Tourist at home: Be a Crazy Rich Asian for a day

SINGAPORE – I am seeing Singapore in a newer light, just because it is joyfully oddball to go on a Crazy Rich Asians tour of a city I have known all my life. More than that, it is a new experience to time-travel between a vanished Singapore and its glitzy 2020 facade in a vintage Vespa sidecar tootling to luxe […]

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No boarding pass required

Longing to travel but stuck in Singapore indefinitely? With the European Union countries reopening their borders selectively in time for summer on July 1, here are three continental destinations that have been glowingly depicted on the big screen. These summery films will entertain and transport globetrotters elsewhere, at a time when leisure travel for Singaporeans seems unlikely till next year. […]

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Around the world with classic cocktails

My grandfather passed away recently at the age of 98. He had a sweet tooth and loved a tall glass of beer, an indulgence I encouraged despite my relatives’ objections. We were halfway across the world from each other – I live in Europe and he in Australia. I wish we had the chance to enjoy a beer or hot […]

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Virtual tour: Flower hunting in Kyoto with Mori the forest dog

KYOTO – A globetrotter buddy pings me on WhatsApp one Sunday afternoon at 2.50pm. “Hey, my friend has a virtual Kyoto flower tour at 3pm,” she says. “Somebody pulled out last minute. You interested?” And so, 10 minutes later, a Zoom link on my iPad teleports me to the gardens of the Kyoto Imperial Palace on a sparkling late-spring day […]

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I swopped wanderlust for staying home and found that I liked it

SINGAPORE – My name is Clara and I am a travel addict. Like every addiction, it crept up on me. I cover travel, so it was normal to look up flight deals or browse travel blogs in the middle of the work day. I sought the rush of booking plane tickets and would fritter away precious vacation time fantasising about […]

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Art in the open: 7 free installations that go beyond the confines of a museum

Cooped-up travellers who need their cultural fix can go anywhere in the world now on artsy virtual tours. But when the planet emerges from lockdown, I wonder if we will still trade the confines of our four walls for constrictive or crowded museums? The pandemic will change the way people travel. Rather than rubbing shoulders with potentially asymptomatic museumgoers, imagine […]

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Art in the open

Cooped-up travellers who need their cultural fix can go anywhere in the world now on artsy virtual tours. But when the planet emerges from lockdown, I wonder if we will still trade the confines of our four walls for constrictive or crowded museums? The pandemic will change the way people travel. Rather than rubbing shoulders with potentially asymptomatic museumgoers, imagine […]

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Sit back and get out there

Marvel at Sweden’s Northern Lights Scandinavian temperatures to watch the Northern Lights online. Lights Over Lapland, a travel company that guides tourists through Abisko National Park in Sweden, has posted time lapses of the aurora borealis on its website. Stunning streaks of bright green light dance in the video, a mesmerising sight from afar. Go to: lightsoverlapland.com/virtual-aurora-tours Climb the Great […]

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