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Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew people
Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew
September 16, 1923 - March 23, 2015
(Mar 23, 2015) What I find uncanny about the Philippines and Singapore is that at one point in time, not very long ago, they were on the same level - social unrest, decaying infrastructure, widespread corruption, high unemployment and sluggish economic growth. The great disparity between these 2 countries only underscore what a strong, dedicated and HONEST leadership can do to move a country forward. In the 30 days I stayed in Singapore, I witnessed and experienced first hand the prosperity and success of Singapore. I cannot help but speculate that with able leadership, the Philippines could have been this. Lee Kuan Yew proved that it is humanly possible to achieve this in one generation....more »»

Power Yoga Class at Yoga Inc., Singapore yoga
Power Yoga Class at Yoga Inc., Singapore
(Mar 21, 2015) I had a chance to conduct a yoga class in Singapore. The yoga studio owner said, 'At this point you already know they like it hard even for our regular class. So if we have to call your class POWER YOGA, you have to kill them. The expectation is high'. That statement changed everything....more »»

The Singapore Magic traveling
The Singapore Magic
(Mar 16, 2015) Singapore has accomplished so much in so little time. From decaying infrastructure, social unrest, housing crisis and sluggish economy after the war, it now ranks #3 in global GDP/capita next only to Qatar and Luxemburg. We're only talking 60 years. America took 200 years. Europe took a millennium. What's the magic?....more »»

Singapore Yoga at Yoga Inc. yoga
Singapore Yoga at Yoga Inc.
(Mar 8, 2015) After 6 months of traveling Southeast Asia, I finally found a yoga oasis in Singapore I could call home. With my almost daily practice, I feel my fitness and strength coming back. At Yoga Inc., the teachers are competent, the facilities are first rate and the teaching styles are refreshingly different from the ones I've become used to.....more »»

Singapore on a Shoe String traveling
Singapore on a Shoe String
(Feb 20, 2015) Having explored Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and Malaysia on my way south, the only country remaining is Singapore - reputed to be the most expensive city in Southeast Asia and the 4th in the world (Forbes). Backpacker forums summarize Singapore this way: Don't even think about it! This sent chills up my spine, specially with my dwindling cash with nothing on the horizon. I had to think many times. Do I cave in and go back to Thailand for $1 meals and $5 dorm beds?...more »»

The Kuala Lumpur Experience traveling
The Kuala Lumpur Experience
(Jan 21 - Feb 20, 2015) Even though my near-perfect 30-day stay in Kuala Lumpur was marred by a failed police-extortion attempt, everything else was wonderful. I was impressed by their urban infrastructure, I was amazed by their multi-culturalism, I was at ease with their command of English, and overall, I really felt the hard work the tourism people put into their jobs....more »»

Police Harassment in Kuala Lumpur traveling
Police Harassment in Kuala Lumpur
(Feb 17, 2015) I was walking along the dark section of Lorong Bandar 22 near Jalan Sultan in Chinatown at around 8:30pm when 5 men surrounded me and told me they were the police and demanded that I give them my passport....more »»

Visiting Batu Caves of Kuala Lumpur caving
Visiting Batu Caves of Kuala Lumpur
(Feb 18, 2015) Batu Caves is a majestic limestone outcropping just north of Kuala Lumpur and the pilgrimage site by the Hindus who celebrate the annual festival of Thaipusam. The caves have a cathedral-like expanse with monuments of Hindu deities big enough to match it....more »»

Walking Tour of China Town, Kuala Lumpur traveling
Walking Tour of China Town, Kuala Lumpur
(Feb 5, 2015) Kuala Lumpur's China Town is one of the city's bustling districts with frenzied activities all day long - good cheap eats, China wares shopping, hotels, backpacker lodges, tourists, etc. Staying in this area for 16 days gave me a unique glimpse of this vibrant place....more »»

