We’ve all heard of SilkAir. Most of us know that they’re under Singapore Airlines. And that they fly to the more exotic destinations in the region like Lombok and Danang. But you may not have heard that they once went by another name. Or that they ordered 68 brand new Boeing Aircraft to boost their fleet two years ago. They have also just launched a new game called All-in Escape starting on the 22nd of September, where you can win prizes daily from complimentary flights to business tickets to their new destinations Hangzhou and Kalibo. You’ll be surprised at what you’ll...
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Traveling To China   Having lived in China for six months, I've had the opportunity to travel around the second-largest country in the world during my time there. Even though I would like to think I’ve seen most of this beautiful country, I’ve only touched the tip of the iceberg.  China may be known for their Terracotta Army in Xi'an and the Great Wall of China in Beijing, but there is so much more beauty in this country to explore. Here are some travel ideas to help you get started in planning your next adventure.   1. Trek along the valleys...
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About Mount Huashan   When Jing and I heard we were going to Xi’an, there was only one thing on our minds. It was to get to Mount Hua and cross the world’s most dangerous trail on a mountain. Alright, make that two things - Jing also had her mind set on visiting the UNESCO Terra Cotta Warriors. We were exhilarated, extremely eager to tick two things off our travel bucket list.  Mount Hua, located 120km (75 miles) from Xi’an City, is one of the five tallest mountains in China, standing at 2155m above sea level. The Sparrow Hawk Cliff in...
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Xi'an - The birthplace of 5000 years of Chinese history   If you’re like me, always lost on cultural references and history trivia, this will be the not-so-comprehensive-but-good-enough guide for you. Let this be your part of your arsenal whenever someone in your group thinks it’s fun to talk about China and her past emperors. Who has the time to remember all 26 dynasties and the even crazier amounts of monarchs who ruled during that period?  Embark with me as I traverse 5000 years in a day and regale you with Emperor Qin’s fixation with the Terracotta Warriors, Emperor Tang’s love...
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My first backpacking trip around Southeast Asia   Last winter, I bought a one way ticket and spent 6 weeks travelling overland through Vietnam, Laos, Thailand and Cambodia. In this article, I will share with you the things I discovered and wish I knew before embarking on my backpacking journey.  Southeast Asia is a well-worn backpackers' circuit that many travellers flock to each year - a finite place with infinite surprises everywhere. Backpacking means ignoring the lofty abstracts of reality back home and dealing only with tangible problems. How much should I spend on lunch? When will I leave this city? What is this person...
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About Xi'An, China   Having only been to populous cities in China like Shanghai, Beijing, Tianjin and Xiamen, I've always wondered what it was like to travel to other parts of China. Chinese history lessons in school had sparked my curiosity to explore and experience the rich culture and long history of China first hand.  I guess my reservations against visiting other cities in China originate from the tiered system the Chinese government imposed - the Chinese government classifies cities according to population sizes, development of infrastructure and services, historical and cultural significance and the cosmopolitan environment of the city. Despite having...
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About Busan   Earlier this month, I travelled to Busan, a thriving city on the southern tip of the Korean Peninsula. Its favourable geographical location is why it's the 5th busiest port in the world (by cargo tonnage). Busan was once known as Busanpo with 'Bu' meaning cauldron, 'San' mountain, and 'Po' harbour. Since the 15th century, it’s name has being shortened to simply Busan. The culture here is more laid back compared to Seoul, but it's still the second largest city in Korea. It's interesting to note that people from Seoul and Busan consider themselves very different and even speak the language in a...
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5 Reasons To Use Flight Centre   I’m meticulous when it comes to planning my travels. I enjoy checking out the best deals and attractions for days before actually embarking on the trip itself. This means I have to spend a lot of time visiting numerous websites and read multiple reviews before getting the information I need. And when I do use travel agents, most have only been able to help with one aspect of my trip, or price full packages exorbitantly. Here’s where Flight Centre comes in. They aim to make travelling an easy and fuss-free experience by being a...
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The Lesser Seen Parts of Taipei   Cheap delicious food, beautiful scenery and friendly locals. Taiwan is a gorgeous land of food and shopping.  From it’s world famous night markets, such as Shi Lin, Xi Men Ding and Rao He, to the beautiful hot springs in Yang Ming Shan and Xin Bei Tou, Taiwan is one of the most attractive places to visit in Asia. But that is not all Taiwan has to offer. During our recent trip back to Taiwan, we decided to go in search for the lesser visited gems within Taipei, digging deep into the roots of Taiwanese culture. Here...
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Beyond Taipei's Shopping and Food   Whenever Taipei is mentioned, many immediately think of the iconic Taipei 101, bustling night markets and mouth-watering small bites. While I am a fan of city life in Taipei, the geography of Taiwan has endowed her with more than just high rise buildings. Located among the complex tectonics of Yangtze Plate, Okinawa Plate and Philippine Mobile Belt Plate, Taiwan is an ideal location for mountain trekking or taking day trips away from the labyrinth of skyscrapers.  Having spent my last summer backpacking Taiwan, I have come up with a list of places you can go...
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