Category: Unexplored


Day 1 & 2: Tokyo Part 1

Posted on March 15th, by joanna in Uncover, Unexplored. 1 Comment

 

Initially we wanted to spend less time in Tokyo and more time in Kyoto/Osaka, but after researching and speaking to friends, it seemed that Tokyo was really full of interesting spots, good food and activities.

My must-do list included: Tsukiji fish market, sushi sushi sushi, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, hunting for special Japanese Kit Kat flavours, Owl Cafe
His must-do list included: Yodobashi Akiba Megastore, Bicycle store

Tokyo Day One

Area stayed in: Hamamatsucho
Hotel: Hotel MyStays Hamamatsucho , S$100 per night

Getting from Haneda (HND) airport to the hotel was easy. HND is well connected to the city by monorails and other trains.

 

 

 

We arrived in the middle of February and it was freezing cold in the city’s wind tunnels for us tropical folk. Thankfully, every building had fantastic heating down to the toilet seats

Hotel rooms in Tokyo can be painfully small, and a double room … Read More »



Top Tips When Cycling In Malaysia

Posted on August 10th, by joanna in Unexplored. No Comments

This article was first published on beautynthebikes.wordpress.com All photographs curtesy of Robert Tan

If you’ve read our interview with Robert Tan and friends, you’ll realise that this group of seniors have a wealth of experience to share about cycling in Malaysia (and in general). These 60 to 70 year olds have probably seen more roads, discovered cultures and fixed more flat tires than we have combined. We extracted some of the best advice we’ve heard, while chatting with them. Listen up!

1. Map out a tentative route that you will be taking and note down possible accommodation along the way. Do check with the accommodation whether they have a safe storage place for your bicycles or if you can keep them in your room.

2. Malaysia has quite an extensive homestay network as the country is promoting homestays as an alternative to hotels or hostels. … Read More »



An Inspiring Journey Through Malaysia On Bicycle

Posted on August 10th, by joanna in Unexplored. No Comments

This article was first published on beautynthebikes.wordpress.com All photographs curtesy of Robert Tan

Two years ago, Robert Tan had an idea – to journey from the north of Malaysia down to Singapore, on a bicycle. This June, the 72 year old followed a similar route that the Japanese took during their invasion of Malaya, with five other seniors, on a trip they hoped would “challenge and discover the spirit of human endeavour”. The youngest of the group was Jason Ong, 60, led by the oldest, Tan. Due to the haze, the group had to abort the ride in Port Dickson, and had covered a total of 700 kilometres, which left them short of their goal by 300 kilometres.

We met up with them to ask them just how the managed to survive the trip – and emerge victorious.

Old is Gold 

Why is the … Read More »



Cycling Adventure In Bhutan

Posted on June 11th, by joanna in Uncover, Unexplored. 3 comments

Hi Everyone! Wanted to share some snapshots from the last two days that I’ve been cycling in Bhutan. I’m staying in Thimphu, the capital. Most of the routes are paved roads, but we did go off-road a little today. Never done so much climbing at such high altitude! It’s 2700-2800m, and my lungs, used to sea-level breathing, are struggling to acclimatise.

Yesterday we started out with an easy ride, about 6 km from the city to Buddha Point. The world’s largest Buddha statue sits on the side of a hill overlooking the city.

Climbing up, it’s about a 8% average incline with endless switchbacks , so my guide and I had to zig-zag up.

This morning we headed to the Bhutan Broadcasting Station, also located on a hill. The weather now is pretty warm, about 25-28 degrees celsius during the day.

From the climb … Read More »



Pushing the Extra Mile – Biking in Queenstown, NZ

Posted on April 14th, by joanna in Uncover, Unexplored. No Comments

Hello from New Zealand!! Today I found some balls (more like got dragged kicking and screaming) up to the peak of the Queenstown Bike Park to try their trail. Somehow I didn’t know it was a downhill mountain biking trail!! My poor little Scott Spark 30 XC bike was rattling down the slopes, slipping around the berms, and getting flung across the rollers.

I am a beginner to mountain biking, and never done a downhill track! I stuck to Hammy’s Track, the easiest, grade 2 Green track. It takes about 40 minutes at my speed (brakes on!) to get from the skyline peak to the bottom. We took the gondola, and a morning half day pass from 10am-2pm was enough.

