How long do you have to save to afford an average wedding in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Philippines and Thailand (select Southeast Asia countries)?

Depending on who you ask, the average cost for a couple to tie the knot in Singapore can range somewhere between SGD27,000 to up to SGD100,000. In comparison to other Southeast Asia countries, this might look lavish, but the truth is, getting married is presumably not an affordable affair for many in the region. For … Continue reading How long do you have to save to afford an average wedding in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Philippines and Thailand (select Southeast Asia countries)?

Shanghai – Part 2: Longhua temple and registering AirBnB stay

It has been more than a half year since my last post. Life has been hectic; this is a difficult time for all of us. Readers who are seeking for latest updates and happenings will be disappointed because this post is mostly about my experience visiting Shanghai two years ago. Having said that, it still … Continue reading Shanghai – Part 2: Longhua temple and registering AirBnB stay

Shanghai: Pearl of the Orient, Part One – Canton 8

Recently, I came across articles about the rise of racism and xenophobia against Asians because of the COVID-19 pandemic. By all means be vigilant and take necessary precautions, but don't let fear and hate dictate our actions. Diseases recognize neither race or nationalities, neither should we. The COVID-19 pandemic is a humanitarian crisis. All of … Continue reading Shanghai: Pearl of the Orient, Part One – Canton 8

Escape from Manhattan.

Every city in the world has a place where its residents could easily escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The usual suspect in Manhattan, NYC is Central park, but there is a gem located about four minutes away from midtown via aerial tramway. At Roosevelt Island, there are no blaring horns, wailing … Continue reading Escape from Manhattan.

Why Lune Croissanterie serves the ‘best croissant in the world’?

If you google 'the world's best croissant', you would notice almost all of the results point to a pastry shop in Fritzoy, a suburb of Melbourne, Australia. That is, of course unless you are using Google Austria, the motherland of croissant (Sorry France). No, Lune Croissanterie didn't win any pastry competition on a global scale. … Continue reading Why Lune Croissanterie serves the ‘best croissant in the world’?

Embracing the light: black and white photography.

When I first started experimenting with black and white photography, it was to save photos with bad colours. Over time, I learned how to pay more attention to lighting contrast and take black and white photos natively from the camera instead of creating it in post editing. I embraced the light. It was photographers like … Continue reading Embracing the light: black and white photography.

Seeing Places: The Secret of Tamsui (Danshui 淡水), Taiwan.

Located about an hour from Taipei Main Station by MRT, Tamsui (Danshui 淡水) is a popular destination among the locals to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. Being the last stop of the MRT Red Line somewhat befits its reputation as a perfect spot to gaze sunset. This is the sort of place … Continue reading Seeing Places: The Secret of Tamsui (Danshui 淡水), Taiwan.

Leaving the digital at home.

Kellie’s Castle, Batu Gajah, Malaysia. In the past one year, I’d been travelling with two cameras: Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II, a digital camera; and Olympus OM-2n, a film camera. This is until I struggled to juggle between the two during a holiday in Guangzhou last month. I hesitated which camera to use on multiple … Continue reading Leaving the digital at home.