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Singapore is a relatively small country—a train can connect you to literally anywhere in the city. All you need to do is follow the maps and signs, and you should be just fine!


Still, it might be difficult to navigate. After all, Singapore is incredibly diverse and in a single train car alone, you could be stuck with about ten different nationalities speaking all at once. I’d never felt more like that biblical story with the Tower of Babel. It can get overwhelming to say the very least.


So here’s where my Teacher Mode kicks in, and I’ve come up with a very quick guide on how to get through your first Singapore trip unscathed.



Get your EZ-Link first!


It can be tempting to just hail a cab to get around places but really, half the adventure is on traveling Singapore is the commuting around!


One time, a man sat next to me on the train and he was playing games on his phone. He got bored so he just randomly downloaded an app to Thai Airlines, and booked himself a bloody holiday to Tenerife. It was insane! But bloody brilliant as well—and that’s the kind of thing you’d miss out on if you didn’t take the local’s way around.


An EZ-Link is a kind of card that is reloadable and it basically works like an Oyster card! Plus, the trains and buses tend to be a lot cheaper than a GrabCar, anyway. Just make sure you’ve always got at least S$5 in your card—otherwise you might get in trouble.



Always make the time for Uncle Ice Cream!


The locals call the ice cream vendors here as “uncle” – don’t know why but it’s brilliant – and the dollar ice creams are incredible. (Okay, S$1.20 but hey, tough times in this economy!)


I say this because I find that it’s really important to support local businesses when you’re in a foreign country. Ice cream vendors like these uncles are the backbone of this society and if you’re there, you might as well try what they’ve got to offer. I’d personally recommend the durian ice cream – if you can’t handle the smell of the fruit when it’s fresh, the ice cream has got all the flavour (with a few more calories involved!)


And, if you must know, John favours the tuttifrutti ice creams—it gives those unicorn frappuchinos from Starbucks a run for their money.


Bugis first, Orchard last!


Granted, the most popular thing to do in Singapore is to shop. There’s stuff to buy everywhere! Besides the Merlion and Marina Bay Sands, most of the other tourist places are filled to the teeth with shoppers and boutiques, so I don’t really blame you.


However, if you can gain anything from this post, I have to say—go to Bugis Village first, and make your last shopping trip at Orchard road.


Bugis is a thrift store aficionado’s heaven. There’s a sale on every corner and you can actually haggle for really nice clothes, when they’re already S$15 per top, at most. Plus, there’s a really cute cat café just upstairs of Burger King (it’s by the primary entrance of Bugis Village, it’s hard to miss). Also, pay a visit to Ned’s on the second floor of Bugis—they’ve got the most amazing strawberry nutella soft crepe I have ever had in my life!


Now, go to Orchard on your last shopping day—because that’s really where you want to spend your last cent. If you’ve managed to drop by during June (the nationwide month for sales), this is definitely the place to be. All the big-name international brands are along this road and this is where you want to splurge on things for yourself, and for souvenirs!


And there’s even at least two Ice Cream Uncles every ten steps, approximately. (Probably.)


Hope you enjoyed my little list. Singapore’s a wonderful city and it’s up to you on where you want to go. But keep in mind to be friendly and supportive to the local community, especially since a lot of the employees in retail and fast food are quite old in age.


Keep safe, have fun in this fine city, and be kind!


Winnie x


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Have you ever seen the film The Terminal?


It’s this 2004 movie with Tom Hanks and Catherine Zeta-Jones where Tom plays this guy called Viktor Navorski who gets trapped in an airport for nearly a year because of a conflict in his fictional home country that then cancelled out his visa. A delay is one the traveler’s arch nemeses and while not all of them last quite that long, sometimes they might as well feel like them.


Having said that—I wouldn’t mind getting stuck in Changi Airport for a few months, if you know what I’m saying.



What’s so special about Changi Airport?


Changi Airport has been voted the Best Airport in the World, and this is not something that anyone should take for granted.


Some well-to-do students from nearby countries even do so much as fly over to Changi Airport just for the weekend for a quick getaway, or just some time to study in an area with some of the world’s fastest wifi. It’s a great place to shop, chill, and even have a few adventures!


There are luxuries everywhere from the shops down to the sleekly carpeted floors. There are even desktops and massage chairs planted strategically throughout the area for weary travelers who need to check or update some things, or just need to put their tired feet up. I know I used up a lot of time on their massage chairs for my aching feet—Changi Airport is absolutely huge and there’s so much to see!


In fact, the care doesn’t stop there are Changi Airport does have snooze lounges available for people who are stuck in there for quite a long layover. It feels as if you’re staying in a five star hotel, with the way they treat you there, and it’s so different from the other airport experiences that I’ve had. Its staff are friendly, helpful, and a lot of them are actually multilingual so there’s hardly even a language barrier!



Adventures at Changi


If you know me, you know that I’ll never pass up an opportunity for a quick adventure. And Changi Airport is full of them as there are seven beautiful gardens with such incredible sights to see!


John, of course, was absolutely taken with the Butterfly Garden—and I don’t blame him! Not just for the pretty, fluttering wings but there were also so many beautiful and rare plants in their garden that it felt like you were in some kind of fairytale. For a while, I’d thought that I was already too old for fairytales and that I’d grown out of them. This kind of life has taught me differently!


