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10 Things To Do In Changi International Airport

August 18th, 2008 by

Do yourself a favor. The next time your plane even touches the tarmac of Changi International Airport in Singapore, get off and see what a real airport should be like. Changi International has repeatedly won awards through the years and is considered one of the best airports in the world.

Changi International Airport Hall

The secret is simple: while other airports act like fast food outlets and wish to process as many passengers through its gates as quickly as possible, Changi acts like Starbucks, inviting visitors to stay awhile and enjoy the many amenities within its halls.

Changi International Airport of Singapore has conceptualized back in the 1950’s, when congestion was starting to trouble the previous Singapore International Airport in Paya Lebar. The city authorities decided to construct a new airport at the easternmost tip of the island in Changi, the site of a former military airbase, well away from urban areas. This is to avoid any buildings from interfering with airplane traffic as well as any ground casualties in the event of an accident. The first phase of the airport was operational by 1981, and expansion and upgrading continue up to this day to allow for advances in flight technology and passenger comfort.

Whether you are a transit passenger, a visitor to the Lion City, on a budget, or well-moneyed from months of saving, take at least two hours of your time to discover Singapore‘s fascinating airport.

1. Go online.

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BBC Invites All To ‘Journey To The East’ This Beijing Olympics 2008

August 17th, 2008 by

In a summer that will be long memorable for geeks worldwide (the release of Iron Man, The Dark Knight, the teamup of Jackie Chan and Jet Li in The Forbidden Kingdom), British broadcasting channel BBC contributes to coolness by releasing “Journey to the East”, a superbly animated short for its Beijing Olympics coverage.

What makes this remarkable is that BBC, a conservative government TV channel from a land known for its self-restraint in the face of emotion, did something daring by hiring the cutting-edge creative team behind the virtual band Gorillaz for this project. Graphic designer Jamie Hewlett, the creator of the cult comic Tank Girl, and Blur frontman Damon Albarn, collaborated back in the early 90’s to feature alternative hip hop music generated by an all-animated foursome.


Video by BBC.

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Nara: Ancient Capital Of Japan

August 16th, 2008 by

Nara is an ancient capital in the Kansai region in Japan. It is often overlooked by most tourists because of its more famous neighbor, Kyoto. But like Kyoto, Nara is also home to many important scenic and historical sites.

The main hall at Todai-ji Daibutsu

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Buildings, Not Trees, Grow Along Orchard Road

August 15th, 2008 by

Singapore, which is also called the Lion City, is the smallest nation in Southeast Asia. But whatever it lacks in size, it compensates with its rich culture, colorful art forms, delectable cuisine, impressive architecture, etc. It is known, not only in Asia, but all over the world to be a great destination to any traveler seeking new adventures to experience and new sights to discover.

Anyone would surely enjoy the various Singapore walking tours that can be done to explore Singapore. In some walking tours, you will probably come across this particularly popular road where one will be drowned with beautifully decorated show windows and gigantic shopping malls. I’m actually referring to Orchard Road which is considered the core of Singapore’s retail and entertainment scene. It attracts both locals and tourists alike mainly because it is truly a shopper’s paradise – the place where you can purchase whatever your heart desires.

Orchard Road

You can get to Orchard Road by taking any of the available means of transportation that are available like the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT), buses, or taxi cabs. You can get more information as to how you can explore Singapore by reading Ways to Explore the Lion City of Singapore.

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Robots Take A Slow, Painful First Step In Taking Over The Culinary World

August 14th, 2008 by

In a world that has learned nothing from robot-based apocalyptic movies, a Hong Kong restaurant has taken the first step in hiring machines to cook and wait on humans. Robot Kitchen, located in the Kowloon district , has two robot waiters which take orders from and deliver food to hungry and naive patrons who are assured in the superiority of humans over this planet, while a third one works behind the counter preparing the dishes.

Video by South China Morning Post (scmp.com)

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Blast From The Past In Kyoto

August 13th, 2008 by

It is one of the oldest cities in Japan, the former Japanese capital. Though it has experienced numerous firebombings, earthquakes and wars during the eleven centuries in which it was the capital, it still stands the test of time. It is one of the most well-preserved olden Japanese cities. Welcome to Kyoto, a city steeped in Japanese culture and history.

