How's it hangin'?

In Myanmar, takeaway drink means this:

Plastic bag with green soft drink and a straw, Kyaukme, Myanmar
Takeaway soft drink

 

In Singapore, this:  READ MORE »

Pub crawling in Singapore

Just by looking at the picture, where would you say this is located?

Cozy riverside pub in Singapore

Cozy riverside pub in Singapore

 

I'd say London. Cozy pub, football on the TV, beer on the tables.  READ MORE »

Exemplary public transport

Transport infrastructure in Singapore shines.

A family is looking at the interactive schedule to find out when is their next bus arriving

A family is looking at the interactive schedule to find out when is their next bus arriving

 

There are:  READ MORE »

Lucy in the sky with mojitos

Would anyone care to explain why a mojito cocktail in Singapore's prime spot, New Asia bar, located on the 71st floor of the Swiss hotel, costs 7 USD, while the same cocktail in 22nd floor of Reval Hotel's Skybar in Vilnius, Lithuania, costs nearly double?

Interior of New Asia bar. Floor 71, Swissotel, Singapore

Interior of New Asia bar. Floor 71, Swissotel, Singapore

 

Don't tell me it's supply and demand, as I have a few good, and probably quite angry arguments against that.  READ MORE »

The beauty of road construction works

Ok, folks, show and tell time.
Will start with tell.

When we have the road repairs going on back home, the street is a mess, there are tractors and bulldozers all around, destroying everything they can.
When the work's finished for the day, heavy machinery stays in places, with the engines turned off, waiting for the next day to begin.

In Singapore, during the road repairs, it is active as well:
Road repair and construction works in Singapore

Road repair and construction works in Singapore

 

But just take a look at how clean and tidy it is when the day is finished:  READ MORE »

Sun and the magic hour — two easy photography tips

If you like taking pictures at the sunset, I have two tips.

 

First - do it at the right time

In photography books, they call it "the magic hour". It happens two times a day, just before and after sunrise, and just before and after sunset.
The light during the magic hour is magic indeed. The word which is misleading in this term is an "hour".
It's much shorter than that, maybe five minutes or so, depending on the weather.
Let me illustrate.

A view at the city from above, Singapore
This first picture was taken at 7.15 P.M. Quite grey and boring. The sky was covered with a fog, so not even a lone cloud could make it more interesting.  READ MORE »

The dirt of Singapore

Restrictive signs in metro, Singapore

Restrictive signs in metro, Singapore

 

We're in Singapore. Nice, clean, efficient. A Swiss watch.

 

Now, before I will post my further notes about this city state, I have to confess that most of them have a good chance to become a panegyric.

For the sake of objectiveness, though, the first has a shade of negativity.  READ MORE »

Pirate infested Strait of Malacca

Small but colorful fishing ship in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

Small but colorful fishing ship in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

 

There are at least 3 things "pirate" in Malaysia. The first two are pirated DVDs of "Pirates of the Caribbean". Rather unharmful, even aesthetically and mentally pleasing.

The third is quite different.  READ MORE »

Rise and shine, Asia!

Lady in violet, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

Lady in violet, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

 

With the current economic growth of Asia, some of the analysts believe that the poverty will be down to a minimum, and the middle class will be dominant, all in 20-30 years.  READ MORE »

Redefining "early"

Chinese people doing early morning excersises on Sunday in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

Chinese people doing early morning excercises on Sunday in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

 

What do you usually do at 06.34 in the morning on Sunday?

Probably the same as I do - sleep, and hope to do the same at least for 3 or 4 hours more.

What do Chinese people do at the same time in Malaysia?  READ MORE »

Routine rears its ugly head

Lonely client of a gym in the evening, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

Lonely client of a gym in the evening, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

 

Today, sitting in a bar on the street of Kota Kinabalu I had a very strong feeling.

It pierced me like a spear, reminding all the sorrow time while living a corporate life.  READ MORE »

The rise and fail of Kota Kinabalu

Seaside in city of Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

Seaside in city of Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

 

"Couldn't have a dip in the sea in Semporna, as there was no beach, but we'll surely catch up with that in Kota Kinabalu", we thought arriving to Malaysia's 10th biggest city, capital of Sabah province.

Rats.

In Kota Kinabalu, tourism, as an industry, is in the first place. From the rear end.  READ MORE »

Any "porna" in Semporna?

Malay woman wearing a head wrap, walking away from a mosque, Semporna, Malaysia

Malay woman wearing a head wrap, walking away from a mosque, Semporna, Malaysia

 

A few common sights in Malaysia:  READ MORE »

Sea'll wait

Speedboat in the port of Semporna, Malaysia

Speedboat in the port of Semporna, Malaysia

 

Landing to Tawau in the eastern point of Malaysia's Sabah, and arriving to a town of Semporna, sea was THE thing occupying our minds. Spending landlocked months in Laos, Myanmar and Nepal, we started missing the refreshing sea breeze, badly.

Besides, Pulau Sipadan, the island, is considered one of the world's top five places for diving.  READ MORE »

Fake goods, real business

Jalan Sultan road at night, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Jalan Sultan road at night, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 

Kuala Lumpur's Chinatown is a rather good place to stay. 24 hour shops, 24 hour internet cafes, economic accommodation.  READ MORE »

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