Eindhoven Liberation Day: Part 1

On 18 September, Eindhoven celebrated the liberation day. It was a day in 1944 when the Allies troops – primarily the British Army and the US Airborne Divison – captured the bridges around Eindhoven and secured the city in Operation Market Garden. It was one of the largest air and land operations seen in during World…

Mid-Autumn Festival & Moon Gazing

It’s a time of the year when the Mid-Autumn Festival comes along. It is a time when family come together to have an evening feast and gaze at the moon.  Admittedly, this year I had almost forgotten about it until a reminder from Hayley a day before!  This year we didn’t have any great feast or mooncakes….

Prinsjesdag, Royal Cavalry & Den Haag

19th September 2017 was the Prinsjesdag of the Netherlands, which was translated as the Prince’s Day. It was an annual event full of pomp, fanfare and a day when the Dutch king opened the parliament in Den Haag (The Hague). Our day in Den Haag The weekend before the actual event took place the Dutch Royal Cavalry,…

A Day In Delft On the Open Monumentendag

Last weekend was the European Open Monument Day, where many of the historical sites and museums across many European countries are open to the public for free or at the reduced cost. In fact, some of these places only opened to the public on this special occasion. That weekend, Hayley and I headed out to Delft,…

Finding Hidden Gems in Little India, Singapore

A couple of weeks ago, Hayley and I happened to have an overnight lay over in Singapore on the way back from our holiday from Timor-Leste. Singapore is a country which we had visited quite a few times in the last few years, so we did wonder what else we could do. We decided to stay…

Celebrating Mid-Autumn Festival On South Lantau Trail – Part 2

Last year Hayley and I celebrated the Mid-Autumn Festival with some of our friends by climbing up one of a rivers in New Territories. This year to make it romantic, we decided to hit the trail at the South Lantau Island, which is one of the most remote areas of Hong Kong. We literately saw…

Celebrating Mid-Autumn Festival On South Lantau Trail – Part 1

Last year Hayley and I celebrated the Mid-Autumn Festival with some of our friends by climbing up one of a river in New Territories. This year the bank holiday landed on a Friday, therefore we had a long weekend to celebrate. To make it romantic, we decided to hit the trail, got the tent out…

Afternoon Fika at FINDS

Earlier this month, Hayley treated me to an afternoon fika in a Scandinavian cafe called FINDS in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong. I was told  the name stands for Finland, Iceland, Norway, Denmark and Sweden.  Fika is a Swedish word that means going for a coffee in a social setting. These days, you can have…

Lunar New Year Night Hike & Blogger Meets Blogger

Traditionally Hong Kong has firework display on the second day of Lunar New Year. As one can imagine, this is a very popular event amongst the locals and tourists alike, and often the habour front gets really packed.

‘Twas the Night before Chinese New Year

Hayley and I had an entertaining evening to rework a famous festive poem ” ‘Twas the night before Christmas” into ” ‘Twas the night before Chinese New Year”. Enjoy and happy new year! P.S. As a challenge, I would like to see you to rework this poem and adapt it into your own Chinese New…

Christmas holiday with the horses

Hayley and I went home over the Christmas to spend time with the family. It was nice to catch up with people and join in the festivity. Before we headed off, we stocked with with winter long johns from an Uniqlo shop, thinking that it would be very cold. Surprisingly, it was one of the…

Merry Diwali and Happy Christmas to my Genie

Diwali, Christmas and Genie are three words that are not normally go together in a sentence. But it seems to work in the context of Singapore, a multicultural country where people of different ethnicity and religion live harmonious next to together. Who would ever believe Ganesha (one of many Hindu gods) would be hanging out with Jesus…