Category Travel

Some Pictures from China

This was my first trip to China, and it was a bit of a culture shock, not only because of its obvious differences with Singapore, but also because of its similarities which run below skin-deep.┬áThis was especially dislocating for me, considering how I was brought up in a supposedly Chinese school, but with woefully little […]


It’s been a busy month, and I don’t have the time to write full posts yet, but I’ll share a snippet from each trip so far. Yasser-Arafat Square, Ramallah, Palestine. I’m so glad I went to Israel. Unsuccessfully defending my Scottish Open title in Edinburgh. Had a wonderful time, but was unsettled by the post-tournament […]

Post-Exam Part I – a bit more of London

This post documents some of my post-exam travel in London. I followed a strictly chronological order, so the geography is a little messy. I originally wrote a lot more than I did but eventually decided to be lazy and let the pictures speak for themselves, adding a number of captions here and there. Click through […]

The calm before the storm

Uh, so I have fallen into the habit of not updating during my free periods and updating just before crunch periods. Tomorrow is my final paper, and the closer you get to your final paper, the worse you feel (it’s a bit like the final Lit paper at the end of the A Levels, 2008. […]

How not to travel?

This article has recently resurfaced on social media (such is the power of social media – the article was written in 2010, but it has received all of its comments over the past few days), and has invited much criticism over its arguably biased and ‘Western-centric’ view of Singapore. As a Singaporean I broadly agree […]

Two (contrasting?) portraits of the DPRK

First, the controversial BBC Panorama feature. Panorama is a television programme known for taking on the ‘investigative journalist’ tack – the only other Panorama show I’ve watched so far is its feature on disgraced DJ and television presenter Jimmy Savile (which had its share of controversies). Unsurprisingly, this documentary is very critical of the DPRK. […]

An Overdue Croatia in Pictures

I had an effective four days to spend in Croatia. Four days is not enough time to travel in a country, much less Croatia. Here’s why: Croatia is crescent-shaped, which makes ideas like ‘a day trip to Dubrovnik from Zagreb’ sound ridiculous. In fact, this was the most ill-planned leg of my journey. When I […]