Hashtag Batam

By Morgan Awyong| For Epoch Times  And so a certain famous contracter used to proclaim, “and some say Batam!” This line is a reflection of the kinship Singapore has with our Indonesian neighbouring island. For example, did you know that a good majority of our pigs are imported from Batam? Or that they are an…

What I Was Afraid Of When I Was In Iran

By Morgan Awyong| For Epoch Times  I admit. Iran was supposed to be a trophy destination. I wanted to be that admired intrepid traveler that could pepper my Instagram with hashtags like #liveauthentic, #yolo and #survivor. People whispered: Desert villages, religious fundamentalists, oppressed citizens, broken buildings, terrorist groups and hardworking camels. It’s a war-torn country,…

Discover the Heart of Provence – Luberon’s Magnificent Hilltop Villages

Lavender field in Provence, Southern France. (Fotolia) Let’s travel to three idyllic ‘perched’ hilltop villages of the Luberon – Bonnieux, Gordes and Roussillon. Soak up the French spirit of joie de vivre at these medieval stone towns, each having has something to offer, and worth discovering. Lavender field in Provence, Southern France. (Fotolia) Nothing harkens summer…

Kambly: Switzerland’s Best Biscuits – Made With Love

Situated amongst the sunny meadows and lush valleys of the Emmental region, Trubschachen is where Kambly’s culinary story began. (Courtesy of Kambly) Think Switzerland is only famous for its chocolates? Think again. Every day, many visitors flock to the idyllic village of Trubschachen to discover the Swiss art of fine biscuit making at Kambly—Switzerland’s legendary…

Fairytale Interlaken

By Li Yen, Ang Xue Er Nestled at the foot of the snow-clad Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau mountains and flanked by two scenic lakes, Interlaken is a popular Swiss resort town. It is also the rail junction for excursions to the mountainous Jungfrau Region, and an adventure mecca for adrenaline-loaded sports. This postcard-perfect Swiss town derives…

A New Haven for Nature Lovers – Coney Island

Coney Island? Is it in New York? No, it isn’t. Located off the north-eastern coast of Singapore near Pulau Ubin, the island was renamed as Coney Island in the 1950s by Indian businessman, Ghulam Mahmood. He was inspired to turn the island to an amusement park or resort similar to Coney Island amusement park in…

Holiday with Your Kids in Phuket

By Li Yen | Epoch Times Staff This December school holidays, why not head to Thailand’s largest island—Phuket? Also known as the Pearl of the Andaman, this forested and mountainous island in the Andaman Sea is home to some of Thailand’s most stunning beaches. As one of Thailand’s most popular destinations, the tropical island of…

What to see at National Gallery Singapore

By Li Yen Epoch Times Staff Singapore’s famous national monuments – the former Supreme Court and City Hall buildings – are combined and reopened as the National Gallery Singapore on November 24, 2015. The two historical buildings, connected by a handsome aluminium and glass canopy, took ten years and cost S$532 million to restore. Situated…

Mariner Of The Seas to Host Asia’s First Cosplay Festival at Sea Next January

SINGAPORE, 28 September 2015—A world of fantasy, creativity and entertainment is coming onboard Royal Caribbean International’s Mariner of the Seas next January, when it plays host to Asia’s first cosplay festival at sea. Organised by the Singapore Cosplay Club to celebrate its 15th birthday, “COSFEST SEA: The Rising Tide” is a special 3-night weekend cruise…

The Magical Legends of Slovenia: A Visit to Ljubljana and Lake Bled

By Li Yen, Epoch Times | November 6, 2015 Situated in Central Europe, Slovenia is surrounded by Italy to the west, Austria to the north, Hungary to the northeast, and Croatia in the east and south. Shaped like a chicken, Slovenia’s quiet and pristine beauty with its alpine peaks, hills and valleys is like that…

The Intan—A Little Haven of Peranakan Culture

Treasures of Singapore By Li Yen, Epoch Times and Cindy Liew, Epoch Times | November 14, 2015 ——————————————————————- Peranakan culture is a distinctive part of Singapore’s heritage. The term Peranakan generally refers to Straits Chinese. As early as the 15th century, Chinese traders sailed all the way from China to Malaya. They settled down here…