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Travel

Of Africa, Unicyclists and Life.

I had discussed South Africa with a good friend years and years ago. She’d heard about how dangerous it is (not entirely wrong). This was back in the day before Wikitravel and before travelling with a internet-ready mobile plan was a thing. By some crazy chance, I got acquainted online with a SA unicyclist. We’d […]

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Musing

Covid and Singapore: Redux September

This post is a follow-up to this one I had from April. I wrote that on April 13. At that time, people around were in a bit of a panic state since operation times for certain services were halted nation-wide. We were also enforcing mask usage and minimal inter-family contact so it was a big […]

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Making Things

I Made a Tiny Brick Oven

I’ve been watching a lot of videos with minature food and since we were in the middle of lockdown with nowhere to go, I made a tiny brick oven from scratch. What I wanted to do was to cast a base for the bricks to be stacked on. I didn’t have a good enough cast […]

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Musing

Covid-19 and Singapore in April

(Originally on my Medium account, shifting here for better filing with some edits) As I’m writing this, we’re in the middle of a mostly-but-not-quite-lockdown here in Singapore. We’re not afforded the liberty of eating at a diner, even alone but we can exercise – alone – in uncrowded areas. I’ve been talking to friends the […]

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Travel

12 Countries, 12 Months (While Employed)

Last year, I made a little challenge to average a country a month for the year. While keeping my day job. On allocated leave days. Also, I had been going on a LOT of solo trips and wanted for a change to involve family and friends on adventures. How I Planned Leave Days I spent […]

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Asia Indonesia Travel

The Story Preceding That Story About Diarrhea Everyone Has

Shit happens. Before that though, let’s talk about happier times. Some friends and I made plans to explore Lake Maninjau, a crater lake in Sumatra, in Indonesia, by unicycle. It’s one of my favorite trips to date – I get to whine about physical exercise to friends who can relate; there’s great scenery and we […]

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Bolivia South America Travel

Unicycling the Death Road in Bolivia

You might have heard of the World’s Most Dangerous Road(tm). Also known as the Yungas Road, or the Death Road in Bolivia, the road claims some 200–300 lives annually. You’d start off from about 4650m above sea level and end at 1200m. That’s almost 3.5km of altitude change over the 65km route. Well, around 65km — I’ll explain. […]

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Chile South America Travel

El Perro, Mi Amigo

While wandering around Huilo Huilo in Panguipulli, Chile, this sweet chap over here tagged along while I unicycled through. On this particular leg of my journey, I stayed in a “backpacker” lodge which was unreasonably cheap (I think it was <$10 a night). It’s really more of a camping lodge with a few huge rooms […]

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Chile South America Travel

How to Improve a Wine Tour

In my country, an average bottle of wine costs US$15-20. You wouldn’t drink wine with your meals. Heck, grape juice was a luxury when I was growing up because juice isn’t cheap either. Chile is, in comparison, ridiculous. At some point, I caught myself at the supermarket in a twist over if I should get […]

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Chile South America Travel

Trekking Mountains is Always Fun in Retrospect

I think I decided to hike the Torres del Paine in the Chilean part of Patagonia days before I did that. It was the right season; I happened to be in the area and everyone who’s done it raved about the brilliant scenery. Google tells me that it’s a must-do – a constant best hikes […]