The view from Kampong glam to the Sultan Mosque
I’ve written a few different blogposts about Singapore being a cultural melting pot, focussing each time on different racial groups of Singapore. Yes, in one tiny country, you can see mid-autumn festivals in Chinatown, Thaipusam festivals in Little India, Javanese Kuda kepang dancing, and even the young expats doing the dance-walking around Orchard or Clarke Quay. But one important cultural icon of Singapore is the Kampong Glam and Bugis area, which is where you want to be if you want to enjoy the best of Arab/Malay food and culture. The Buginese people were one of the ethnic groups of South […]

The Sultan had a large mosque! : Bugis, Singapore

Bridge to the chinese gardens
Having lived in Singapore for 2 years, I have previous blogged about various touristy places here. But one place which I keep forgetting to mention, or which most people generally ignore from the tourism map of Singapore, is the Chinese Gardens. Heard of the other gardens? The Gardens by the bay? Click here to read about them! Also called the Jurong Gardens, the Chinese gardens was built by the Taiwanese architect Yuen-Chen Yu. Conveniently located at the MRT station, which is also named ‘Chinese gardens’, this interesting bit of Singapore is located on the west end of the green metro […]

Chinese Gardens: Singapore

Actually, I hate to go. - Changi airport, Singapore 2
4th August 2014 – Singapore Goodbyes are the worst sob stories. Oh, the pain! Especially to friends, who saw you in both the low and prime. But with all this travel, I find that I now smile more often at airports. Because, thankfully, goodbyes don’t last a wretched lifetime.   When I started this journey from Singapore, it was heartbreaking. To let go of all the friends here. To start again, on ground zero. I was consumed with depression on the first day of my journey, in Sydney. And rightfully, i decided to make a short pitstop here, on the way from […]

Project 365: Day 34 – Leaving on a Jetplane

When one crazy, clicks another. - Clarke Quay, Singapore 2
3rd August 2014 – Singapore Don’t build distances, so vast that you drown in them. And, don’t dream about pastures that you cannot see. Don’t lead to revile. Don’t follow to beguile. Liquor is quicker, so just walk this bridge beside me.  Last night, the drinking started at the bridge, only to end at 5 or 6 in the morning. Now, even if you were living in Singapore for the last 10 years, there is a good chance that you don’t know where ‘the bridge’ is. Neither are you at fault if you started searching the club listings for any establishment named, well, the […]

Project 365: Day 33 – The bridge doesn’t divide

The face and the brushstrokes - Chinatown, Singapore
2nd August 2014 – Singapore The smell of succulent fried wantons filled the air And the red lanterns stood arrogant, and looked down. Among the bigots, the drunks, the pimps and the whores, The artist remains largely unnoticed, in Chinatown. A sleepy saturday for most of the part, I pretty much woke up only around 4 PM. Victoria, my friend whose place I am crashing, ensured that I got enough rest, before we took off to a volleyball game at Sentosa beach. At the beach, we met up with another couch surfer named Alex, and asked her to join us for dinner at […]

Project 365: Day 32 – The Artist

Invisible in a crowd. - Singapore
1st August 2014 – Singapore Their boots were filthy, and dust danced on their palms They carried stories of pain, and all the agonising lore. Yet they slept in unknown corridors, and roamed unseen roads. Beyond preying eyes. Beyond stomp. Beyond Singapore. I am back to Singapore, although just for a bit. Thought of spending 4 days here catching up with friends, before I proceed to the next phase of my journey. Check out images from the Thaipusam festival in Singapore. Click here! So, this left me in a quandary. I have pretty much photographed anything of touristic value in Singapore, so what do […]

Project 365: Day 31 – The others

No emergencies. And no exits. - Melbourne, Australia
31st July 2014 – Melbourne, Australia In airports and terminals, I found a new game. Of hide-and-seek, with an edge of chaos and mayhem Time is playing a good referee, and keeps reminding me. The exits are always there. But I have no plans of taking them. They say time flies. Mine must have taken a concorde, because the realisation is a kickback when you are already typing out the 30th day post. The last one month was spent in 5 different countries, and that is a fairly good start. Click here to check out pictures from Vanuautu, one of my favourite countries the […]

