Blakang Padang

The Island: My best friend Fahez gave me an opportunity to experience village life in Blakang Padang (Field Behind), also known as Pulau Penawar Rindu (Island of Remedy for Longing Hearts), a small island 15 minutes away from Batam by boat. This little island of Indonesia houses not more than 20,000┬ápeople, sits no malls, supermarkets,…

First Sunrise From The Train

Oh it was such a lovely journey, breakfast were served twice, at 9am and 40 minutes later. There were no annoying passengers on board, or wailing babies or running kids, etc. To top it all off, we caught the sunrise! It was lovely, really lovely. Whatever misadventures we had in the morning just evaporated together…

First Train Experience in India

The train from Delhi to Agra departs at around five in the morning. My friend Irfa and I woke Shailja’s sister up and bade farewell. Shailja was out till late last night and her sister said it was okay to not wake her up. We jumped into the taxi Shailja booked for us earlier. Sleepy…

First Couchsurfing Experience!

Couchsurfing is the best way to meet travellers. Prior to this trip, I’ve been meeting Couchsurfers, bringing them around Singapore or just meeting them for drinks. Unfortunately, I can’t host them as I’m still living with my parents (a norm for Singaporeans, read about our housing system!) so I can’t have travellers crashing my place.…

Gurgaon Haryana India

Gurgaon Road at Night

Gosh. I just realised that I visited an extra state! I thought Gurgaon is in Delhi but nooo! Gurgaon is in Haryana, south-west of New Delhi! No wonder the train ride to Chandni Chowk took a while, it all makes sense now! Gurgaon is a developed place with multinational corporations setting up offices in the…

Indian War Memorial Museum

There are museums in the Red Fort and the displays are impressive. I learnt a lot about India in times of war, see uniforms and the weapons they used, etc. Here’s a sneak peak! However, the place is so stuffy and therefore warm, despite the winter weather! It was suffocating. You need to bring a…

Red Fort

Suggested by a Spaniard whom we had lunch with, we made our way to Red Fort. Information about the place is available on the net, so I’m not going to ramble about the facts and figures. Let’s not waste time; so are you ready to see Red Fort through my eyes? Here we go! Pretty…

Chandni Chowk

As mentioned in previous posts, this India trip is planned to be plan-less. Well, at least 90% of the trip. All we wanted to do was to visit Chandni Chowk, thanks to tearjerker Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham. The place reminded me of Bangkok’s Chatuchak. Despite it being a huge market bustling with influx of people,…

No Queues in India

No queues in India. Even in a fast food restaurant. I was expecting that on the streets, train stations and all, but never in a restaurant. Yup. Here you go. Lucky for me, I’m a fast learner. Here are some tips: Elbow your way through the crowd. Capture their attention by raising your voice, then…