A morning at the Lian Shan Shuang Lin Monastery

Sometimes you don't need to wander too far to find peaceful, exquisite places - especially in a city like Singapore. Venture three stops on the MRT past the bustling Orchard Road to find yourself face to face with a 120 year old Buddhist temple and monastery, founded in 1898 and completed in 1907 by Low … Continue reading A morning at the Lian Shan Shuang Lin Monastery

Tioman Island – not much has changed since the days of South Pacific

A recent browse for idealic beaches just a stone's throw from Singapore led me straight to an island off the coast of Malaysia called Tioman.  As a seasoned traveller, I had preconceived ideas about what this long weekend away might look like.  Being Easter weekend, I imagined hoards of tourists crowding on boats, full hotels … Continue reading Tioman Island – not much has changed since the days of South Pacific