Tags: antwerp, belgium

Belgium/Holland itinerary

BELGIUM | Monday, 28 Sep 2009 | Views [2646] | Comments [2]

This is our itinerary for the trip: Fri 16th Oct : Depart from Singapore to Amsterdam on Malaysian Airlines, with a 1-hour stopover in Kuala Lumpur. Sat 17th Oct : Arrival in Schiphol, Amsterdam. We'll immediately take an InterCity train to ... Read more >

Tags: belgium, holland, itinerary

Pointless paranoia

SINGAPORE | Monday, 28 Sep 2009 | Views [742]

Rereading all the travelogues I've uploaded here is making me even more excited about my upcoming trip. I've been planning for it since June, quite obsessively actually, so I really hope all goes well and nobody almost dies. Or dies.  It'll be my ... Read more >

Tags: belgium, holland

Tokyo Day 6: Summersonic

JAPAN | Monday, 18 Aug 2008 | Views [1359]

Well there's really nothing much I can say about this day. We went to the Summersonic Music Festival in the morning and left at midnight! We started off by watching The Wombats at the Chiba Marine Stadium. Then June stayed behind to watch Vampire ... Read more >

Tags: japan, summersonic, tokyo

Tokyo Day 5: Tsukiji, Asakusa, Akihabara, Ueno

JAPAN | Sunday, 17 Aug 2008 | Views [13334] | Comments [3]

We woke up at a disgustingly early 4:30 a.m. and stumbled out into the world at 5:30. Today was the day we would visit the famous Tsukiji Fish Market. This is where all of Tokyo’s seafood comes from. It’s also the biggest wholesale fish ... Read more >

Tags: akihabara, asakusa, japan, tokyo, tsukiji, ueno

Tokyo Day 4: Hakone Pt 2

JAPAN | Friday, 15 Aug 2008 | Views [3040]

We started the day bright and early at 6:30 a.m. with a dip in the hot spring at our guesthouse. It’s a shared facility, but guests can reserve it for private use. Since you have to go in fully naked, it’s really best that you do this. The ... Read more >

Tags: hakone, japan, tokyo

Tokyo Day 3: Hakone

JAPAN | Thursday, 14 Aug 2008 | Views [5029]

If it hasn’t been clear so far, I had an absolutely amazing time in Tokyo. It was fucking exhausting and my feet were BURNING with pain throughout all 7 days – in fact the sides of my soles are still aching today – but the trip was brilliant ... Read more >

Tags: hakone, japan, odawara, tokyo

Tokyo Day 2: Roppongi, Harajuku, Shibuya

JAPAN | Wednesday, 13 Aug 2008 | Views [5985] | Comments [3]

One of my main missions for this trip was to find a wedding dress. Because let’s face it, if you can’t find a nice dress in Tokyo, there’s little hope for you anywhere else. All of my hopes for finding this elusive dress were pinned on ... Read more >

Tags: harajuku, japan, roppongi, shibuya, tokyo

Tokyo Day 1: Shinjuku

JAPAN | Tuesday, 12 Aug 2008 | Views [2579]

This will be a story of confusion, exhaustion and lots of near-vomitting. Let’s start from the top. I got about 2 hours of sleep before waking up at 2:30 a.m. to go to the airport. Our flight was at 6 a.m. We landed at Narita Airport around ... Read more >

Tags: japan, shinjuku, takashimaya, tokyo

Late night recollections of Hanoi

SINGAPORE | Sunday, 13 Apr 2008 | Views [633]

I should be sleeping now because I have to wake up early but my brain is still quite active. I was lying in bed just a while ago trying to let my thoughts run their course and into the darkness but instead I ended up with the urge to write. I was thinking ... Read more >

Tags: hanoi, vietnam

Vietnam Day 10: The worst ending ever

VIETNAM | Saturday, 29 Dec 2007 | Views [788]

Lianyi had been sniffling and coughing a lot and suffering from an on-and-off fever since Halong Bay. That was Tuesday. We thought nothing of it, just kept plying him with Panadol and Strepsils and their Vietnamese equivalents. On Saturday I found ... Read more >

Tags: hanoi, vietnam

Vietnam Days 7 to 9: Exploring Hanoi and Tam Coc

VIETNAM | Friday, 28 Dec 2007 | Views [825]

On Day 7, I woke up feeling pretty sad because Xai had left that morning. It would be a long time before we would see him again. I remember the next two days being quite aimless. I think we were quite bored of Hanoi by then. We'd overestimated the amount ... Read more >

Tags: hanoi, tam coc, vietnam

Vietnam Day 6: Halong Bay Pt 2

VIETNAM | Thursday, 27 Dec 2007 | Views [660]

When I woke up that morning I opened the door and found Xai standing outside my room, about to knock. And behind him, a giant cliff passing by. Til today, that's still one of my very best travel memories. There's something magical about waking up ... Read more >

Tags: halong bay, hanoi, kinh do, vietnam

Vietnam Day 5: Halong Bay

VIETNAM | Wednesday, 26 Dec 2007 | Views [516]

We woke up early, around 7 am, to take our bus to Halong Bay at 7:45 am. The bus was super crowded. It was really just a mni-van. Every seat was filled with a tourist and any other available floor space was filled with a backpack. The tour guide took ... Read more >

Tags: halong bay, vietnam

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