There is a lovely cafe at the peak too, not overpriced (pot of tea for $3.50) and has amazing views over Queenstown.
The … Read More »



Explore the Extraordinary – Otherworldly Tri-colored Lake

Posted on March 27th, by andrea in Uncover, Unexplored. No Comments

Imagine three lakes that independently changes colors from green to blue to black or red unpredictably. Standing at the rightly named “Inspirational Point” that oversees the three lakes, the ethereal colored lake and thick mist surrounding the volcano have earned Kelimutu it’s supernatural reputation. No wonder locals call these sacred lakes “the lakes of evil spirits” and consider it a resting place for departed souls.

-Tiwa Ata Mbupu (Lake of the Old People aka Lake of the Ancestors’ Souls), the solo lake on the west side of the summit, is believed to be where elders and wise people go after they pass way and is usually blue.
-Tiwu Nua Muri Koo Fai (Lake of Young Men and Maidens aka Lake of Young People’s Soul) is known as the lake where young people go when they die.
-Tiwu Ata Polo (Bewitched or Enchanted Lake … Read More »



Blue Fairies in the Water

Posted on March 21st, by andrea in Uncover, Unexplored. No Comments

I overheard from the resort staff that across the decorated bridge that welcomes you to the Redang Reef Resort, you’ll find the infamous blue sand beach. I was determined to see what this was all about. As I made my way through the crazy jungle and pass an empty horseshoe shaped beach, I saw the sea of tourist hovered over the beach in front of the Redang Reef Resort. The whole shoreline was lit up by flickering blue lights as each one of us swiped our hands across the wet sand. The reflection of the water made the ocean look like little dancing fairies and then slowly fading away. I was trying to figure out what caused the sand to light up – friction? light exposure? moisture? or just timing that it lights up during certain hours of the night. … Read More »



Twins, Toys, and Travelling The World Through The Eyes of A Photographer

Posted on March 19th, by joanna in Uncover, Unexplored. No Comments

Once in a while, I stumble across an amazing story on the internet that I spend hours looking at. Usually, it’s some hollywood celebrity that, you know, I just can’t get enough of her dramaticised relationship gossip.

Thankfully, today was much better than that. I have been browsing the photo stories of an Italian photographer, Gabriele Galimberti, and his few series of photographs taken over 18-months of travelling the world. From Alaska to Zambia, his subjects, children, adults, grandmothers, showcase more than what they seem at first glance – portraits. There are cultural and social observations, tragic stories and triumphant ones. Anyone around the globe can relate to him and his work, not only because we love travel and seeing something new, but also because many of these images showcase things we may be familiar with – food from our region, … Read More »



Bike Adventure Down Haleakala – “House of the Sun”

Posted on December 11th, by andrea in Uncover, Unexplored. No Comments

The graceful slopes of Haleakala is Maui’s highest peak – rising 10,023 above sea level.  Venture into the Haleakala National park  –  We wanted to experience the stunning sunrise that this place was known for and bike down this dormant volcano at a downhill speed of over 40 miles per hour.

The absence of the city lights makes this the most sought after place to set up a telescope, and the starry skies that is revealed on a clear night is just breathtaking.  This special place vibrates with Hawaiian culture to its core.  The stark volcanoes embodies the ancient spirits of the land.

Picking up our bikes and getting our gear.

Shaka! Ready for our ride! Too bad it’s a cloudy day.

Taking a break and noticed a lot of random animals on the side.

The 23 miles of winded roads with … Read More »



The Best Pizza in NYC

Posted on November 6th, by joanna in Uncover, Unexplored. No Comments

I may not be a food connoisseur, but I think I’ve eaten enough pizza in Italy to know what real good pizza should taste like. And I found it across the atlantic, in New York City, land of take out pizzas.

Pizza Suprema, smack in the middle of New York City, next to the General Post Office, was a Godsend on this drizzly autumn evening. Large, crisp pizzas lined the shelves of this family-owned eatery, started by Italians, of course!
The toppings are generous, and they heat up every slice just as you order it. No cold or soggy pizzas that have been sitting around!
I had the mushroom pizza, and at $3.50 I thought it was a steal! (it was the last 2 days of my trip and yes, I was running out of cash). Topped with nothing but pure tomato … Read More »





UNPACKING:

-Act of leaving behind life’s burden, roles, expectations, responsibilities.

-Welcoming new knowledge, developing new relationships, people, new directions.

-Removal + releasing clutter, the unnecessary, negatives.

-Stripping set rules, perceptions, prenotions, assumptions, standards, and old habits.

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