Chapter 4: Iceland – The land of Fire and Ice

After more than a year of hiatus, I am finally back on wordpress, with a goal of reviving my travel blog once again. That 5 months of exchange in Europe back in 2014 was really a blast for me. In fact it was such as blast that it became a calm after the storm. I did not feel like traveling at all in 2015. For once, I just wanted to enjoy the most satisfying simple pleasures of life home has to offer.

Almost 2 years after a life-changing experience, I am hungry for more excitement in my life once more. As the saying goes, life is a dreary continuum made bearable by those moments of excitement. It is called feeling alive. Continue reading “Chapter 4: Iceland – The land of Fire and Ice”

Chapter 2: Estonian Surprises

During one of the weekends, I traveled to Tallinn, Estonia by ferry. I took Lindaline Express which was about an hour and half journey. The entire journey was a pleasant experience as the Baltic Sea is always calm and the waves are not strong enough to make you seasick. Continue reading “Chapter 2: Estonian Surprises”

Chapter 1: A Student in Helsinki, Finland

I bid goodbye to my loved ones, and henceforth started my journey north towards Finland, a country often associated with northern lights, Santa Claus and extreme cold during winter. I was so elated last semester when I knew I was able to go Aalto University School of Business for my exchange programme , and before I knew it, the time had come for me to fly to Helsinki for my exchange. It was hard to go on separate ways with my loved ones back in Singapore, but I was determined to learn something new during this exchange, and hopefully return a much more matured person with a broader perspective of the world around me. Continue reading “Chapter 1: A Student in Helsinki, Finland”

Scottish Highlands Road Trip 2013 Part 1

After 5 days in London, we took a train at King’s Cross Station towards Edinburgh, the second most populated city in Scotland. It was a roughly 6 hours ride to Edinburgh, and along the way, we managed to stop at towns like York, Durham and Newcastle. I loved train rides, because unlike plane flights, I get to see the scenery on the ground. Continue reading “Scottish Highlands Road Trip 2013 Part 1”

London, United Kingdom

On June 14 2013, I took a flight to London to meet my friends who are currently studying in the UK. My friends and I planned a trip to Scotland during the first summer holidays and I was very excited, because it was my first road trip. Before that, my friend Aaron promised to bring me around his second home, London and his school, Imperial College London. Continue reading “London, United Kingdom”

Hokkaido, Winter 2012 Part II

Next on our itinerary was Asahiyama Zoo, which is one of the most famous zoo in Japan. Unfortunately, we were unable to see many animals as some of them were not available during the winter. Yes I can totally understand. I cannot imagine a tropical animal like orang utan walking around naked in the icy Hokkaido winter. Even for me, who is used to the bitter cold from Switzerland to South Korea, Hokkaido’s winter is totally in its own league. Continue reading “Hokkaido, Winter 2012 Part II”

Hokkaido, Winter 2012 Part I

After a semester of studies in my first year of college, holidays finally arrived, and I was able to spend my well-deserved break in Hokkaido, a winter wonderland. In the eyes of a Singaporean, Hokkaido is like a heavenly place full of mysteries and wonder. Firstly, we dont see snow in Singapore. Secondly, there is no nature surrounding us like what Hokkaido offers. Continue reading “Hokkaido, Winter 2012 Part I”

My Trip to South Korea II

We went to Myeongdong again the next day, but this time to watch a renowned performance in Seoul called Nanta, which is basically a musical performance performed by a few ‘chefs’ who will create music through hitting of the pots and pans in their kitchen. The performance is also peppered with jokes and other cultural knowledge of Korea, as well as the tradtional Korean food. It is educational, yet interesting and interactive, and I am sure the kids will enjoy it. I was not super impressed with the performance though, since I have seen much better shows fom Broadway and other theatrical performances at the Esplanade, but I guess it is still a good eye-opener for a tourist who wishes to learn more about the korean culture in an interesting way. Continue reading “My Trip to South Korea II”

My trip to South Korea I

2 weeks after my trip to Europe, I packed my luggage again, this time to a place much nearer to home. Nevertheless, it is a well-known fact that this city is frigging cold during winter, as temperatures can drop below -10c at night, or even much lower during cold snaps. This city, Seoul, won the Best Design City 2011, and as an architecture freak myself, I was really very curious and excited to see what this city has in store for me. I can tell you, I wasn’t disappointed. Apart from the uneasiness settling inside me because of the recent death of  Kim Jong Il which resulted in heated spats and threats between both countries, North and South Korea, I was ready to explore this city with a few of my friends. This is considered my first time ‘backpacking’ to another country by planning everything myself, including flights and hotel bookings, as well as the travel itinerary. I cant help but say how proud I was when I managed to settle all this crazy administrative stuff. Now, follow me as I bring you through a journey to the Land Of Kimchi! Continue reading “My trip to South Korea I”

Europe in Winter IV

I was not really looking forward to the trip from Lucerne to Paris, because the bus journey would take almost 10 hours. My jaws dropped when I heard from our tour guide that we would be travelling for an entire day just to get to Paris. To PARIS?! So torturous! Anyhow, I managed to survive this arduous journey, because we managed to catch a movie Thor on the bus, and there were numerous bus stops for us to get down and relieve ourselves, and of course to familiarise ourselves with an entirely new place. Suddenly, everyone around us spoke French, the people looked different, and even the food they served were rather different. Guess what was my first meal in France? Yep you got it. French fries. -.- Continue reading “Europe in Winter IV”