Project 365: Day 30 – Going full circle

holland village singapore
This was the 2nd post (Day 2) of an entire year-long series, which I named ‘Project 365′. The idea was simple enough: travel for a full year and document every day of it, in the form of a daily picture and poem. I am still working on a book of this year-long travel, but till then, enjoy all the posts here. You can check out the daily posts in the details below or jump to the final day of the project by clicking here.   3rd July 2014 – Singapore (Day 2) I charged windmills, and leapt on window stills. Mad like […]

A little bit of Holland in Singapore

singapore farewell party 2
This was the first post (Day 1) of an entire year-long series, which I named ‘Project 365′. The idea was simple enough: travel for a full year and document every day of it, in the form of a daily picture and poem. I am still working on a book of this year-long travel, but till then, enjoy all the posts here. You can check out the daily posts in the details below or jump to the final day of the project by clicking here. 2nd July 2014 – Singapore (Day 1) A journey begins with a beer, they said. A smile […]

A Farewell at Zsofi’s Tapas Bar

singapore eunos metro station 13
This was the first post of an entire year-long series, which I named ‘Project 365′. The idea was simple enough: travel for a full year and document every day of it, in the form of a daily picture and poem. I am still working on a book of this year-long travel, but till then, enjoy all the posts here. You can check out the daily posts in the details below or jump to the final day of the project by clicking here. 1st July 2014 – Singapore From dust we rose and to dust we shall go And dust is […]

Project 365: Day 0 – The beginning

herIn Java (Indonesia), there is a folk dance so crazy, that you will squeak, scrimp, and look away in horror. While I have not seen it in Indonesia, I have seen it in Singapore – where it is supposed to be conservative – and I almost cried. It’s one of the positive culture-shocks that travellers to this part of the world, must experience. If you are looking for traditional festivals in Singapore, also check out my pictures from the mid autumn festival here! Kuda Lumping is a traditional Javanese Dance form and literally means ‘flat horse‘, denoting a prop that is used throughout the […]

Kuda Kepang in Singapore

Many of the people I meet while travelling, have never heard of dancewalking. And I am proud when I explain to them, especially when I tell them, how it is so common in Singapore. ================================================================= How to order your kopi like a boss, in Singapore! ================================================================= Well, to keep things in perspective, nobody knew of dance walking in Singapore too,  until a year ago. Around that time, one hippy local couch-surfer with long hair went on a trip to some European city, and his host there took him along for a dancewalk. When he came back to Singapore, he explained […]

Dancewalking in Singapore

Changi airport butterfly garden 4
Everytime I have to catch a flight from Terminal 3 of the Changi airport in Singapore, I look forward to arriving 3 hours before the flight. While this is partially caused by my fear of missing flights, the other main reason is that I like to renew a photographic affair in T3 every time.   ================================================================== Ever heard about dance walking in Singapore? Click here! ================================================================== There are a few different gardens in the Changi airport (sunflower garden, orchid garden etc.), but my favourite one would be the Butterfly garden in Terminal 3 transit area. Apart from the fact that it […]

Clicking around a butterfly garden: Changi Airport, Singapore

How to Order Kopi in Singapore
It’s a Friday! So, here is some inside info on how to order Kopi in Singapore!   There is something so bad-ass about visiting a hawker center in Singapore, and watching a local true-blue Singaporean order Coffee. Or wait, Kopi! Because ordering one in the typical local tongue, could give Starbucks a run for their money in the coffee-naming business. The best place to try ordering this would be the local Kopitiams or hawker centers. I like the ‘Da Bao’ style of taking your Kopi with you, in a plastic bag that hands by a thread. But the topic of this post […]

Order your Kopi like a boss! : Singapore

The mystery of the lemon in thaipusam. 3
If you are in Singapore during the month of January, you should not miss out on one of the best festivals ever. It’s weird. It’s scary. It can capture your deepest imaginations. But Thaipusam is something that you should see atleast once in your life. I have lived in Chennai for 3 years, but I did not, even once, get to see the Thaipusam festival there, despite the festival being centred around the Tamils. I had to get all the way to Singapore, before I saw it for the first time last year. A little background could help here. For the […]

