Brisbane Part 2: Healing Greens

MAY 2014… Brisbane might have a reputation as an art lover’s haven, but it is also a tree lover’s haven. Green spaces in Brisbane are not just your run-of-the-mill park with a few trees and bushes; they are entire destinations on their own. Escape the downtown crowds at Roma Street Parkland. Unwind your day at… Continue reading Brisbane Part 2: Healing Greens

Brisbane Part 1: An Art Lover’s Haven

MAY 2014… Brisbane is the third-most populous city in Australia. It sits on the banks of the meandering Brisbane River, its name which it takes after. Brisbane is an art lover’s dream, with world-class museums and art galleries (most are free admission), lovely bridges and weekend craft markets. A perennial cool breeze blows throughout the… Continue reading Brisbane Part 1: An Art Lover’s Haven

The Great Ocean Road

JULY 2011… There is a reason why coastal drives are so popular: the views are simply amazing. From sheer cliffs to rock formations to gorgeous sunset views, there is never a dull moment. And one of the world’s best coastal drives is right here in Australia. The Great Ocean Road is a 400-km scenic drive… Continue reading The Great Ocean Road

Melbourne: Coffee & Cultural Capital

JULY 2011… Over the years, my appetite and taste for holiday destinations changed. When I was in my 20s, I was more adventurous and willing to go along with some crazy things my travel companions suggested. Now that I’m in my 30s, I look forward to a more relaxing vacation, somewhere that is closer to… Continue reading Melbourne: Coffee & Cultural Capital

Keep Calm & Paddle On

A Mallard drake in Lucerne, Switzerland.

I have a confession to make: I am obsessed with ducks. Every time I travel, these cute little fellas find their way into my photo collection. Like this Mallard Drake I found on his way out for a suntan in Lucerne.

Why the obsession? You see, in sunny Singapore where I come from, ducks are rare sightings (except the ones on the dinner table). But in the northern hemisphere, ducks are so commonplace you can apparently find them in any park, pond or lake.

Interestingly, seeing these ducks made my day more than any great historical building or impressive museum. Watching them sail the waterways with their oh-so-cute ducklings put a smile on my face. Impromptu pet therapy at work, I guess.

Then again, sometimes it’s the simple things that make a vacation great. We need not try too hard to plan the perfect vacation always. We should just go with the flow, keep calm and paddle on like our feathered friends.

Read more about my trip to Lucerne in:
Lucerne: Small Town Charm

Lucerne: Small Town Charm

JUNE 2011… For my next excursion, I went to Lucerne, a popular city 52 km southwest of Zurich. Sitting on the edge of yet another river-lake (this time Lake Lucerne and River Reuss), Lucerne was just the right size for a day trip. The scenery en route from Zurich to Lucerne. The experience started right… Continue reading Lucerne: Small Town Charm

Zurich: A Pleasant Surprise

JUNE 2011… Zurich is one of the largest financial centres in the world. Most travellers enter Zurich to conduct business rather than sightseeing. Tourists to Switzerland typically head to the Alps or the more scenic cities of Geneva and Bern. I was also more interested in using Zurich as a base to hop to other… Continue reading Zurich: A Pleasant Surprise

The Hunt for a Red Box

A red telephone box on the streets of London.

When was the last time you used a payphone? Do you even know where to find one? Then again, it probably doesn’t matter. Who still hunts for payphones these days, right?

And yet, they do. In London, at least. For the red ones. Out of all the British icons, the Red Telephone Box has to be one with the humblest beginnings. Born out of necessity and painted red simply to make it easy to spot, it is now one of the most-photographed items in London. Tourists pose with it like they would a celebrity and spotting one on the streets can be as exhilarating as riding the London Eye.

But true to the smartphone era, these red telephone boxes are slowly disappearing off the streets. They won’t disappear totally though, which is a relief, because I can’t imagine London without them. It would be like a missing jigsaw puzzle piece: the picture just ain’t complete.

Read more about my trip to London in:
London Part 1: Old Favourites
London Part 2: River Thames & Hyde Park

London Part 2: River Thames & Hyde Park

NOVEMBER 2008… London is a city built on the banks of the River Thames. As such, many bridges traverse the waters. The most attention-grabbing of them all is the Tower Bridge, with it looking like a replica out of a Disney movie. Many people mistake Tower Bridge for the London Bridge in the childhood nursery… Continue reading London Part 2: River Thames & Hyde Park