• Travel

    Grandiosity of Greece

    Planning for your honeymoon or looking for a breathtaking destination? You can consider Greece where it is one of the most romantic places in the world. You can walk down the streets in Santorini (one of Greek islands) and enjoy the picturesque Oia with whitewashed buildings and calderas in Aegean Sea. Or you can catch a mystical sunset in Meteora where an ancient monastic community and rare geological phenomenon of sandstones coexist in absolute harmony. Besides its admirable nature, you can learn about its ancient history of human civilisation that began 4,000 years ago. The Greeks were great philosophers, warriors, writers, actors, athletes, artists, architects and politicians. Most airlines will…

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    Top 6 Shopping Malls in Johor Bahru

    "What to do during this weekends or on this public holiday?"  This is a common question among Singaporeans. If you are like some of us who may have visited all the attractions and shopping malls in Singapore, you will explore outside Singapore. The nearest neighbour of Singapore is Johor Bahru (JB), southern state of Malaysia. Singapore and Malaysia is just divided by the Straits of Johor. Singaporeans can just cross over to Malaysia via the Causeway or Second Link road. If you drive, you may like to check out the traffic before heading over HERE. There are times where you will need at least 2 hours or more to cross…

  • Psychology

    Goodness of Gratitude

    Gratitude is an important virtue that all of us need to carry all of the time (more essential than our mobile phones). The word is derived from the Latin root gratia, meaning grace, graciousness, or gratefulness. There is so much advice surrounding gratitude such as "counting your blessings", "giving thanks in all circumstances", "thinking of what you have, not what you don't have", "finding joy in your everyday life", etc. Almost all religions encourage cultivating gratitude in all their believers. Greater Good Science Center at University of California, Berkeley has succinctly summarised all the scientific benefits of gratitude into a white paper like a literature review. Now, evidence is showing that…

  • Finance

    How much do you need to retire or live comfortably?

    At some point, I believe all of us will start to think about retirement and finances that we need to live comfortably and gracefully. What is the minimum sum of money or income per month we need when we reach 55 or 65 years old? The amount depends on the cost of living in the country and the lifestyle that we desire. According to a recent study by a team of researchers from Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYPP), National University of Singapore (NUS), they discovered from their focus group discussions with seniors that the household budgets necessary to meet basic needs were S$1,379 per month for single…

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    Back to Khmer Empire (Cambodia)

    If you love history, you must visit Khmer Empire, the predecessor state to modern Cambodia. Its civilization began from 9th to 15th centuries and Angkor was abandoned in 1431 as it was indefensible. The capital was moved to Phnom Penh area. You are like an archaeologist during the trip to explore the ruins of the kingdom and temples. Below are the key temples built in a chronological order: Bakong (Late 9th century) Banteay Srei (2nd half of 10th century) Preah Vihear (Late 9th to mid-12th centuries) Angkor Wat (Early 12th century with later additions) Bayon (Late 12th to mid-13th centuries) Preah Pithu U (13th century) Before our trip to Siem…

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    Nature’s Drama Unfolds At Every Turn (Australia)

    If you love to go on a road trip, you must definitely not miss the Great Ocean Road (GOR) in Australia! You get to witness the wonder of the world in Southern Australia, from Torquay to Portland. You will never be bored along the road as the nature’s drama unfolds at every turn. It is unpredictable and spectacular. Be in awe of diverse and spectacular natural formations and ever-changing landscapes! One of my bucket list is to drive and stay in campervan. GOR is one of the best places to do that. As there were three of us for this vacation, we rented Venturer Plus, which consists of a double bed…

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    Welcome to the Land of Smiles (Thailand)

    This is country where most of you have visited: Thailand. Bangkok has almost 20 million visitors in a year and we expected the number to increase. My own country, Singapore has just over 13 million visitors. Before your trip (again), like many of us who cannot survive without WiFi, you can get a good deal from Klook to buy 4G SIM card with 3GB & 100-min talk time for 8 days at just S$6.30. Where We Stayed For my wife and I, we booked the following hotels for Bangkok and Khao Yai (a National Park, about 2.5hr drive from Bangkok) from 26 Apr to 2 May 2018: Promratchada Residence & Spa, Bangkok…