Sunday reading

Ah, it is another weekend. Finally able to spend it in full at home.

On Friday, I purchased a ‘coffee table’ book at a local bookstore featuring the wonders of the world. The photo journal showcases the ancient and present. Present wonders include architectural and construction feats (eg the 3 gorges dam). It ends with 7 replicas (8R sized) of historical photos, some taken as early as 1943. Wow, retro.

There were a few instances where reference was made to Angel falls being one of the world’s natural wonders that reminded me of the cartoon “Up”, in which “Paradise falls” was the bucket list destination of Carl and Ellie (feature image of the post taken from the animated film).

One focus area of today’s post is planning trips on the phone with “Destinations on Google”, an article featured in the Straits Times.

As the author points out, the use of such apps on a smartphone is probably limited to folks who are looking for well trodden paths. It would be a real challenge to seek out information on something more specific that advanced travellers such as you would demand. Perhaps the app can be used on the go, and for most cities it will probably be useful.

Personally we believe it pays to invest a little more time ahead of the trip to plan for some aspects of the journey. The extreme would be to meticulously plan it down to the individual activity. But that may help too if you have limited time! We have found sites that facilitate reviews by real travellers to be useful. We actively submit reviews ourselves, to help others evaluate and plan for their trips. We are sure trawling through these reviews will be useful to you too!

Was reading my National Geographic magazine today. Their newest line of journeys are now in collaboration with G Adventures, adding to the proliferating offers of the venerable society (NGS started out as a elite club for academics interested in travel).

From magazines to television and also travel, we have been long time subscribers and members of the society. We must now have hundreds of back issues of the magazine in our little library (remember Melvin collects books) and since last year added the History magazine (bi-monthly issue) to the stable.

One of the most interesting  (aside from the many the society sponsors) for us is the ‘out of eden’ project, where Paul Salopek retraces the journey that our human ancestors are said to have walked, on their way out of Africa. Since  2013, he had begun a series of journeys and shared the stories about the people he met while on this epic long journey (online and also in the magazine). How we identify with him!

Out of Eden Walk
Tracing the long journey of our ancestors

Starting from Ethiopia, Paul travelled on foot (and on boat where there was water), through Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Israel and across the western Mediterranean onto Cyprus before landing in Turkey. At this time he is moving to central Asia via the old former soviet republics of Georgia and Azerbaijan. Follow him here.

Very soon, it will be Easter egg hunting season. Long weekend coming up ahead. Some countries have Easter Monday as well! Unfortunately not here in Singapore but sure will make the most of the 3-day lull next week!

Author: Mel & Suan

Mel works his day job for a living, but lives for antiquities, history and geography at all other times. He enjoys writing and thought sharing and obviously traveling. Suan is a homey person, who like girlie stuff such as cross stitching etc. Enjoys shopping & modeling for Mel. What a match!

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