A post-modern statue built on the round-about of one of Jakarta’s busiest roads. The statue depicts a naked man with a sheet of cloth hiding his private parts, carrying a sort of torch. The statue translates to the development by the youth and was built as a commemoration to the youth that built the city and as a symbol of undying will to evolve for the good.
If there is one thing that I have learnt about Thai art is that they have an obsession with anything gold. Golden sculptures golden jewellery, golden stupas and golden hats. There is this sense of majesty and heavenly touch about the art displayed across the Grand Palace in Bangkok. The gleaming ‘Wat Phra Kaew/Temple of the Emerald Buddha’ is a complex that resides at the Grand Palace and where there are literally thousands of tourists roaming its grounds, disturbing the peace…Read More Post a comment (0)
Bargaining is one the life skills that anyone who plans to venture into Asian countries must have. How else can you get a t-shirt for 80% less than its ‘actual’ price. Just follow these tips and hints and you are set for bargain shopping.
1. Don’t dress looking expensive and look as if you know your stuff.
Everyone has their own approach to bargaining, it is a skill of ’two personality’. The way I do it is that I bargain as if…
Patpong market is one of the most famous markets in Bangkok. Mainly due to the fact that it is also known as the red light district of Bangkok. In the day time, it is nothing but an empty street with the casual food stalls. By night time, it is filled with tourists, ladyboys walking around in bikinis, neon lights shining bright and vendors selling the latest counterfeit products.
I found it hard to take pictures of the sexy ladyboys and real…Read More Post a comment (0)
One of the weirdest sights of Bangkok is the electricity poles that weaved like black spider webs across the street. I find it to be rather odd that people could just leave such dangerous hazards hanging like that. But then again, I can’t judge how other people live cause back home in Bali there are some dangerous things that we do too. I googled this and the only things that came out was either travel pictures or accidents in local…Read More Post a comment (0)
One other way of getting around town is through the Bangkok Mass Transit System (BTS) or otherwise known as the Skytrain. It is cheap and fast form of transport around town. They are also a convenient way to transport from mall to mall. We took the train from Silom mall to the Siam Paragon. Much quicker and cheaper than taking the taxi. Especially with the traffic.
On the day we took the taxi, it was a public holiday in Thailand for…Read More Post a comment (0)
If there is one thing that I have learnt about drivers in Bangkok, is that they drive like there is no tomorrow. #YOLO. I have ridden vans, taxis and even this little cute vehicle called a ‘tuk-tuk’, they all drive like a daredevil. This may be normal in other countries but coming from a regulated country like Australia and traffic-filled Indonesia, I find it to be rather awesome yet scary. These things dodges cars at high speed and the green…Read More Post a comment (0)
Catching a taxi in Bangkok is quite cheap and convenient, but you have to be careful not get ripped off. There are times when taxi drivers will ask you for a fixed price. There was one time when I wanted to go from Patpong to Siam Paragon, the taxi driver asked me that he will drive me there for a certain price, which was actually double what it should be. So be careful and understand the Thai baht well!
In Bangkok,…Read More Post a comment (0)
1. Stay at Hotel Santika
If you want a good accomodation that is not over priced and is located in the heart of Mataram. I recommend you to stay at the Hotel Santika. The hotel is rather new, the service is good and the rooms are not bad. They also have a swimming pool, a gym and a restaurant.
2. Eat Ayam Taliwang
The Ayam Taliwang (Chicken Taliwang) is an authentic and popular Lombok dish that is highly popular throughout Indonesia….
What was once one of the most popular shopping district in Denpasar. It is not a run-down city centre However, it is still functioning. Not exactly abandoned. There would be fruits, traditional snacks, staple products and especially garments, sold in the area. I had not visited the area for a very long time until now. We went there to go garment shopping, to find materials to make ceremonial clothes for an upcoming mepandes of my cousin’s.
Its quiet hard to find parking…Read More Post a comment (0)
‘You must go there,’ says the bewitching articles of Bali’s ever persistent travel magazines. I had reached a boiling point of curiosity as to why grey sofas seated under alien-like cages could be so admired. So I packed a heavy wallet, called a driver and with some colleagues from Perth, took off.
It was twelve in the afternoon and grey strokes of clouds hazed the soft blue sky. Forced to stare at the dull sky, we were entertained each time little gaps were filled and our…Read More Post a comment (0)
Going to Japan was a distant thought. Never a dream. I had hopes of going there after watching Memoirs of a Geisha, but not to the point where I wished I could. It wasn’t until one day, two friends and myself decided that we should go to on a trip. Since they were half Singaporean and I haven’t gone there for a very long time, we decided to travel there for 2 weeks and throw all our money on shopping/universal studios/expensive…Read More Post a comment (0)