The MRT series – Joo Koon (EW29)

From hereon, the industrial ‘heartland’ begins. Of course that sounds more dramatic than it truly is, but it is really this station that starts to mainly serve industries located in this western part of our little island.

We cannot lie that there are exciting stuff to do here… but there is a large Hypermarket. Does that prick your interest?

This is also the place to get to the Singapore Discovery center and Army museum (link). It is not an attraction in the normal sense. More like a place for Singaporeans to know the Singapore story in a national education setting. With some fun, games and media of course thrown in. For red dotters it is free, so why not?

←Pioneer (EW28)

→Gul Circle (EW30)

Part of the MRT series here.

Into Africa

Actually we were thinking about the Toto song… heheh. But then today’s post is really about this giant continent. If one reads our travel handprints page, one might notice that of all the continents (save Antarctica), we’ve hardly touched this one. So it is now with resolve (not a new year’s resolution) that we seek to journey into the continent.

And honestly this is a really diverse continent. From the deserts of the north (Sahara) to the savannah, from lush settings of primary forests to harsh mountain ranges, it has them all. Plus the cultures. Soooo distinct that it defies imagination.

We have friends in South Africa. And for years they had asked for us to visit, to see their beautiful country. Unfortunately one of them passed on a few years back and we regret not having met up with him. Though we might not look like it (heheh), you know you are getting a little on age when you have friends who moved on.

Anyway.

When one talks about Africa, safaris spring to mind. And having read Megan (ESL ventures) and Senja (beatravelling), we got inspired to commence a plan to find our way to Africa. Notice we said ‘find our way’… not ‘a way’…. Because we have concluded some very specific things we want to do and places we want to touch. So what will it be?

With limited time (what’s new), we can only plan a two week journey on each occasion. And we are hoping to exclude flying in and out from the equation. Where do we designate to start? Why the place where we were to meet our friends! That will be good ole Jo’burg… Will we commence it with a tour and then run on our own? Hmm, those are the options.

With so much ideas coming from the ladies who already did the work for us, we can afford to pick and choose. Africa. Bring it on!

Touching the tip of Borneo

Did you know that after Australia and Greenland, Borneo is the third largest island in the world. Today it is part of three countries, mostly Indonesia and Malaysia with a sliver of Brunei tucked in between. Alright that’s not a very good geogrpahical description we know, but it’s a summary.

Eventhough it is so near to the little red dot, you might be surprised that it is hardly a travel destination considered by red dotters. But that might also have something to do with promotion. For we hardly see any shape, sign or form of advertising highlighting the allure of a visit to Borneo.

Well this can thus be said to be a fortunate thing for Mel, for he made one journey to the north of Borneo way back. Way way back.

Joining a new company is always exciting. The energy spewing out of excitement in learning new things in a new job role, interacting and getting to know new colleagues from around the region (and world) – is high. As a young man, this was the start of something he would never had imagined. That it would eventually take him places. Far far away from home, for long time.

Where in Borneo was he? Find out here! For not only did he spent time getting to know his colleagues (and boss at that time), he also got to know a lot about nature too. You can say he got bitten by both the travel bug and the nature bug at the same time.

Have you been to Borneo? Will this post inspire you to look it up eventhough it is not advertised?

The MRT series – Pioneer (EW28)

Heheh… what a name. Probably because it was such a new place to build a station they could only come up with this name. And most folks can be forgiven if they think there is nothing of note here.

But that is not true. Because barely 200m away from the station one will find one of the markers of the defunct Nanyang University (南洋大学). That was the only Chinese university established in 1955 outside of mainland China and Taiwan. If one is interested in more about this heritage institution, one can visit the Chinese heritage center (link) in present day NTU.

←Boon Lay (EW27)

→Joo Koon (EW29)

Part of the MRT series here.

Travel Blog topics

When you first started out blogging, what grandiose plans did you have? Or was it all spontaneous creativity that you believed you had that prompted you to make the leap into blogosphere? Did you have a plan at all?

A number of weeks back, we touched on the subject of writer’s block (here). Somewhere in that post, it was postulated there were a few reasons for the blockage and some ways to overcome them. We also shared how we seem to have an endless supply of posts which is published every 2 days (more often too if we wanted). And it does not include photos only posts… that’s for our instagram account. Even though we are actually very actively working folks. Very. We emphasize that.

So today we are continuing that conversation with the thought of having pre-prepared topics. Sort of like meals ready to eat. Simply heat. Wow, did you see that slogan coming? Would you consider any of the ideas Sabina wrote about here?

Of course one needs to be more creative than simply copying these topics. Remember we also said previously that the things you love to do the most can be an endless source of inspiration and creativity? Well, the trick is to make it so. Tweak these topics to suit your own interest and come up with your own list. Expand them as you go along. Be observant and write your thoughts down. Some of them can be topics too!

Before long, we are sure you will not only have your own reservoir of topics and ideas, but also some to share with others!

Snorkel paradise in Malaysia

We have to start by saying – to get to paradise, it takes hard work. Because while some lucky folks might live in one, most others yearn to get to one. Yeah, the fabled 1%. Not too far away from the little red dot, one can really come to one such paradise. Not that we ourselves aren’t one of them tropical island paradises… just a lot more expensive.

An hour plus or so as the crow plane flies north, one will come up to a tiny cluster of islands on the eastern coast of peninsula Malaysia.

In the way past, it used to be an arduous journey on bus and then across the water to get there. A number of years ago, it was possible to fly like a bird to it. Then it changed again to the original arduous approach. This flip flop is regrettable in our opinion, for our adventures there were both fun filled and sunfilled (if there is such a word).

Anyhow.

Our larger neighbour to the north isn’t just a place for cheaper shopping or food. It is so much more than that. For the country is blessed with not just natural resources but also natural beauty. And it is the latter that we sought out when making this journey. Think this was the last time we actually snorkeled and interacted with the fishes. Perhaps it is time to check the goggles are still in one piece.

Do you enjoy getting into the water?