Explore Balestier Singapore

There are many Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall in the world, and one at Balestier Singapore. The two story mansion has changed many owners. First the classical colonial villa was built by a wealthy Chinese businessman Boey Chuan Poh on a sugar plantation owned by Joseph Balestier. Then, the villa changes few owners and lastly …

Paris : Versailles Palace

Palace of Versailles was the official residence of the Kings of France from 1682 until 1790. It was first used as a hunting lodge by Louis’s father, then expanded by Louis XIV also known as Louis the Great or the Sun King!  The Sun King has a sentimental reason for choosing Versailles and make it as …

Singapore Toa Payoh Park has become a party ground for the Domestic Helpers!

Toa Payoh seems to a typical Singapore neighborhood towns, but do you know it s actually the grandfather of all public housing towns in Singapore? Even Queen Elizabeth II visited Toa Payoh town in 1972 and again in 2006. Chinese ex-Premier Wen Jiaboa also visited the town in 2007, as this is one of the …

Malaysia : Malacca Trip – Historical trail in Bandar Malacca

Coming to Melaka is more like coming back to my home, catching up with old school mates.  It is only 3 hours drive from Singapore if there is no traffic jam at the Singapore and Malaysia customs.  There are so many changes every time I visited this place, especially after Melaka city added to Unseco …

Tanjong Pagar also known as Little Korean Town in Singapore!

What I like most about Tanjong Pagar is the historical bright color shophouses, and exploring the alleys with interesting culinary selection, from cheap to expensive fine dinning. Tanjong Pagar means “Cape of Stakes” – it refer to the wooden stakes (kelong) that hold up fishing villages in water. Yes, this place is used to be …

Yunnan : Shangri La/香格里拉 the Little Tibet!

Shangri-la is located at the northern border of Yunnan Province, with Tibet to its west and Sichuan to it east. Our next stop after Lijiang is Shangri-la, only about 200 km north of Lijiang. Have you wonder how did the name came about? The original name is called Zhongdian/中甸 but then renamed to Shangri la …