Looking to travel to Singapore? Here are some great tips on where to go after dark and how to go beyond the guidebook in Singapore.
1. What made you decide to spend eight weeks traveling through Singapore?
I chose Singapore primarily for research reasons (as mentioned in my bio) but Singapore applies their ultramodern innovativeness to more than just education, which makes the city safe, easy to get around and filled with mind-blowing architecture. I also loved its ethnic neighbors — Chinatown, Little India, Arab street — you could travel the world in less than an hour via metro-hopping. It is like a more authentic version of Epcot for adults!
2. What was your favorite misadventure traveling through Singapore?
A friend and I visited Haw Par Villa on purpose but it was stranger than we ever imagined. Haw Par Villa was built in the 1937 by the owners of Tiger Balm as a way to teach kids morals through Chinese legends and folklore. Now, it’s partially abandoned and free to visit its 1,000 terrifying, life-size statues. You can see a woman breast-feeding a granny, dress-wearing rats drinking tea and demons yanking out their tongues…
If you ever find yourself in Russia, and someone offers you a glass of Vodka, you don’t turn it down. The same is true in Italy, when being served food, whether you’re hungry or not.
San Pedro Market, Cuzco, Peru. Photo courtesy of Andean Discovery.
Aperitivo: Drinks Paired with Food
The freshly baked focaccia sits in front of me. Next to it, taking center stage, pieces of toasted bread sit underneath well-oiled, succulent tomatoes. Across the way, a tiny, purple pyramid of olives fills a white bowl, and rests in a golden sea.
Just a moment ago I ordered a glass of Prosecco. Upon its arrival came this savory selection of appetizers, posing a real problem for me. It’s six o’clock in the evening and a four-course dinner awaits me later tonight. I have no intentions of spoiling my appetite. On the other hand, turning down food in Italy could give the wrong impression that something is wrong with the meal, injuring the pride of those serving it.
Placing my wine back on the table, I admire…
I had a chance to chat with Viviana Guzman
recently about her music and how she got started with her career as a flutist. Her first answer really astonished me, so a dialogue continued. Below, a more recent photo of her playing in Easter Island
is a far cry from how and where she played music as a child.
Viviana grew up in a body cast so she couldn’t run and play like most kids and as a result, she started music lessons when they flipped her over in the hospital gurney where she lived in Chile. It was here and how she learned how to play piano as a child.
Chilean-born, she has been described by the New York Times as “an imaginative artist,” who now performs over 80 concerts a year throughout the world and has performed in 120 countries. By age 15, she had played as a soloist with orchestra, studied with Jean-Pierre Rampal and was featured on NBC’s nationally televised John Denver music special.
She has since appeared as soloist with orchestras in Wisconsin, Vermont, Houston, Khabarovsk Chamber Orchestra (Russia), Filharmoncia de Santiago…
Over a period of 9 days in Sharjah, in the United Arab Emirates, from February 6th to the 14th, 2014
, the night shines and the city is reinvented. Urban space is offered an escape from its daily routine… it becomes a new land of mystery. Streets are lit up, architecture is altered, parks and gardens appear under a new light. Magic, light and sound move the audience.
For those unfamiliar with Sharjah (الشارقة (ash-shāriqah), it is the third largest and most populous city in the United Arab Emirates, forming part of the Dubai-Sharjah-Ajman metropolitan area. It is located along the northern coast of the Persian Gulf on the Arabian Peninsula and has been ruled by the Al Qasimi dynasty since the 18th century.
The festival is a special time for exploration and adventure; in each corner a new image appears – the colours are multiplied and endless. Eyes sparkle, questions arise… let’s take a look at the highlights of this fabulous festival from last month.
Below is a video to give you a more alive experience of the event.
Sometimes you just need to get out of town, and look at that, we have Wine Country right in our backyard with Napa Valley not that far from San Francisco. Winter and early spring are an ideal time to visit: there are fewer crowds and better room rates, and it’s easier to make reservations. So let’s hit the road.
When exactly was the last time you stayed in downtown Napa? Exactly. Things are a-changin’. Check in to the ~ANDAZ NAPA~, which has an ideal central location, and while it’s a bit on the larger side, the hotel is aiming for boutique style. Go for one of the loft or terrace rooms if the price is right, and ask for a room that faces the back, not First Street (it’ll be quieter). Plan on getting some sleep, because the beds are a pillowy dream. When warm summer temperatures are back, the terrace (complete with fire pits!) will be open for drinks and hanging out.
Book a reservation for dinner at the recently opened ~TORC~ in the former Ubuntu. The handsome, spacious dining room contains 90…
Adana, Turkey. Photo courtesy of Orhan Alturk.
Located in Southern Turkey, Adana is one of the most agriculturally productive areas in the world. As such, history buffs can see remnants of ten ancient civilizations while visitors feast on fresh regional dishes. The city is situated on the beautiful Seyhan River, 30 kilometers (19 miles) inland from the Mediterranean and surrounded by Çukurova’s flat and fertile farmland.
The city’s food combines Mediterranean, Arabic and Anatolian inspiration with local ingredients. Meals often showcase local bulgur, a rough, cracked wheat with a dark color, apparently tanned by Çukurova’s sun. Red pepper, spices and tahini season local greens and peppers. Lamb and other meats are often featured in hot, spicy, fatty and traditional dishes, while thyme from the Taurus Mountains flavors the meat and thickens the milk. Many Turks instantly associate Adana with its kebap, but there’s more to eating in this city than just this famous, meaty, spicy dish.
Adana Kebap, Adana’s signature dish. Photo courtesy of Orhan Alturk.
1. Adana Kebap
Adana kebap is the city’s pride and joy and the quintessential kebap in Turkey. The dish has…
Ruins near Beloren along Lycian Way
I squinted my eyes and peered out onto the bush filled mountain searching for the trail. “Look, do you see it?” he said as he placed his hand on my knee. “The trail is right here.” Pointing across my body.
I still couldn’t really see it but decided to fake it since it would bring these charades to an end and we could just keep on driving up the mountain. He was driving me to the old village of Belören where he had taken Warren and Betsy earlier that morning to begin their climb. Instead I had planned to spend a couple of hours coming down the mountain while leaving my heavy pack behind at his pension. A way to enjoy the views, solitude, and do the part Warren and Betsy skipped. Plus he said that it was one of the most beautiful parts of the Lycian Way.
As we continued to drive up the narrow, deserted, gravel road in a weird delayed reaction my mind fixated on the slightly out-of-place hand on my knee fleeting moment, which occurred earlier. My mind worked it over…
is hosting two upcoming events in San Diego
on March 19 and in Los Angeles
on March 26, events they’re calling Wearable Wednesdays. At the event, you’ll hear from thought leaders and entrepreneurs on the topic of truly wearable technology in the form of smart fabrics, e-textiles, and clothing that connects us to all things internet.
From fabrics that change color with your movement to textile sensors that monitor oxygen levels for firefighters - the potential for intelligent clothing is unlimited. Although researchers believe it will be another 20 years until products like these are made commercially available, that hasn’t slowed down companies like Adidas, Under Armour, Nike, and Reebok from exploring the potential for connected apparel.
Soon enough wearable tech watches will become archaic when the very shirt and pants you are wearing can provide data on everything from muscle exertion and skin temperature to who is tweeting you. They will discuss the current state of smart fabrics, where the industry is moving, and how the leaders in connected clothing are breaking away from the pack.
ABI Research estimates the global market for
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