There is more to Singapore than its modern urban architecture. It’s full of colorful and art-inspired roads, too. Haji Lane in the Kampong Glam neighborhood has become a trendy Instagram spot for its artsy stores and technicolor street walls. Located only 10-15 minutes walk from the MRT Bugis station, this tiny lane, hidden away in the heart of the Muslim quarter, offers a great number of local boutiques, creative handmade stores, hip cafés, and friendly pubs – all strikingly attractive that will catch your eyes at first sight. It’s also a great place to hang out with your friends too, which is why I spent the afternoon there catching up with a friend who is working in Singapore. Aside from looking for creative larger-than-life street art (and most likely taking photo ops with it), we also checked out a unique coffee shop in the area, Selfie Coffee, where I took a selfie and had it printed on top of my iced latte! The selfie drink concept is said to have originated from Taiwan and then various coffee shops in Malaysia and Singapore adopted the idea. Sipping an edible photo (your face) on top of the drink was a weirdly interesting experience. Just be careful not to spill the drink! :p
Located next to the iconic Marina Bay Sands, Singapore’s 21st-century botanic garden is a fantasy land of glass domes, alien-like Supertrees, and elevated walkways. The first time I visited Singapore 4 years ago, I only saw the Supertrees from afar. This time, I made sure I’ll go up close the iconic trees and marvel inside the futuristic glass gardens! Gardens by the Bay is actually one of Singapore government’s initiatives to transition from being known as The Garden City to A City In A Garden. I must admit, I was impressed with how the Supertrees were built and how it came to be another attraction to see in Singapore. Both the two indoor gardens were impressive as well. The Flower Dome replicates the Mediterranean climates found across the world, while the even more astounding Cloud Forest (the highlight of my visit to the Gardens by the Bay) is a tropical montane affair complete with a mesmerizing man-made waterfall.
Heading north? Ilocos Norte is the perfect destination for a weekend getaway or for taking a break from the bustling city of Manila. My adventure to the northern tip of the Philippines was one of the unforgettable trips I did last year. I also promised myself to see more of the Philippines and Ilocos did not disappoint. The province is known for some of the Philippines’ popular spots and even a UNESCO World Heritage church. After spending some rainy days in the historical city of Vigan, we toured northern Ilocos (Ilocos Norte) and visited Burgos, Pagudpud, and Paoay. All are just too scenic and offer attractions unique to its municipality. Check out my set of photos below from my trip to the Ilocos region of the Philippines!
Third time’s the charm. I went back to Hong Kong earlier this year for a long weekend getaway. I just love Hong Kong. It’s chaotic and vibrant. It welcomes you with an iconic skyline, a memorable culinary experience, and lush nature where local colourful traditions thrive. There’s also Lantau Island, Hong Kong’s largest outlying island, which offers a more laid-back and cultural experience. This time, aside from riding the longest outdoor covered escalator system in the world (aka Central-Mid-Levels) on my way to finding the 40 HKD Michelin-starred Yat Lok Roast Goose for lunch, I decided to choose the road less traveled and spend a day at Lantau Island’s Ngong Ping Village.
Studio City is the splashiest development to open in Macau in years and a cinematic new addition to the Cotai Strip. It’s enigmatic, thrilling, and sophisticated that exploring the new Hollywood-themed casino resort made me feel like I was in Batman’s chic Gotham city (there’s even a Batman ride inside which makes a trip to the resort the closest experience you can get to being in the world of Batman). Set against a backdrop of modern hollywood and Art Deco-inspired architecture, the magnificent cinema-themed resort encompasses a labyrinth of pleasures: a two-tower hotel, entertainment venues for world-class performances, a global range of dining options, spectacular gaming areas, and a wonderland of luxury shopping, making Studio City another iconic landmark in Macau’s Cotai Strip.