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Sail The Stormy Seas Of The Monsoon Cup

November 30th, 2010 by

Lying near the Pacific Ocean, Malaysia sees its share of monsoons, vast tropical storms that whip the seas and land with torrential rains and powerful winds. In an act that makes lemonades out of lemons, the Malaysian government launched the Monsoon Cup, a sailing event that pits the will of man versus the awesome forces of nature.

Match racing

Photo courtesy of Foto Ilustrativa.

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My Petronas Skybridge Experience

November 26th, 2010 by

I have been fortunate enough to see the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur several times in the past.  As for the Skybridge, well, I never had the chance to visit it up close and personal.  You see, the climb to floor 41 of the impressive twin skyscrapers not only requires precious ringgits but in my case, a good deal of patience and sheer determination as well.

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The Petronas Twin Towers (or simply the Petronas Towers) were designed by Argentine architects César Pelli and Djay Cerico. The towers were the world’s tallest upon completion in 1998 but had to relinquish the glory to Taipei 101 in 2004.  Still, the modern icons are the tallest twin buildings worldwide, which counts for something.

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Theatre On The Edge: Macau Fringe Festival 2010

November 23rd, 2010 by

While many view Macau as either a Portuguese colonial heritage site or casino paradise, creative residents have joined forces to expose a delightful, artistic side of the island enclave. Every year, the Macau Fringe Festival celebrates the best of alternative theatre, with dozens of performances erupting in out-of-the-way spots and non-traditional venues.

Macau festival

Photo courtesy of fifikins.

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Cultural Water Puppets Show Of Vietnam

November 19th, 2010 by

Upon completing our check in formalities at the Hanoi Plaza Hotel, we informed them that we were interested in watching the Water Puppets Show.  They immediately sent one of their staff members to the Thang Long Puppet Theater to purchase tickets as these get sold out easily.

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Water Puppetry is a known art in all of Vietnam.  This tradition originated around the 11th century in the villages of the Red River Delta where there were numerous lakes and ponds.  Its popularity reached its peak during the 18th century when guilds started to offer various performances. The water puppets, about a meter tall each, were made from the bark of a jackfruit tree and painted using plant extracts.   These wooden puppets were coated in lacquer to maintain their tip top shape even with constant contact with water.

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Celebrate River Kwai Bridge Week

November 16th, 2010 by

Made famous by the 1957 war movie The Bridge on the River Kwai, the actual bridge built by World War II Allied prisoners is a memorial to the Death Railway of the Japanese empire. Located in Thailand’s third biggest province of Kanchanaburi, this bridge is now the center of a series of festivities that highlights the history surrounding this landmark.

River Kwai Bridge

Photo courtesy of moohaha.

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Time Out At Tai Tam Country Park

November 12th, 2010 by

Talk to someone who has just been to Hong Kong and for sure you will hear stories about Ocean Park, Victoria Peak, shopping on Nathan Road or a fun-filled day in Disneyland Hong Kong.   It is quite rare to hear about laid-back Tai Tam Country Park.

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For those who are looking for the perfect combination of sparkling blue green waters, rolling hills and lush tropical forests in Hong Kong need not travel far.  Tai Tam Country Park has all these to offer and a lot more.  It can be found at the eastern corner of Hong Kong Island which is just about 10 minutes away from the famous shopping district of Stanley.  So after a tiresome morning going around Stanley Market, tourists can take the trip to the park to relax and enjoy some fresh clean air.

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Touch The Singapore Marina Bay Sands Skypark

November 9th, 2010 by

Singapore’s newest attraction literally lets you swim in the sky. The Marina Bay Sands Singapore is a new hotel with three adjacent towers that supports the Skypark. The enormous 200 m tall platform includes a 150 m long, incomparable infinity pool.

Marina Bay Sands Singapore

Photo courtesy by Eustaquio Santimano.

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A Day Like No Other At Universal Studios Singapore

November 5th, 2010 by

My heart was thumping in anticipation the day I woke up in Singapore and realized I was going to Universal Studios. It was bright and sunny outside: perfect for a day of fun and adventure.

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Universal Studios Singapore attracts throngs of people not only from Singapore but from the world over. As such, I made sure to purchase tickets online beforehand.  The process is completely hassle-free and ensures entry to the park. Tickets (2010 prices) cost S$66 for a weekday single visit and S$72 for a weekend single visit. There is also the option of a two-day pass for a price of S$118. Rates are significantly lower for children (4 to 12 years old) and senior citizens (65 years old and above).

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Rock On With The Lan Kwai Fong Street Carnival

November 2nd, 2010 by

The popular Hong Kong party street Lan Kwai Fong will rock harder than usual during the Lan Kwai Fong Street Carnival. Two days of Mardi Gras-style fun and excitement mark this pre-eminent Hong Kong event. While it does celebrate special events throughout the year, from Chinese New Year to Christmas, the Street Carnival is a supreme attraction.

Lan Kwai Fong Street Carnival

Photo courtesy of chika.

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