Breaking New Ground in Kuala Lumpur traveling
Breaking New Ground in Kuala Lumpur
(Jan 21, 2015) Having spent nearly 4 months in Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam, it was time to move on to new ground. Petronas Tower? Malaysia here I come! With a dwindling resource in an expensive metropolis, I was both excited and apprehensive.....more »»

Visiting Hoi An Ancient Town traveling
Visiting Hoi An Ancient Town
(Jan 18-21, 2015) Hoi An Ancient Town used to be a thriving international port from the 15th - 19th century and gained status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for being a perfect example of a well-preserved trading port. The Huffington Post listed it as, 'Top 50 Cities to See in your Lifetime'....more »»

Exploring the Imperial City of Hue, Vietnam traveling
Exploring the Imperial City of Hue, Vietnam
(Jan 16-17, 2015) Hue has long been the citadel of Vietnam's Nguyen Dynasty that ruled the country for 150 years. This is the city of the kings. With its imperial tombs, pagodas and palaces, its has earned its mark as a UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE site.....more »»

Backpacking Da Nang, Vietnam traveling
Backpacking Da Nang, Vietnam
(Jan 12-16, 2015) Da Nang is voted one of the top 15 world destinations by New York Times. With Da Nang, you also get to visit its neighbors Hue and Hoi An, both compelling places to see and experience. With cheap flights from Hanoi, it was better to fly than to spend a day in a sleeping bus. We allotted 9 days for the 3 destinations - Da Nang, Hue and Hoi An....more »»

Braving the Hard Knocks of Hai Phong traveling
Braving the Hard Knocks of Hai Phong
(Jan 9-11, 2015) Hai Phong is not exactly a tourist destination even though they have a fabulous beach. You would hardly see the place on any guide book for backpacking destinations. To the locals in all of Vietnam, Hai Phong conjures imagery of being a two-fisted place. Yes, this is where the tough guys are. North Vietnamese are known to be tough people, but even in the north, Hai Phong commands a higher level of respect. That's my next destination.....more »»

Boat Cruising on Halong Bay traveling
Boat Cruising on Halong Bay
(Jan 8-9, 2015) The pictures of Halong Bay are stamped on every Vietnam tourism campaign - the Chinese Junk cruising on the bay, the eccentric shapes of the monolithic limestone outcroppings topped by dense jungle brush, the massive caves within the islets, etc. Time to pack up again and experience the beauty of this UNESCO World Heritage Site....more »»

Exploring the Northern Capital of Vietnam - Hanoi traveling
Exploring the Northern Capital of Vietnam - Hanoi
(Jan 4-7, 2015) It is said that the people of the north are loud, aggressive and headstrong. If a revolution will happen in Vietnam, it will start from the north. I was equally fascinated at Hanoi's street food culture and its people. I've already toured the west of Vietnam, the south and now, I'll be experiencing the taste of the north....more »»

2014 Year in Review lucid
2014 Year in Review
(Dec 31, 2014) looking back at 2014....more »»

Singapore Hotels


Argo Cafe Singapore

Argo Café
Pasta | Meat | Fish

Singapore Hotels

ADONIS Hotel Singapore

Boutique Hotel

Parc Sovereign Hotel

Parc Sovereign Hotel
Bugis, Singapore

Coziee Lodge Backpackers Hostel, Singapore

Coziee Lodge
Backpackers Hostel

The Duxton Hotel, Singapore

Boutique Hotel
Central Business District

Ideal Backpackers Kallang, Singapore

Backpackers Welcome!
Kallang Area, Singapore

Singapore Cafes

Assembly Coffee, Singapore

Assembly Coffee

Brawn & Brains, Singapore

Brawn & Brains

Stuttgart Blackforest S-Cafe, Singapore

Stuttgart Blackforest S-Cafe

Yellow Cup Coffee, Singapore

Yellow Cup Coffee

Singapore Yoga Studios

Yoga Inc., Singapore

Yoga Inc.
Singapore Yoga

yoga Singapore

Ziva Yoga, Singapore

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