Hello there, my fellow wanderlust reader. Let's talk travel again, and this time, something to recommend for you to read during the lull periods when you take a break between journeys. There are many travel websites out there that you might be considering when you are planning for your next destination, but one that I consistently read and rely on is TheSmartLocal.com.
We are already at Episode 2 of the first season of 中國新歌聲 SING CHINA (also known as Voice of China Season 5, oops)! This episode is full of hits and misses, and no particular contestant that really stood out for me. The highlight of the episode is probably the touching rendition of 寂寞有多长... aaaand that's pretty much it! If you're lazy to watch the whole episode, you can read the summary here:
This is a secret hideout where you can jive away with your mates, away from the crowd, a gastropub to wine and dine, all with an element of fun and thrill. And of course, this place has a bartender to the live bar counter, with a whole array of amazing drinks, cocktails, mocktails and the like just for you. This is Mr Punch Public House, best known for his work in the puppet show, ’Punch and Judy’. It is a place that celebrates good food, better company and plentiful drinking. Read on for more information about this place and what it has to offer:
Rise, shine, and it's time for the Mount Pinatubo tour! I remembered waking up really early to make it in time for the jump-off point, and wondering if it's going to be worth it... well, behind every memorable adventure is some of the difficult minutes rolling off the bed in the wee hours of the morning. Some quick facts that will blow you away immediately already about Mount Pinatubo: it is still an active volcano, and was responsible for the second largest eruption of the 20th century in 1991. Many travelers go for the Mount Pinatubo hike as one of the day trips from Manila for this particular reason. If you want to visit this amazingly beautiful hiking spot, and have no idea how to start, I have all the planning tips, exact instructions on how to reach the place that you intend to go all in this post (and of course, plenty of gorgeous pictures ❤️):
A glimpse of past and present of the Singaporean Malay culture
To see Singapore as she is today and in the past, start with Bugis and Kampong Glam. Bugis is a neighbourhood that has gotten its name from the ethnic Buginese people that has a long history in Southeast Asia. It is now defined by the biggest pedestrian street market and shopping malls. Kampong Glam, on the other hand, is an enclave for the Malay community in Singapore that has since thrived with cultural, religious, and retail activity. These two adjoined districts have undergone generations of transformations and under target for criticisms of gentrification. However, that is inevitable with Singapore's determination for development and the effects of modernization. Today, this area attracts an international crowd and the younger generations of Singaporeans who are headed to this part of the island to soak up the 'hipster' cafe scene and its rustic charm.
SING CHINA Season 1 has launched! Did you know about it because everyone was circulating a certain 'Nathan Hartono' performance? Or because you're simply a hardcore fan of Voice of China (its previous show name)? They are trying really hard to change the original format due to copyright issues, but the core content is essentially still the same.