Streets of Gion Walking at Kyoto Imperial Park

Kyoto was once the capital of Japan and the residence of the Emperor. This was from 794 until 1868, when the capital was moved to Tokyo during the Meiji Restoration. During the many centuries that it was the center of Japanese power, culture, tradition, and religion, it accumulated an astounding collection of palaces, temples and shrines, built for emperors, shoguns, and monks. Kyoto is also known as Japan’s “Most Beautiful City”, though its beauty is rooted to the history and culture of most of its tourist attractions. Sites that stand the test of time.

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Amazing Thailand Grand Sale 2008

August 12th, 2008 by

Amazing Thailand Grand Sale 2008 Logo: Watch out for this signAre you a shopaholic? Are you always on the lookout for sales, promotions, and great bargains? Do you get a different high from seeing all those huge SALE signs in your favorite boutiques and department stores?

If you answered “YES” to all these questions then I’m pretty sure that you are aware that Thailand is a one of the best places in Asia for shopping. Visitors from Asia and all over the world are known to be spoilt with the availability of inviting department stores, huge shopping malls, interesting specialty shops, and busy flea markets that seem to stay open until the wee hours of the morning.

I actually have great news for all you shopaholics who are itching to go on a that great shopping hunt. Believe it or not it is the time of the year again when you can pack your bags and fly to exotic and wonderful Thailand for the Amazing Thailand Grand Sale 2008.

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Peking Duck Amuck

August 11th, 2008 by

What DO they call Chinese food in China? Just “food”? If so, what do they call Peking Duck in Beijing?

It’s Peking Kao Ya.

Peking Duck stands out in a country that has created a whole slew of great dishes, as it is a delicacy that has been served on the tables of emperors for generations. First mentioned by an imperial food inspector in the 14th century, this roasted duck variation was served exclusively for the imperial court until the 15th century, when restaurants surrounding the capital city started cooking it for the public, as well.

Beijing Night Lights

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Thai Delicacies To Bring Home

August 10th, 2008 by

Thailand is one of my favorite travel destinations in Asia. I simply cannot get enough of its rich culture, unique language, colorful traditions and customs, amazing sights and most especially the heavily spiced sumptuous cuisine that is uniquely Thai. This is why a visit to Thailand would always be a gastronomic delight.

After you’ve gone shopping and after you’ve tried that extremely entertaining elephant ride and after you’ve been here and there in Thailand, the time will come for you to pack your things from your reliable Thailand hotel and head back home. For sure, you are bound to feel growls of hunger forming in your stomach and realize how much you’ll miss all those Thai delicacies that you’ve come to love during your stay. You’ll be crazy not to bring home goodies to satisfy your Thai cravings!

Here is a list of some of my favorite delicacies that usually take up so much space in my luggage whenever I come back home from Thailand:

THAI TAMARIND

Thai Tamarind

This is a delicacy that is truly a favorite among tourists. Tamarind or ma-kahm is an oblong-shaped and partly curved fruit commonly found in tropical countries. The color is reddish brown with seeds that are encased in a sticky and dark brown flesh that can either be sour or very sweet. Sour tamarind is usually used in Thai cooking like for sauces, soups, etc. The kind of tamarind that I would like to bring home is the sweet plump tamarind or makahm wahn which can be enjoyed just like any regular fruit. You can buy this in flea markets by the kilo or in supermarkets where the tamarind fruits are conveniently packed in gift boxes and sold alongside other fruits and even chocolates.

Thai tamarind candies are also the best! The moist tamarind flesh is combined with sugar and cooked over heat to caramelize the sugar. The candy is then individually wrapped and placed in cylinders. There are two kinds of tamarind candy – the sweet tamarind candy and the spicy tamarind candy. Of course, I prefer the latter.

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Walk Under The Neon Lights Of Nathan Road In Hong Kong

August 8th, 2008 by

Nathan RoadHong Kong has always been one of the popular shopping heavens for tourists from all over the world. You will always find discounts, great bargains, promotions and almost anything that your heart desires. One thing that I also like about Hong Kong is that it is so easy to go from one place to another. You can hail a taxi cab, take a tram, travel by MRT, catch a bus, ride the escalators or simply WALK!

I always look forward to walking in Hong Kong. I get to enjoy every single detail – feast my eyes on the brightly colored merchandise, savor the smell of food that is being cooked from a nearly street stall, and enjoy the feel of wind on my face. For me, the best time to walk in Hong Kong is at night the streets are transformed to one big galaxy of lights.

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