Submitted by mldas@a1 on Thu, 2016-07-28 17:36
If you're hopping on a Jetstar flight this Saturday for a holiday, be sure to grab a book from the airport lounge before you depart.
As part of the National Library Board's National Reading Movement, Jetstar will be giving out 500 books from July 30 to August 31, to encourage reading among its passengers.
This initiative came after a survey done among 3,900 Singaporeans revealed that more than half read less than five times a year and only seven per cent read when on holiday.
Submitted by mldas@a1 on Thu, 2016-07-28 15:11
Do not be alarmed when a dinosaur receptionist checks you in for your stay at the Henn Na hotel in Sasebo, Nagasaki.
Literally translated as "Weird Hotel", this hotel has been living up to its name by being the first in the world to be staffed almost entirely by robots.
Since its opening in July 2015, the hotel has been praised by guests for its impressive technology, reported Japanese newspaper, Stripes Japan.
Submitted by xwwei@a1 on Thu, 2016-07-28 15:03
1. Bring an empty water bottle.
Instead of buying expensive bottled water at the airport or on-board, fill your own bottle at the water fountain once you're inside the gate or at the water dispenser on the plane.
2. Use contact lens cases for creams.
Don't have travel-sized containers for your moisturiser, cleanser, toothpaste and liquid foundation?
No worries. Contact lens cases are a great substitute if you have a couple of extra ones lying around.
Submitted by rissaho@a1 on Thu, 2016-07-28 12:16
"Friday: Rain with gale force winds?!"
We stared incredulously at the weather forecast pinned on the wall of the Department of Conservation (DOC) office in Queenstown, in the South Island of New Zealand. Visions of my family members huddled and frozen into human popsicles crossed my mind.
Fortunately, for people like us, New Zealand has a handpicked list of hiking (or, as the locals call it, tramping) trails called the Great Walks.
Submitted by jylim@a1 on Thu, 2016-07-28 09:55
Visitors to a landmark skyscraper in Shanghai can put their nerves to the test by walking, leaning off of or sitting down on the outside of one of China's tallest buildings－340.6 meters above the ground.
The Jinmao Tower, in the Lujiazui area of Shanghai's Pudong New Area, will launch a programme on Thursday that allows visitors to walk on an open-air glass walkway outside the building's 88th floor.
Submitted by grongloh@a1 on Wed, 2016-07-27 19:00
At the foot of one of Australia's most famous landmarks, a British artist has created his latest masterpiece.
Deep within Australia's vast desert, a tremendous tower of rock has been forming for some 600 million years.
For Aborigines, Uluru is sacred, full of ancestral spirits and tales of the past.
For tourists, it is a place of historical intrigue and natural beauty.
Submitted by rissaho@a1 on Wed, 2016-07-27 18:16
If you ever go to New Zealand, be sure to stop by Baldwin Street to take an Instagram picture that is sure to make your followers do a double take.
This humble little street in a residential estate in Dunedin has become an unlikely tourist attraction because photos taken on the street create an optical illusion.
When photos of the houses on the street are taken at an angle, they look like they're sinking into the ground.
Submitted by pristeo@a1 on Wed, 2016-07-27 09:14
VISITING Chennai in June is a heatstroke waiting to happen, my friends tell me when I inform them of an imminent shopping trip.
Unfortunately, coordinating a trip with a group of people means that sometimes the most ideal time to travel is when the sun scorches with an unforgiving vengeance.
Chennai is a fascinating city where beauty is often juxtaposed with chaos.
Thousands travel every year to a city where reverence for the religious coexists with a blatant disregard for man-made rules.
Submitted by jylim@a1 on Tue, 2016-07-26 17:51
The samba, the beach, the fresh coconut juice - in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, virtually everything ignites a tireless passion for living.
Each time I hear the seductive rhythms of Antonio Carlos Jobim's bossa nova classic The Girl From Ipanema, it feels like the perfect embodiment of Rio: sexy, spontaneous and incurably romantic.
Brazil has always captivated me. I'm also a huge fan of its national sport, football.
From an early age, I grew up playing football competitively, and even today as an adult, I still play it recreationally.
Submitted by xwwei@a1 on Tue, 2016-07-26 16:38
In 2007, my wife and I had our first safari experience in South Africa. It was a fruitful trip, and we were lucky to see all the Big Five - a term coined by big-game hunters to refer to the five most difficult animals in Africa to hunt on foot. These are the African lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, African leopard and rhinoceros.
Almost 10 years later, we returned to the continent to reprise our safari adventure - this time, in the grasslands and environs of Tanzania.