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The best birthday ever, along the coast of Colombia

Exactly 2 years ago… “Cumpleaños feliz, cumpleaños feliz, te deseamos a ti….” The Spanish birthday song blasted over the speakers in the club. “It’s my birthday today!” I shouted over the loud music into Juan’s* ear, my Colombian friend.  “I don’t believe you!” he yelled back. I took my phone out from his breast pocket …

The gazebo bandstand
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Bandstand at Botanic Gardens (Postcard #17)

The bandstand, an octagon-shaped gazebo lies on the ground of the 82 hectares Singapore Botanic Gardens. Erected in 1930, it is only 71 younger than the Botanic Gardens itself. How it got the name of being the bandstand is because regimental bands would perform here in the past. Although this gazebo is no longer in …

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Parliament House of Singapore (Postcard Singapore #16)

Opened in 1999, this current Parliament House of Singapore lies in the Civic District. In Singapore, we modelled our governing system after the British due to our colonial past. Prime Minister is the one with the power who is spearheading the country while our President is the head of state, a ceremonial role with limited …

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Sir Stamford Raffles (Postcard Singapore #14)

Here is a statue of Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles standing tall and mighty against the backdrop of our Central Business District (CBD). He signed the treaty with the Sultan (King) of Singapore on 6 February 1819. The treaty allowed the British to set up a trading post where he declared Singapore a free port. That …

Colombia, Mompox
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Guide to Colombia’s Mompox – Everything you need to know

In the Bolívar department of Colombia lies Mompox. A town that not many ventures to despite it being a UNESCO Heritage site. While this place is not as popular as other towns like Villa de Leva, Guatalupe and Salento, it played a significant role in shaping the history of Colombia. Today, this town attracts the …

Grilled Satay
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Grilled Satay (Postcard Singapore #11)

Grilled satay is one of my favourite food to have while dining with family or friends because they are easy bites and so tasty!  This amazing delicacy is popular in South East Asia, with the origin tracing back to Java, Indonesia. In the past, there were no clear borders between Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore hence it …

Mompox, the colonial architectural town
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A Weekend Getaway to Mompox, The Forgotten UNESCO Town

Before I left for Colombia in July 2017, I read a travel memoir by Michael Jacobs, Robber of Memories. He travelled along River Magdalena during the turbulence of civil war where he traced the memories of Gabriel García Márquez, who suffered from Alzheimer’s disease, just like his mother. In his captivating tale, while I cannot …

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