Monthly Archive: September 2015

Exploring Istana Woodneuk – a haunted mansion in Singapore?

There are plenty of examples of glitzy new buildings in town, as well as colonial houses in (almost) perfect shape. However, there are not many visible ruins. Istana Woodneuk, the former residence of family members of the Sultan of Johor, is just that – an abandoned villa. The fact that...

The Haze is back!

Every year Singapore is affect by haze, caused by slash & burn techniques in Indonesia. 2013 was one of the worst, 2014 was ok. This year has seen some bad days, just look at the view we had on Thursday: For comparison, this is a normal day:

Impressions of markets in Sri Lanka

Wherever I travel, I enjoy visiting the local markets to get a feel for the culture. Besides, it is usually an adventure for all senses and a great place to pick up fresh and cheap produce. Needless to say, Sri Lanka was fantastic with its markets and below is a...

Talpe Beach Club near Galle

After an afternoon under the blazing hot sun exploring Galle, we decided against having dinner in one of the town’s restaurants and instead made our way to Talpe – a beach town about a 20mins bus ride along the coast. We discovered the Talpe Beach Restaurant & Bar¬†through Tripadvisor as...

Galle: a charming colonial town in Southern Sri Lanka

Our last stop before bustling Colombo was Galle, a colonial town along the southern coast. Our guide book hyped the city quite a bit so we were looking very much forward to seeing a different kind of Sri Lanka. The town spent most of its colonial past under Dutch rule...