Before that though, let’s talk about happier times. Some friends and I made plans to explore Lake Maninjau, a crater lake in Sumatra, 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 get to distract kids from attending school.
It also instilled in me a long-term love for nasi padang and jus alpukat (an avocado shake drizzled with gula melaka and love). For the uninitiated (you haven’t lived), authentic nasi padang is not just a dish but a whole process. You’ll pick a couple of dishes you really like and these will be laid out on […]
Despite being in plain sight in a well-populated area, surprisingly few people knew that we had a functional railway station. Specifically, one that brought us to Malaysia.
I must have passed by this building a million times but have always thought that it was some government building due to its atas colonial exterior. It might have looked welcoming 50 years ago but not in my lifetime.
Anyway, back in 2011, it was in the papers everywhere that the old railway station was going to shut. We did a bit of research, packed our bags and took a weekend trip by rail…to Penang (which is really mostly an island that didn’t have a rail connection but I didn’t […]
Don’t get me wrong, Cheung Chau is a beautiful place, off the beaten track from the hustle and bustle of business Hong Kong. For about US$4-5, you’ll take an ~ hour ferry ride from the Central ferry terminal to the island where it’s as different as you can get.
My excuse was for an adventure to a relatively safe but less-explored part of Hong Kong. Cheung Chau Island was perfect since no one really goes there except for apparently a Bun Festival that was decidedly a bit too far off in the calendar and a bit too crowded for my liking anyway. I’d never make it far in a career in bun snatching (although mental note, I will […]
On my first visit to South Korea, transport options across the country were not great. You’d have to fumble around getting to a bus terminal in Dongseoul which no one could tell you was still kind of Seoul but not really. Google Maps was still a new concept so you couldn’t just navigate yourself around.
In Seoul, I would ask for directions to the Goseong with the dinosaur prints (“You know, RAWWWR! Stomp, stomp!”) and absolutely no one would know what I’m talking about. To make things more fun, there turns out to be 2 places identically called Goseong (고성군) which are on opposite sides of the country like this:
I can’t exactly remember how I chanced […]
Your typical K-dramas usually feature some picturesque parks. Equally-spaced trees would arch over paths , sheltering some doe-eyed, well-powdered lovers from the sun because God knows love’s greatest enemy is prematurely ageing skin. Everyone needs a visit to a Korean park/forest in their travel itinerary.
So I went to Haesingdang Park.
Because you would obviously need a good story to explain to your neighbors why you’re building a park with giant dicks, there is one that accompanies this park.
Legend goes that a fisherman left his wife at a coastal spot while he went out to fish. The weather turned bad and swept the wife away. Now, if you think the rest of the story is […]
This is me. This blog mostly talks about how to have grand adventures as an unrepentant Singaporean.