Hokkaido is known around the world for its natural beauty, delicious food, and their four seasons. If you are perhaps planning on visiting Sapporo during winter or snowboarding in the nearby mountains of Hokkaido, there is one town you don’t want to miss during your stay: Otaru. The second thing I wanted to do while in Sapporo was visiting Otaru.
Otaru is a port-town in western Hokkaido, about 30 minutes by train from Sapporo. Interestingly, most of the city’s architecture is designed with a Western-style in mind, which is unusual compared to other architecture throughout Japan. However, while visiting Otaru, you won’t feel like you are in just another Japanese tourist town. Otaru is a city of hidden treasures that will make memories to last a lifetime. And through the centre of it all, lay the beautiful Otaru Canal a quiet, gentle body of water, mirroring the façades of the low rise buildings standing alongside it, delicately covered with snow. I could just sit by the canal on a cold stone bench for a moment of rest and think about how perfect this town seemed to be.
Hello, Hello and Happy New Year! I hope you all had a truly wonderful start of the year with your loved ones, a bottle of red wine and a heck load of sparkles and laughter. I thought my first post of the new year ought to be a little look over the past 12 months, but I realize I have so much to catch up on my travelogues and I can't waste anymore time but to keep travel writing whenever I can. I wanted this post to be a somewhat photo heavy blogpost, a post full of snow snaps that you may not have ever seen before.
Japan is probably one of my favorite places in the world, which is kind of remarkable considering I spent the past two years exploring many areas in Japan. In fact, I only spent one week in Sapporo, but it instantly stole my heart and continues to be at the top of my list of places in the world I want to return. It is just so cool, especially during winter.
I visited last month, which was heaps of fun, and honestly I think anytime in the winter would be magical there. I loved the food, I was fascinated by how different the culture up there was from the rest of Japan, and since Japan has such a wet climate, I think Sapporo had the most snow I’ve ever seen in my life. In fact I’d say if you want to enjoy a truly beautiful winter in Japan then head to Sapporo!
The year 2016 was another good travel year in my life. So now I turn my thoughts to the new year. This year I've made only one. And I do think that it's the most important one of all.
Keep traveling. Continue to be an avid traveler.
2017 is the year that I refuse to let my new year's resolutions be boring. "Travel more" is a great goal, it's the kind of resolution you can review in 12 months, decide that two trips home was good enough, and check that one off the list. Resolution fulfilled.
Obvious and simple, yes. But in this age of increasing terror and decreasing travel abroad, for many it's become harder to keep this resolution than ever.
I always hold the belief that travel is a choice. Travel is actually a big part of that for so many of us.
And I’m going keep going out there, to be able to fulfill my life as best I can. I wish All of you a happy new year 2017. Stay happy always !
Have you ever seen snow before? Japan is a country with one of the world’s heaviest snowfall area. My Sapporo holiday is done and dusted! In theory, the trip is over, but my vivid memories of the trip are as clear as day! Sapporo is indeed Oh-mazing.
In some countries, snow is very rare. In Sapporo, it snows everyday in winter. I was very lucky to see very heavy powdery snow in Sapporo and I want to share my wonderful experience with you. It was such an unexpected experience that I encountered when I landed at New Chitose Airport in Sapporo. The whole city was covered in snow. The snow arrived a month earlier than normal in Hokkaido. It was a most beautiful sight for me. I took so many photos of snow.
Time for Christmas, time for snowman.
Hello Hokkaido ! Travel from Singapore to Sapporo. I've just returned from an unforgettable snowy winter trip.
I’m bubbling with excitement as I write this post, as I’m venturing into yet another topic on this humble blog of mine, and that is one of my pet loves, travel! Well, what’s life without exploring new things now and then?
I flew to Tokyo and then boarded a connecting flight to New Chitose airport in Sapporo. Winter has arrived in Hokkaido and i was warned that my flight may have to return to Tokyo if the airport had to be closed due to snow. I finally landed in Sapporo and over the past one week I saw more snow than at any other time in my life with temperatures as low as -10.
I've decided to blog about a snowy Sapporo trip and it's gonna be super lengthy posts with plenty of scenic photos. I can't wait to start writing about it. Stay tuned !
A happy start to the weekend! My photo essay on《城市慢活风情 当脚踏车遇上咖啡馆》featuring Wheeler's Coffee Cafe in Penang and local cafertia Wheeler's Yard is published in today's LianheZaobao 联合早报缤纷版 dated 10 December 2016! 感谢、感恩! Thrilled to see it being featured nationwide in print! Special thanks to Lianhe Zaobao, you have made my day! :)
在上海哪里可以逛逛文艺区呢？我想应该有不少人会推荐去田子坊走走吧。田子坊在上海有 “上海地区的创意产业聚集区” 的称号，听说有不少个人工作室和一些文创产业在这里。也因为这样，这次上海的行程里，早已敲定了它。
Shanghai has been praised as of the Paris of the East, if you are in Shanghai and want to understand the true style of city, then you must visit Tian Zi Fang. Tianzifang is an art, craft and Shikumen (stone-door-frame houses) enclave developed from an old residential area of the former French concession, a shikumen residential built in 1930s in Shanghai. In 1980s artists, designers and vendors began to set up their studios, art galleries, craft stores, design house, cafes, bars, and restaurants a kind of creative industry precinct in an old residential area of Shanghai.
With high speed of modernization, lanes which have great memories about old Shanghai are gradually replaced by skyscrapers. However, you still could find a place like Tianzifang keeping the precious scenes of old Shanghai. Like a roll of colorful film, Tianzifang records the real life of Shanghai citizens in old time which gives you different wonderful sight. Especially when you are close or touch the Shikumen and bricks, you might hear the historical voice telling you its experiences.
