Taking the Train to Lapland (and back)

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So I’ve detailed what we got up to in Lapland, let me tell you how we got there and back without taking to the skies. It may not be known to people outside of Finland (it wasn’t to me) but there is an excellent rail network in place. One of the most popular trains is…

Singapore Food Staples: Popiah (and some more Carrot Cake)

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Balestier Road is an odd one. You can go there with a very wild and varied shopping list (freshly ground coffee, light fittings, a fancy new toilet, and you could stay in a cheap but dingy hotel if all the shopping wore you out). I will miss walking down Balestier. It is also known for…

Singapore Food Staples: Rojak

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“You must try rojak before you leave Singapore” some crazy person said to me at some point. So with my days dwindling down on the red dot I wandered many a hawker centre and decreed that if I saw it I would eat it. I saw it. I tried to eat it. The venue was…

Singapore Food Staples: Chicken Rice

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THE national dish of Singapore. Probably. Capital “the”. Just in case you thought I was being liberal with the shift key. “Chicken rice, really!?” I hear you scoff and mumble around your KFC. Listen up. It’s good. Better than finger lickin’. Trust me. You can get chicken rice everywhere. I went to a hawker centre…

Bite Size Review: Thai Tantric

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There is a building in Singapore called Orchard Towers. It goes by another rhyming moniker… It has four floors. And certain females “work” there. Do the math. It’s a dodgy building which you can’t really walk around as a lone male without getting cajoled or cat-called into a darker realm. Nestled between the business emporiums…

Stereophonics Live in Singapore 2018

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I donned my ranger’s jacket, compass, backpack, hiking boots, and a grimace to make my way over to the far west of Singapore to catch Stereophonics this week. The [email protected] in Jurong East has become a popular event venue in recent months for small to medium bands to visit. A lil’ out of the way…

Bite Size Review: Wild Honey

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Wild Honey has two branches in Singapore; one in Scotts Square and one in the Mandarin Gallery. We rolled into the Scotts Square establishment early on a Saturday evening. Decor is quite homely and living roomy. We were greeted by a hostess at the door and in a brain spasm I said we had a…

Finnair Economy Comfort Helsinki to Singapore Airbus 350-900

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As Finland will be our new home come June we planned a trip to check out our proposed city of dreams (Helsinki) with Finnair. People are surprised when they find out Finnair fly direct to Singapore daily but it’s a pretty popular route nonetheless. It takes about 11 hours and 30 minutes SIN-HEL and 10…

Singapore Food Staples: Mee Siam

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I meandered towards Robert Mee Siam recently to try out a quite underwhelming (visually) dish called Mee Siam. It was perhaps one of the weirdest (but not in a bad sense) taste experiences so far. “What even is it?” I asked as I experienced the various tastes with each chopstickfull? Let me ask the internet……

Singapore Food Staples: Nasi Lemak

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Nasi Lemak is probably the most boring looking plate you might get in Singapore but it packs a huge amount of flavour in its different elements. Trust me. Originating in Malaysia, this dish brings together fried chicken, coconut rice, fried egg, dried/fried anchovies, and sambal (a sweet and sometimes slightly spicy sauce). If you’re lucky…