• Phang Nga Bay: Phuket’s Tourism Done Right

    When Edwin and I visited Phuket three years ago, like any excited tourist, one of the attractions we did was elephant trekking. Only returning back to Singapore did we realise that behind the facade of these majestic wild animals, are cruel practices that exploit and abuse them to become docile and obedient. In many cases, elephants are taken from their mothers from young and are subjected to a prolonged period of systematic torture in a process called “Phajaan”, or “breaking the spirit”. With this knowledge in mind, we decided against animal tourism in our recent trip to Phuket. I’m not saying that all animal tourism in Phuket is harmful, there…

  • Rome: The Eternal City

    There is a reason why they call Rome “The Eternal City”. It feels like you have travelled back in time to the Roman empire. Ruins are scattered across the city and you can stumble upon pieces of them wherever you go. Despite the grandeur of the city with numerous major landmarks, we didn’t enjoy Rome as much as Florence or Venice partly because Rome was just too hot. It was 37 degrees on the afternoon we arrived. Edwin and I both fell sick due to the heat and dehydration (no, I refuse to believe it was because of the gelato we ate everyday :P). Rome was not only sweltering, but…

  • Romancing Florence

    “Should we walk or take a taxi?” I asked Edwin as we fumbled with our luggage. We had just gotten off a 2-hour train ride from Venice and it was mid-afternoon in the city of Florence. Now this is when we regret checking the route to our Airbnb the night before. Our host had mentioned that it was just a 15 minute walk from the station, but with our luggage threatening to break apart as we considered rolling it across cobbled-stone streets, the taxi it was decided. We soon learnt that the entire historical centre of Florence, which is where all the main attractions like the Uffizi, Duomo and the…