Walk on the streets of Shanghai, and it is evident how ‘Old Shanghai’ is juxtaposed against sleek, modern buildings in this lovely city. The mesmerising mix of the modern and the traditional in Shanghai extends to her cafes that are a feast for the eyes and the belly. well to get a taste of authentic vintage Shanghai, pop by La Petite Fleur, with its exquisitely framed windows, antique furniture and cosy pockets of intimate spaces.
When you picture old China, what comes to your mind? If you want to feel more of old Chinese-style Shanghai you need to move away from the colonial areas and the modern skyscrapers and venture onto the water towns surrounding Shanghai City. While there are quite a few water town options, the closest one to central Shanghai and relatively within town, is Qi Bao.
As many of you maybe know, Shanghai is a River City. It always has been relying on boat traffic and as so many of the other water towns in the nearby. Shanghai had many canals itself. Not much is left of the former Water Town Charm, but this tiny little place called Qibao Old Town and it shouldn’t be missed.
漫步上海武康路, 探索老房子: 武康大楼 (曾名诺曼底公寓) Historical Iconic I.S.S. Normandie Apartments In Former French Concession Area of Shanghai
上海的诺曼底公寓（I.S.S. Normandie Apartments），现为武康大楼，造型仿照第一次世界大战时期的法国诺曼底号。圆弧长型造型特殊，彷若巨轮，路过即被其气势震撼住，是上海最早的外廊式公寓建筑。它是一座典型的法国文艺复兴风格的建筑，一个门廊、一个转角都洋溢着法兰西的风情。由于武康路和淮海路的夹角小，使得武康大楼有着一艘启航巨轮般的独特造型。在外人看来，它曾是老上海文化名流的聚集地，神秘而美丽。然而对于居住在大楼里的人来说，大楼是他们的精神寄托。
Historical isn’t a word you’d usually associate with Shanghai’s architecture. It’s a thoroughly modern city on the surface – multi-storied apartment blocks, sky-high office towers, glass-fronted malls. But if you look a bit closer and you’ll find a whole host of interesting buildings. Shanghai’s colonial past has bequeathed the city with lots of architectural styles, from Neoclassical to Art Deco. Here’s a look at one of the most eye-catching buildings found during my Shanghai trip.
The I.S.S. (International Savings Society Apartments) Normandie Apartments, is a triangular 8-storey landmarked building that sits on Middle Huaihai Road in Shanghai. It was built in 1924, and is now an excellent modern building in Shanghai (Historical Buildings under Municipal Protection). The Normandie Apartment was and still is a favorite with foreigners because of its rustic beauty and unique architecture.
This mansion is a French Renaissance style apartment building. If you look at it from its west side, it just seems a ship, as described as “This oblique inserted long stripe just like a ship just anchored.” Such building appearance was built in memory of a famous French warship during World War I, “Normandie” – this was how this old house was named.
My Photo Essay《香港园圃街与狮城宏茂桥公园, 品味双城鸟语花香》Published in LianheZaobao 联合早报 Newspapers Dated 8 October 2016
A happy start to the weekend! My photo essay under my pen name 笔名 "蓝天游" on《香港园圃街与狮城宏茂桥公园，品味双城鸟语花香》is published in today's LianheZaobao 联合早报缤纷版 dated 8 October 2016! 感谢、感恩! Thrilled to see it being featured nationwide in print! Special thanks to Lianhe Zaobao, you have made my day! :)
My Photo Essay On The Historical Fremantle Prison 探索西澳最古老的监狱 弗里曼特尔监狱 Published In Travellution《畅游行》Issue 44
Happy October! My photo essay on the historic Fremantle Prison in Perth 探索西澳最古老的监狱 弗里曼特尔监狱 is published in the Travellution Singapore Magazine 《畅游行》Issue 44. Special thanks to the editorial team. You've made my day! ;)
The Nanjing Road in Shanghai is unique. It is a blend of both the West's and the East's value reflecting from commerce style,culture and history. Nanjing Road has been well-known as China's premier shopping street since the 1930s and now become an icon of shanghai which representing the city's dynamic development.
It's quite an experience to cruise through this long pedestrian street paved with colored bricks and stones, with pedestrian traffic flowing irresistably and sightseeing trains trundling through small stalls and boutique shops. This is one of the best places where one can savor up Shanghai's signature modern metropolitan style, with the rickshaws, incense shops, and classic cigarette ads being a thing of past.
Photo Documentary On 398 Canteen At Seletar Camp Featured In Mindef's Web Series "Then and Now: A Look at Former SAF Camps - The Seletar Camp"
I ever did a photo documentary (see blog post at this link) relating to the 398 Canteen at the Seletar Camp which has been featured in part of an 8 part web series titled, "Then and Now: A Look at Former SAF Camps". The premise of the series is to show how former military camps have changed over the years, and this episode features how Seletar Camp has been transformed into Seletar Aerospace Park.
外滩在英语里是 Bund，意思是 “有堤岸的港埠”。西方人称之为 Bund，中国人则称此地为外滩。
One of the most historic cities in Asia, Shanghai truly has something for everyone. No matter what your pleasure – architecture, food, art, culture, or breathtaking scenery, you’re sure to find it in this coastal Chinese metropolis. One of the most popular destinations in Shanghai for tourists and locals alike, the Bund is a waterfront walkway that stretches one mile along the bank of the Huangpu River.
Each city has its own iconic landmarks which have been lingering in people’s minds either due to their greatness or intriguing stories behind them. Shanghai architectural landmarks mainly epitomize the colonial buildings set up in the early 1900s and the modern and futuristic architectures constructed in late 1900s and early 2000s, the two main periods for the massive city construction in Shanghai. Lined by dozens of impressive and historical buildings, it’s surely a sight to see so please don’t forget your camera!
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