In Photos: Thaipusam festival in Singapore

Year of the horse celebrations in Singapore 1
It was raining buckets in Singapore yesterday. The whole city-state cast a gloomy face, with puddles of water everywhere and dark clouds till the end of the horizon. In the midst of all this,  we set out to see the Chinese New year light-up and opening ceremony. It wasn’t a good start, right from Joo Chiat Place. The rain-gods were already putting up a clear sign as to how the rest of the evening would turn out. This is not the first time that I was visiting Chinatown, and it has become one of my favorite spots in Singapore. But today, […]

Ushering the year of the horse : Chinatown, Singapore

Gardens by the bay at night
My first visit to Singapore was back in 2004, when me and a bunch of college students, set out to explore the parliamentary systems of Singapore and Malaysia. (That was not a joke. Ask me about it over a beer, and I will tell you a funny tale) One thing I remember doing then, was to come and see the famed merlion, and stare out into the Singapore river, and the open sea ahead. It seemed to fit the image of Singapore, as a small Asian lion with an important maritime position.   8 years later, I came back again […]

In Photos: The cloud forest of Gardens by the bay, Singapore.

Shwedagon pagoda in Yangon 2
Everybody is doing it. So, I might as well.   To recount a year is difficult, and especially when it is a year like 2013 which was nothing short of momentous. I checked my hard disk to find out that I have travelled to a total of 14 countries this year, and the total pictures in my hard disk totalled up to 32000! So, what better way to recount a year, than to show it in pictures.   January The Thaipusam festival is one of the most bizarre festivals that one can imagine. I have been wanting to check out […]

2013: My year in travel photos

June Rosettes
After a long while (I was busy travelling between Philippines, India and Singapore), finally got to do a photoshoot last month, and this time, with some Chinese/Malay faces. Thanks to Stevie Sun from MamboStevie photos, who organized the event. And the best thing was the location. Marina bay sands is so cool in that it offers various views for a shoot, indoor and outdoor. Some of the selected pics from the shoot below. To see more, check out my Facebook. Follow my travels on Facebook, for more updates and photography. All pictures are taken by the blog admin. Contact me […]

In Photos: Photoshoots at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

Panning shots at the F1
I’ve never been a huge fan of F1. The most that I can relate to F1, is Michael Schumacher, and that too from newspapers. Even when F1 started out in India, I was totally enthusiastic about. In fact, I wished that they would put all that money for the F1 preparation into fixing the potholes in India. Well, that was not to be.   So, I was pleasantly surprised when I won 2 tickets to this years Singtel F1 in Singapore. Of all the people, my office had succeeded in finding the one person who knew more about the F1 on a computer keyboard, […]

In Photos: Singtel F1 and Maroon 5 in Singapore

Burning incense at the mid autumn festival
The mid autumn festival, or the moon-cake festival, happens every year in Chinatown around mid September. With not a clue what it was all about, I went over to check it out.   When is it, again? The mid-autumn festival is on the 15th day of the 8th month of the Chinese lunar calendar, which falls during September or October in our Gregorian calendar. The date varies each year. In 2012, when I took the pictures below, it was on September 30th. In 2015, it is on September 15th.   Where is the best place to catch it? Obviously, China. But I have been lucky to […]

Mid autumn festival : Singapore

Chulia mosque in Singapore 2
During my visit to chinatown on the eve of the mid autumn festival, I also got to walk around and check out the grand Jamae Chulia mosque. For those who have been to chinatown, this was the mosque that gave the name to mosque street, that famous backpacker alley in singapore.   So, where exactly is it? The Masjid Jamae is located in the Chinatown region of Singapore, tucked into the South Ridge Road. One interesting aspect of the location is that it stands proudly – along with the nearby Sri Mariamman temple – in the heart of Chinese-dominated Chinatown. […]

Visit to the Jamae chulia mosque : Singapore

The tintin shop in Singapore
Update: The location of the Tintin shop has changed slightly since I wrote this post, although it is still in the same street. ================================================================= I literally grew up with Tintin. I cant remember how long ago it was, but I must have read every single Tintin comic. In fact, during my quizzing days, I even earned a nickname as Tintin, because of my in depth knowledge of everything Tintin. (Does anyone know how to differentiate one thompson from the other? I do! ). So, it came as a surprise to me when I heard there was a Tintin shop in Singapore. And I did […]

Searching for Tintin: In Chinatown, Singapore