Singapore Zoo frequently ranks as one of the best zoos in the world (if not the best) and it’s not hard to see why. As an adult I’ve become more questioning and uncomfortable about the general concept of zoos and keeping animals in captive but, as zoos go, Singapore is outstanding when it comes to … More Singapore Zoo – I got bitten by a giraffe!
Without a doubt the thing I was looking forward to doing most in Singapore was visiting Gardens by the Bay. I had been to Singapore once before, in 2011, when the Gardens hadn’t even opened yet. A lot had changed for Singapore in six years! But it was nice to see some familiar places I … More Singapore: Gardens by the Bay
I’m a bit sad that I didn’t spend more time in Kuala Lumpur’s Little India so I wanted to make up for it and see plenty of Singapore’s Little India. Perhaps it was the time of day I went (about an hour before sunset) but there was hardly anyone there compared to KL’s Little India! … More Little India: Singapore’s most colourful place?
Arguably the most iconic place in Singapore is it’s Marina Bay. It’s a large area (1.4 square miles) that surrounds part of the Singapore River and is adjacent to Singapore’s Central Business District. In Marina Bay you can find a variety of developments; sports stadium, shopping centre, residential property, the stunning Gardens by the Bay … More Singapore’s iconic architecture: Marina Bay
Singapore may be a tiny and, to some, an unassuming country but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of beautiful nooks and crannies to explore and things to do. One of those places is Clarke Quay. Along the Singapore River sits Clarke Quay; a collection of multicoloured Disneyland-esque shopfronts that house a variety of restaurants, bars, … More Clarke Quay: Singapore’s rainbow ‘village’
Visiting Singapore again after six years away gave me a big case of deja vu, but in a good way. Plenty had changed but plenty had not. Some of the big things and places I didn’t remember without looking at my old holiday photos, and then small things and places I remembered so perfectly and … More Singapore: A colourful wander through Chinatown
There’s been six years between my first trip to Singapore and my most recent trip. I can’t believe it’s been that long but it definitely didn’t feel it! However, Singapore is such a fast-developing city so there were plenty of noticeable changes. When I first went, the Marina Bay Sands Hotel had only just opened … More Long time no see, Singapore!
The handover of Hong Kong saw the return of six and a half million people to the same autocratic regime from which their elders had fled less than 50 years previously. And so, in 1997, the seed was sown for an inevitable and prolonged fight for true universally suffrage, albeit a fight that could often be selectively ignored. … More Hong Kong’s youth-driven democracy struggle
Hong Kong had been a British colony from 1841 and the 1st of July 1997 marked a significant day in history: the handover of British Hong Kong to China and the end of the British Empire. The handover also marked the return of six and a half million people to the same autocratic regime from which their elders had fled less than fifty years previously. … More Why Hong Kong’s 1997 Handover still matters
It’s currently World Refugee Week until the 25th June and so I want to bring attention to some important issues and great causes. You may or may not have seen my last post about World Refugee Day – in it I mentioned three refugee stories that have particularly touched me. One of those stories was about North-Korean-born Yeonmi … More North Korean refugees need our help.