Transport infrastructure in Singapore shines.
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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?
Don't tell me it's supply and demand, as I have a few good, and probably quite angry arguments against that. READ MORE »
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.
But just take a look at how clean and tidy it is when the day is finished: READ MORE »
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.
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
"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.
In Kota Kinabalu, tourism, as an industry, is in the first place. From the rear end. READ MORE »
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 »
Kuala Lumpur's Chinatown is a rather good place to stay. 24 hour shops, 24 hour internet cafes, economic accommodation. READ MORE »
True explorers go to jungle and stay there for a month. In mud, rain, bitten by leeches and mosquitoes. Sometimes get a chance to spot some wildlife. READ MORE »
Call me old-fashioned, but I have always imagined roller coasters to be in outdoor amusement parks. Realized my mistake when saw an indoor one, in Berjaya Times Square. READ MORE »