Category: Exploring

Two very different sides of the Maldives – the capital

After spending a few nights in a great resort, it was time for the second part of our Maldives trip – a one night visit to the country’s capital, Malé. The capital island of Male with a population of around 100’000 is about a 10 minutes ferry ride away from the...

Impressions from the Thaipusam procession in Singapore

This past weekend the Hindu festival of Thaipusam was celebrated in Singapore (as a matter of fact, everywhere with a sizable Tamil population). I had missed it last year and wanted to make sure to get a glimpse at it this time. I won’t go into much detail regarding the...

Hangzhou: the food did not disappoint

I was looking forward to the food in Hangzhou and sure was not disappointed. Over the two days we did not have a single meal that wasn’t tasty. But then again, we did not go too experimental as one could and you will see below. Another night we had dinner...

Hangzhou: a walk around West Lake and Hefang Street

In late November two friends asked whether I was interested in a weekend in China before year end. I really liked my time in Qingdao a few months ago  and quickly agreed. It was a very spontaneous idea and the initial plan was to go to Shanghai. However when we started...

Bali: A day in Ubud

Back in October I spent a weekend in Bali. I had been before but never made it to Ubud, the town that is considered the island’s culture centre. Not much planning is needed to visit. We asked our Uber driver who drove us from the airport the night before whether...

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...

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...

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...

Sri Lankan curry recipes

Sri Lankan cuisine is not really well-known on the global foodie radar. I am not sure why, maybe it just stays in the shadow of the great Indian neighbor which is somehow similar (the Southern Indian cuisine). Even in food-crazy Singapore, only 3.5 hours flying time away I am yet...