Category: Exploring

Bogor: an Indonesian city off the tourist trail

A few weeks ago I visited old friends who are currently living in Bogor, Indonesia. Bogo-where you ask? At least, that was when I first thought when I was invited. With a population of around one million (which would make it Switzerland’s biggest city… by quite a stretch), Bogor is located...

Qingdao: Laoshan / Mount Lao

On our recent trip to Qingdao we were looking for a day trip to see a bit more outside the city. Not far away is the Laoshan region / Mount Lao. As always, I won’t go too much into detail of the history and significance as you are probably better...

Qingdao: (German) beer culture

As explained earlier, Qingdao has a short German colonial history over 100 years ago. While shortlived, the German left their mark on some of the architecture. But first and foremost, the city is nowadays known for the Tsingtao beer which started out under colonialism. While Tsingtao isn’t China’s best selling...

Singapore: Sungei Road Thieves’ Market & Rochor Canal

I don’t think anybody would deny that Singapore has plenty of shopping opportunities for all budgets. Development for new, glitzy shopping malls is constantly ongoing and regularly a new one pops up somewhere. Probably the most extreme opposite to these shopping malls one can get is a visit to the...

Qingdao: German architecture

With a couple of friends I took advantage of the long weekend over May 1st recently and embarked on a trip to Chinese city which is slightly less known in Europe: Qingdao. The name probably does not ring a bell, especially the way it is spelt. However, once I tell...

Singapore’s ethnic malls: Golden Mile Complex (Thailand)

Singapore’s ethnic malls: Penninsula Plaza (Myanmar) The Thai community in Singapore isn’t huge, especially when compared to other South-East Asian nations like the Philippines. But their social focal point is definitely worth a visit. Located on Beach Road, the Golden Mile Complex is where you want to be heading. There isn’t...

Singapore’s ethnic malls: Penninsula Plaza (Myanmar)

This post is the first in a series about Singapore’s numerous shopping malls that function as the gathering spot for the many different ethnics here. As of end of 2011, Singapore had a non-resident population of 1.60 million in addition to the 3.34m citizens and 0.53m permanent residents. The majority...