The fun doesn’t stop there as Changi Airport also has a free indoor pool! Yes, an actual pool inside an airport! And it’s free for public use—how absolutely incredible is that? And if that’s not enough, there’s also a cinema (that is also free) and a game station so you can entertain yourself and pass the time. What kind of airport even does this?


(Really, I wish all airports had this. I’d love to take a dip and catch the latest Disney film while trapped in a seemingly endless layover!)


And of course, you can’t talk about the adventures in Changi Airport without talking about its massive slide. That thing is bloody huge and terrifying – but of course, John and I went for it. (It was a tiny bit humiliating having to queue up for the world’s largest slides and have the people next to you be kids around the ages of 12-16; luckily, we weren’t the only the adults who wanted to go so we didn’t feel too bad!) It only cost S$10 to go on the 12-metre slide – that’s nearly 4 stories tall, mind you! – and honestly, it’s worth every cent. It’s so exhilarating! I genuinely still have trouble picturing this as an airport, really—but once you get to Changi Airport, you’ll know.


Singapore is a wonderful country with many charming, hidden gems – like that one crepe shop that I found in Bugis Village where I had the greatest crepe of my life, but that’s a story for another time – and it’s great to know that the adventure begins right at the airport. And it’s no boring walkthrough where you just wait and stay still, either. Find out for yourself, if you don’t believe me!


Anyway, that’s all from me. Hope you’re well. See ya!


Winnie x


Cairo The Conqueror

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Cairo, Egypt is a must visit city. The city has been around for thousands of years and its name translates in Arabic to “Al Qahera” which means “the conqueror” an indication of its ability to stand tall against all invaders, and there have been many. Being Egypt’s capital also makes it the most technologically advanced of all of Egypt’s cities and foreigners would find most of the services they need day to day.

The best place to stay in Cairo would be in a hotel near the Nile which is the 2nd longest river in the world following the Amazon River. The hotels there have a beautiful view as they overlook the Nile and some even get a view of the great pyramids of Giza. They’re also a few minutes away from the historical Tahrir square which was home to one of the greatest revolutions in history: the 25th of January revolution.

In Tahrir square tourists will also be able to visit the Egyptian Museum which is a host to hundreds and hundreds of Pharaonic artifacts, monuments, and even mummies. In the Egyptian Museum you get to see and learn about the world’s oldest civilization first hand. There are also many restaurants surrounding the Nile and you can even rent a boat and take a ride in the beautiful weather.

Cairo’s biggest sellers have to be one of the world’s wonders: the great pyramids of Giza. Technically located in another city, the pyramids aren’t that far away from the Nile and are a site to behold. There are multiple activities at the pyramids as tourists can ride horses/camels, play games, and buy souvenirs. Tourists can also enter the pyramids themselves! Just make sure you’re not claustrophobCairo The Conqueroric.

More places to visit in Cairo include Borg Al Qahera which is one of the tallest buildings in Egypt and Salah ElDin’s citadel which is located almost in the center of the city and is host to one of the greatest mosques in Egypt.

Overall a trip to Cairo is necessary for all of its wonders and the unique experience. Just be prepared for some traffic jams and try to avoid going in the summer as temperatures can reach up to 45 degrees Celsius. Egyptians are mostly kindhearted and will welcome you as one of their own. You’ll find that almost all workers in tourist areas speak English which should make the trip more convenient.

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About me…Winnie :)

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It was my mother’s dream—to see the world, visit a thousand and one places, and live a life she thought she could only read about in stories. Of course, life has other plans and, instead, she and my dad had me. And before she could realize her dream of traveling, she passed away when I was sixteen.

This isn’t a sad story, though. It isn’t a happy one either. But it’s mine.

See, my mother passed on that dream to me now, and this is how my story goes.

My name is Winnie – yes, like the pooh; yes, you can laugh – and I’m 27. Born and raised in Blackpool, studied in London, and now I’m an English teacher. I’m also certified to teach English as a second language, which allows me to find employment pretty much anywhere in the world—so that’s what I do.

I’m an English teacher slash globetrotting explorer slash well, travel blogger now, I suppose.

I’ve been traveling with my husband, John, for the last 3 years. He’s an author-slash-archaeologist… you might have read a few of his articles or books and never even know it. He likes to keep to himself and is very, very private so you won’t be seeing him a lot on here, unfortunately, but I’ll be sure to put in his truly blog-worthy dad jokes and terrible puns whenever I can. Also, he’s the one behind the camera so any photographs are thanks to his keen eye.

So, that’s my story. In three years, we’ve traveled to 14 countries so far, and we don’t plan on stopping. This blog will be a collection of those travels, as well as perhaps some tips and tricks about this kind of lifestyle, if you find yourself interested in that sort of thing—and let me tell you, it’s not that easy or glamorous. There is a certain allure to waking up to a different view every few days or weeks or months, however.

I wanted to start this blog because of my inherited wanderlust from my mother. She always wanted travel adventures worth reading about—so I’m writing it down for her sake. I hope she likes them.

I hope you will like them too.