A visit to Bangkok’s Taling Chan Floating Market, where you can shop, eat, drink, and listen to live music while boating along the Chao Phraya River. Continue Reading →
There are cemeteries, burial plots, museums, and memorials all over the world that honour our Canadian Forces. If you’re travelling overseas, here are a few international sites where you can pay your respects on Remembrance Day or any day of the year: Continue Reading →
A suicide forest, an isolated park with headless corpses, and a violent spirit that attacks cemetery visitors. As a Halloween treat, we’ve listed some of the most haunted places on earth.
Of course there are plenty more spooky sites to be seen around the world — but these six definitely made us poop our pants a little bit. Continue Reading →
I hate monkeys.
They are cheeky, unpredictable criminals, who are too fast for you to catch when they steal your camera or purse. I would have never visited the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary in Bali, if it wasn’t for my mother visiting. But, I must admit, I was surprised by how much I loved this place.
As you walk through the sanctuary, you will see monkeys — lots of monkeys. The monkeys that cover every square inch of this forest are called long-tailed macaques. These monkeys are more docile (when compared to other types of monkeys) because they are used to the mass amounts of tourists visiting them on a daily basis. Continue Reading →
Welcome to part two of our Istanbul series. This time we explore the sights, sounds and tastes of this historic destination.
Of course, the main reason most visitors head to Istanbul is to take in the city’s incredible history and culture. Sites like the Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar are iconic landmarks, as recognizable around the globe as the Eiffel Tower, but with centuries more of history behind them. After all, from Constantinople to Istanbul, this is a city that has witnessed the rise and fall of multiple empires, that has been both Christian and Muslim, Ottomon and Byzantine. Continue Reading →
It’s just after 6pm on a Tuesday in Istanbul. The line of traffic snakes down Kemeralti Caddesi, workers all heading toward the Bosphorus Bridge to take them out of the city’s downtown European core and home to the primarily residential Asian side. It’s rush hour, but it could really be any time of day—such is the downfall of being Europe’s most populated city (15 million as of 2013), along the banks of one of the city’s iconic slivers of water. Istanbul is, after all, the only city in the world to balance on the edge of two continents. The beautiful Bosphorus Strait divides the city in half, meaning it’s literally possible to stand in Europe and gaze at Asia or, like many of Istanbul’s residents, make the daily commute between continents. Continue Reading →
Singapore’s national dish is called chicken rice, not chicken and rice (there is a difference if you want to pretend to be a local). Originating from Hainan, China, chicken rice is commonly called Hainanese chicken rice and can be found in all hawker centres in Singapore. Continue Reading →
Last December, my husband and I were invited to an Indian wedding in India. Yes, this was the real deal. Realizing that most of our close Indian friends are already married, we couldn’t say no to this opportunity. We bought our plane tickets to Delhi, not knowing what to expect. Little did we realize that … Continue Reading →
I’m going to be honest: I only went to Taiwan because my husband was going on a business trip. I didn’t expect much from the busy streets of Taipei, so I booked us a forty-five minute flight to Hualien Country, an area known for its mountains and coastal views. I had no idea this part … Continue Reading →
When researching my trip to Thailand, I came across a volunteer program in Chiang Mai at an elephant sanctuary called the Elephant Nature Park (ENP). Situated in the mountains, ENP is a peaceful safe haven for Asian elephants rescued from abusive working conditions. Continue Reading →
When you visit Singapore, one of the flashiest tourist traps is trying a Singapore Sling at the Long Bar. Located in the Raffles Hotel, the Long Bar claims to be the home of the Singapore Sling: a drink made with (but not limited to) lime juice, dry gin, cherry brandy, Cointreau, Benedictine, pineapple juice and various … Continue Reading →
I love the city life, but I get anxious if I don’t expose myself to greenery every few days. While visiting Kuala Lumpur, I decided to go on hike at the Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM). About 80 years ago, FRIM wasn’t a lush forest full of hiking trails, wildlife, and inspiring trees. FRIM was … Continue Reading →
Don’t get me wrong, I love Bali, it’s beautiful. But after visiting Gili Trawangan, one of the three Gili islands, I felt as though I was being unfaithful to Bali. Why? Because I enjoyed the Gili Islands so much that a part of me wished I booked more of my holiday there. The three Gili … Continue Reading →
Imagine this: you’re 15 meters below the ocean’s surface, silently gliding through the water. The only sound is you slowly breathing in and out. Suddenly, you’re face to face with a group of Bumphead Parrotfish….and then a bright orange Clownfish peering from a swaying anemone. You even spot a turtle drifting through the ocean.
Sounds pretty amazing, doesn’t it? It’s even more remarkable to experience scuba diving first hand in the deep blue sea. Continue Reading →