Perishing tomb of Tan Tock Seng

Perishing tomb of Tan Tock Seng

We beat about narrow alleys, between low shop houses and freshly painted modern blocks of flats. Large palm leaves shade neatly kept lawns. Backs of the buildings are adorned with nice-looking spiral staircases. Mouthwatering scents coming from opened kitchen windows fill the air. A huge painted peacock and goatling peek from the murals. In one […]

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Eye to eye with wildlife in Singapore Zoo

Eye to eye with wildlife in Singapore Zoo

A passing downpour fills the air with a scent of steaming soil. Inescapable humidity is intensified by large-leafed tropical trees and fan-shaped palms. Under a bridge, through the forest floor, flits a small, brownish animal. Black, beady eyes watch cameras and hidden behind them, people. Small, mouse-like nose sniffs the air. Thin, deer legs carry […]

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Tiong Bahru Food Centre – a culinary heritage of Singapore

Tiong Bahru Food Centre – a culinary heritage of Singapore

A tiny booth – one of the many similarly looking. A kitchen and storage at the same time. Its supreme king – bent by time small grandpa – skillfully shifts between metal shelves full of bowls and cups. Sunburnt hands, covered with creases of wrinkles, briskly toss fish cakes sizzling on a grill grid. From beneath […]

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Ho Chi Minh’s vibrant streets

Ho Chi Minh’s vibrant streets

A two-storeyed, angular building with grey walls, stained with mould and mildew. Sandwiched between other, similarly begrimed by torrential rains of the monsoon season, a sizzling sun of the dry period, and fumes of everyday heavy traffic.  The first-floor windows extend to a view of thick black electric cables running through the entire length of the […]

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Deepavali – Festival of Light in Singapore

Deepavali – Festival of Light in Singapore

We can barely squeeze through the narrow streets filled with festively dressed, colourful crowd of people. Always lively Indian shops are even more busy than usual. “No, no. Five is not enough. It must cover the whole arm”, the owner of the shop fixes her headscarf and with an apparent expertise in a topic continues […]

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