• 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…

  • Venice: A Modern Day Fairytale

    Venice, with its old idyllic charm and winding waterways, is well known as one of the most romantic cities in Europe. Add thousands of tourists converging in narrow streets and clusters of flying pigeons escaping your face by inches, and some of the lustre is lost. Despite the crowd, we were still fully enchanted by Venice’s sights and sounds, though there are a few things to avoid should you be making a trip to Venice for the first time. With careful planning, you can be sure to get the best experience out of this City on Water. Wait, how much did you say it was again? Did you know that…

  • Cinque Terre in One Day

    Many of us would have seen pictures of Cinque Terre, commonly listed in articles such as “Most beautiful places in the world” or “Places to visit before you die”. After all, Cinque Terre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, consisting of five little fishing villages along the rugged coast of the Italian Riviera. Much of its charm and allure comes from its distinct colourful houses, each village with its own unique character. Now that you have set your heart and eyes on this gorgeous seaside town, you might find yourself in the same situation as we did, having only 10 days in Italy, but not wanting to miss Cinque Terre.…

  • Athens: Greek Gods and Temple Rocks

    Athens was the start of our 18 day honeymoon, so you can say that it was here that we were first welcomed by Europe’s summer heat (almost at its peak), and were we not ready for it! Still, countless reapplications of sunblock later, I must say it was pretty surreal, standing on the Acropolis and seeing the Parthenon in front of our eyes, learning about the layers of history that exist between these marbled rocks. We’d booked our Airbnb apartment with Sean quite early in advance at a good rate. It’s actually possible to get an apartment for 40 euros in Athens during peak season! The location was perfect, just 5…

  • Chasing Sunsets in Santorini

    White-washed houses atop rocky cliffs. Breathtaking sunsets. Endless blue seas that stretch forever. Santorini is indeed the perfect honeymoon destination. This was hands-down the highlight of our trip and it remains the most amazing travel experience to date we’ve had. If you ever decide to go to Santorini, please do yourself a favour and spend at least four nights there. And splurge on your hotel. Edwin and I are not the kind of travellers to spend on accommodation. When we travel Europe, we prefer to stay at Airbnbs as they are not only cheaper than hotels but we also get a local experience. In Santorini however, we paid more than…