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Touring in Siem Reap?
12 September, 2013, 2:07 pm
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Just this year I had an amazing time in Siem Reap, Cambodia. I met my Tuk Tuk driver and he brought us to the touristy places and even to the outskirts of Siem Reap. Here are some of the pictures from my trip:

Paddy Fields on the outskirts of Siem Reap

A beach where locals relax

Of course, an obligatory shot of Angkor Wat

Davin and my travel buddy, allowing us to try his Tuk Tuk!

My travel buddy and I with Davin and a fellow backpacker we met at a top of a temple

Other than the amazing places that he’s brought us, he’s really funny and nice too! I highly recommend him. Do consider him to be your Siem Reap guide. My trip has been made much more fun because of him.

Suon Davin
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Places of Interest in Istanbul
6 March, 2013, 9:19 pm
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After living in Istanbul for 3.5 months and being back in Singapore, I was certainly delighted to find a newly set up stall that sells kebaps and kofte in the Kopitiam just opposite my school. 🙂


It was the exact same feeling I had when I found chinese food in Istanbul after not eating it for two months. I haven’t had authentic turkish food for two months now and was certainly glad to find that this is legit!

Anyway, I had this list of places of interest typed out to a friend some time back and I thought I should share it before it goes missing somewhere in the net. I hope it is useful for anyone who’s planning to go to Istanbul for a vacation. Pardon my sketchy write-up and it was written in the Singaporean context.

european side: (i shall go by ferry landmarks)
• besiktas
– ortakoy: famous for kumpir (humongous baked potato), flea market (half an hour walk to besiktas)
– Rumelihisarı: a great wall of china looking fortress (take bus from besiktas/kabatas. the bus will indicate sariyer. depending on traffic half an hour to 1hour plus bus ride) it’s near the bridge after bosphorous bridge
• kabatas
– dolmabache palace (40TL for adult, 5TL for student with international card)
– metro to taksim. taksim is the orchard road of european side (must go)
• karakoy
– nice fish barbeque sandwiches sold on the streets
• eminonu
– same fish sandwiches
– galata tower (12TL)
– spice bazaar
• legoland of istanbul:
• can take the tram from kabatas/karakoy/eminonu to sultanahmet station
– sultanahmet station has the famous blue mosque, hagia sofia, topkapi palace, basilica cistern
• tram station after sultanahmet
– the grand bazaar (where skyfall was filmed)

asian side:
• kadikoy: less touristy place. where i stay. i know all the awesome and cheap food.
• baghdad avenue: all the branded stuff. generally shopping in istanbul is not cheap.  (take dolmus that indicates kadikoy-bostanci)
– dolmus is like a shuttle/taxi/carpool hybrid that travels between two points and will move off only if it’s full capacity (about 10pax) price is fixed and indicated on a paper beside the driver

remember to check opening hours of attractions, they don’t really have the usual mon-fri.

Tsunami on 22nd July 2009?
22 July, 2009, 12:29 am
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Turns out to be a rumour, according to Earth Observatory of Singapore.

The Earth Observatory of Singapore (EOS) has received several inquiries from the media and the general public about a rumour circulating in emails and blogs recently that a major tsunami triggered by a solar eclipse on July 22nd 2009 will devastate the southeast Asian region. 

EOS affirms that, to date, scientists have not found any significant correlation between solar eclipses and earthquakes. Since 1900, for example, of 82 earthquakes greater than magnitude 8 worldwide, only two occurred close to the time of a solar eclipse.  However, these were not only partial eclipses but also far from the locations of the earthquakes

At present, no scientific methods or technologies exist that can pinpoint precisely the timing, location or magnitude of earthquakes. Longer-term forecasts, however, have been made on the basis of scientific information. For example, scientists from the Earth Observatory of Singapore and their Indonesian colleagues have forecast that another large earthquake off the west coast of Sumatra is likely within the next few decades. More details on this study can be found here:

Singapore is well protected from the threat of an earthquake-generated tsunami because it is not directly exposed to open ocean but surrounded by a number of land masses. A study completed in December 2008, by the Nanyang Technological University and the National University of Singapore, showed that a tsunami generated by rupture of a very large earthquake fault beneath the South China Sea would take about 10 hours to reach Singapore by which time most of the wave energy would have dissipated, resulting in only a moderate rise in sea level (less than a metre).

The EOS reiterates that there is no scientific evidence to support the rumour that an earthquake-tsunami in the southeast Asian region linked to the solar eclipse on 22 July 2009 will occur.


Reference: Rumour about an Earthquake-Tsunami on 22 July 2009 Unfounded

I want to ride my bicycle!
24 May, 2009, 1:03 am
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Thanks to Job for putting this tune bug into my ear last night. But it was quite appropriate because I was going to cycle at Pulau Ubin the next morning.

SO, before you think of night cycling, try out cycling at Pulau Ubin first. (I wanted to do night cycling so badly, but after today, I doubt I have the staminar.) The slopes are not as steep as the roads outside but it is still THE killer and after everything, you get butt pains.

The view I had while cycling:

(I don’t expect you to watch the whole thing, but last few seconds, 9:16 onwards, you can catch my dad doing a stunt – cycling without both hands!)

Anyway, the clouds were exceptionally pretty today. Some clouds were even lower than the rest. Feels like you are in the mountains.

View of the clouds:

Oh, and things to beware of while cycling in Pulau Ubin. The beaten tracks are quite bumpy. There was a young boy who was not that experienced, slammed the break and flew off the bike. He dislocated his arm after that. Good thing the ambulance came but I THINK, he still had to take a boat back to Singapore. Also, the routes do not have barrier. If you cycle out of it, which I almost did because I was too caught up in preventing the video camera from falling off, you either cycle into the trees, or roll down a slope. (Mine was roll down a slope. Thank God I quickly redirected my bicyle to the centre of the track before I went of track. PHEW!) Lastly, beware of little commandos who yell at slow cyclist and use their towels to whip you unreasonably. I got a video of one: