Hiroshima

August 6, 1945

“When you arrive in Hiroshima you can look around and for 25 and perhaps 30 square miles you can see hardly a building. It gives you an empty feeling in the stomach to see such man-made devastation.” – Wilfred Burchett

77 years ago, on this day, the world’s first atomic bomb was dropped by a US bomber over the city of Hiroshima.

8:15 AM

The time was 8:15 a.m., as recorded by this watch that remained still once the explosion reached the ground.

Dakar, Senegal

First Day: Wrong Hotel and Still No Cash…

Revamping some old stories from West Africa, with a hint of nostalgia and wanderlust. 

Africa is expensive and now I am relying on a volunteer nurse for one week-long trip to Dakar, Senegal, after spending few days in Banjul, the Gambia. My Taiwanese friend, Joyce, had to borrow 1,000 USD to pay for the airplane tickets, hotel and pocket-money. At Christmas time the banks are closed, and the travel agency doesn’t accept credit cards…

We flew at mid-night and so the adventure began.

Singapore Fun

Excitement and Entertainment in Lion City

Check out 7 places to have fun in Singapore: Sentosa Island, Clarke Quay, the Raffles Hotel, Orchard Road, Club Street, Singapore Flyer and Geylang Red Light District.

Singapore Weird Laws

“The Fine City”

The nickname for Singapore, “The Fine City”, has double meaning. In order to maintain the “public order” and to protect the “fine state” of Singapore, the Government has imposed a multitude of strict laws and hefty fines.

Don’t risk being fined or worst, caned and jailed in Singapore. Besides the usual “No Smoking” or “No Littering” signs, and besides the unusual “No Jumping”, “No Riding”, “No Running”, “No Heel Shoes” and “No Umbrellas” signs – there are also weird laws in Singapore that you should be aware of.

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple Singapore

The Arab Quarter, Chinatown and Little India

Singapore is a diverse melting pot of cultures and races, with four official languages: English, Malay, Tamil and Mandarin.

Find Singapore’s traditional roots and enjoy the exotic sights and sounds of this amazing place.

The Arab Quarter

Also known as Kampong Glam, the Arab Quarter is one of the most atmospheric places of old Singapore. The main attraction is the Sultan Mosque, with its golden dome. Interesting, the mosque was designed by an Irish architect and the dome base is a ring of black bottles!

Marina Bay Sands

Marina Bay

Amazing architecture in Singapore! The place to be is Marina Bay. I spent a full day in the area, shooting like crazy under extreme heat. The heat worked towards my advantage. Besides losing some weight, most of the shooting areas were deserted of people, who took cover from sun inside the enormous shopping mall.

Geylang Singapore

Geylang is part two from the “Let’s Go to Singapore!” series, after a short introduction to the Lion City.

The Red Light District

From Changi airport I took the MRT train to the “Aljunied” station where I was welcomed by 14 CCTV cameras!

My two stars “Fragrance Hotel Ruby” is located in the middle of the Geylang red light district. After checking-in, I went out to explore the neighbourhood.

Singapore

Landing page to a series of posts exploring the island city-state of Singapore.

It was a quick decision to travel to one of Asia’s top destinations. Booked the flight in Bangkok through AirAsia.com and the “Fragrance Hotel Ruby” in the middle of the Singapore red light district, Geylang.

Quick planning of the trip using the Frommer’s online guide, letting the details out for the fate (or whim) to decide.

For the five days trip I renounced to the checked baggage (that would cost extra) and I took only my backpack as a carry-on luggage.

And, of course I left my chewing gum at home. Singapore banned the chewing gum since 1992!