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How to apply for an Iranian visa on arrival

February 20, 2018

The process to get an Iranian visa for my travel companion and me was relatively simple. We got it on arrival at Tehran International Airport. Most nationalities can qualify for visa on arrival, except for citizens of USA, UK, Canada, Colombia, Somalia, Bangladesh, Jordan, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India, who have to apply for an …
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Ancient wine capital Shiraz

February 19, 2018

Celebrated as the heartland of Persian culture for over 2000 years, Shiraz has become synonymous with education, nightingales, poetry and wine. It was one of the most important cities in the medieval Islamic world and was the Iranian capital during the Zand dynasty (AD 1747–79), when many of its most beautiful buildings were built or …
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Red Hot Chile

February 18, 2018

Santiago, the capital of Chile, is gaining a reputation as one of South America’s coolest cities with creative districts, hip boutique hotels and a vibrant food scene. It is a wonderful city for strolling, and each neighborhood has its unique flavor and tone. Head out during the day to take in the museums, grand architecture …
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Baku – city of wind

February 17, 2018

Welcome to Azerbaijan! This is the Land of Fire and the Pearl of the Caucasus, a land where eastern colours combine magnificently with western progress. Azerbaijan is a country of unique nature, unmatched culture, centuries of history with its customs and traditions and fine cuisine; a place which will satisfy the expectations of the most …
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Flight review SIN-HKG

February 15, 2018

Waiting at Changi Airport to board my plane. Aircraft type was a B777-212  I reached my gate about 40 minutes in advance. I am always impressed with the efficiency of Changi Airport. From the terminal to immigration only took 20 minutes for me and I had time to wander around the shops. Walking past business …
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[Food review] Saveur

February 14, 2018

Outlet visited: Saveur @ Bugis Address: 5 Purvis Street, #01-04, 188584 Nearest MRT: Bugis or City Hall Saveur had a special Valentine’s Day set so we decided to go there to celebrate VDay. Morever, I had been to Saveur before and I was impressed with their quality of food. The cuisine is French and has never …
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Church-hopping in Armenia

February 10, 2018

Armenia is one of the oldest Christian nations in the world. Armenia, as one of the most ancient countries, not only has an ancient culture and rich history, but also ancient religious history, dating back centuries — Christianity from 301 AD, and prehistoric pagan religions dating back centuries before Christ. Armenia, also known as the “Land …
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Kerman, Iran

February 8, 2018

Kerman was not originally on my list of cities to visit in Iran. However, since I had two extra days and didn’t know where to go, my host in Yazd recommended me to go to Kashan. Bushehr and Bandar-e-Abbas were located quite far away from Shiraz, where we were going to catch our flight. Just …
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Northernmost Capital Reykjavik

February 3, 2018

Reykjavik (pronounced as REYK-ya-veek) sits just above the 64th parallel north, making it the world’s northernmost capital city of a sovereign state. Located in southwestern Iceland, a Nordic island country that has Greenland as its nearest neighbour nearly 300km away. It is home to more than 123 000 people, or more than one-third of the total …
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Desert Town Yazd

January 16, 2018

The desert city of Yazd is as picturesque as Middle Eastern cities come. Its well-preserved mud brick old town, distinctive badgirs, or wind-catchers, dotted around the skyline, and numerous historical sites make it a necessary destination for any tourist visiting Iran. With its winding lanes, forest of badgirs, mud-brick houses and delightful places to stay, Yazd …
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Kashan

January 10, 2018

Many travellers opt to bypass Kashan on their journeys between Tehran, Esfahan and Yazd, but this delightful oasis city on the edge of the Dasht-e Kavir is one of Iran’s most alluring destinations. It not only boasts a cluster of architectural wonders, an atmospheric covered bazaar and a Unesco recognised garden, but it also offers …
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Food haven Brussels

January 8, 2018

Belgium is the capital of Belgium and also the de facto capital of the European Union. The “muscle from Brussels” Jean-Claude Van Damme is also born here as well. Ironically, one of the symbols of Brussels is the Manneken Pis, the bronze sculpture of a naked little boy taking a piss. Once a week, there …
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Esfahan – Half the World

January 7, 2018

Esfahan is a city in central Iran, south of Tehran and is the capital of Esfahan Province. The Persians call it “Nesf-e-Jahan”, meaning “Half The World”. Due to its beautiful hand-painted tiling and magnificent public square, it is considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world. An ancient town and capital …
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Tehran

January 3, 2018

Tehran is a conservative city, but it is also home to some of Iranian society’s most liberal strands, particularly behind the closed doors of the tree-lined streets and cul-de-sacs of its northern neighbourhoods. Hugging the lower slopes of the magnificent, snowcapped Alborz Mountains, Tehran is Iran’s most secular and liberal city. Spend time here – …
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Zdravo Belgrade

October 31, 2017

At the crossroads where the Balkans meet Central Europe lies one of Europe’s oldest cities, the capital of Serbia, Belgrade. Although very much a western city, Belgrade’s location and history of inhabitation by many different cultures and civilizations have left it with a feeling of the magic of the east. Belgrade has become one of …
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Bouncing through Botswana

October 22, 2017

Blessed with some of the greatest wildlife spectacles on earth, Botswana is one of the great safari destinations in Africa. After crossing the border from Zambia, I ended up in Kasane which is the gateway to Chobe National Park. Chobe National Park in Botswana has the highest concentration of elephants in the world, it is …
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How to apply for a Pakistan visa in Singapore

September 28, 2017

Besides Russia or India, Singaporean passport holders require a visa to be applied in advance before being allowed to enter Pakistan. This can only be done at the home embassy of the applicant, so for travelers who are in the region now, they must send back their passport to their home country in order to …
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hola Mexico City

September 19, 2017

Mexico has always intrigued me due to the ancient civilisations and beautiful, white, sandy beaches. Mexico is the second largest economy in Latin America and the country caters to all kinds of visitors, from those seeking luxury in the resorts along the Riviera Maya to the backpackers having a slice of the beach at Cancun …
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Cuba, the last socialist paradise

August 13, 2017

Cold war, communist state, trade embargo. These are the three phrases that come to mind whenever someone mentions Cuba. Thanks to our western-dominated media influence, many people do not have a good impression of Cuba. When I informed my family members that I was headed to Cuba, they were all so worried for me and …
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From city centre to check-in

August 5, 2017

Guest post from oneminute.com When coming off long flights, you want to get into the thick of it as soon as possible. Whether it be a taxi or a bus ride, discover the cost and time it takes to hitch a ride in a variety of modes of public transport that will have you exploring …
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Pampanga, Philippines

May 30, 2017

Flying in to Clark Airport is so much more of a breeze compared to flying in to Manila. I took a Cebu Pacific flight from Singapore to Clark to spend the Labour Day long weekend in the Philippines. The future international gateway for the country is currently being built at Clark International Airport. It is planned …
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Songkran in Thailand

April 18, 2017

Songkran festival – also known as the traditional Thai new year – was originally celebrated by sprinkling water on family members and elders for good fortune, and by paying respects to images of the beloved Buddha. Over time, the festival has evolved and it now involves three days of water play, with locals and visitors …
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eat pray love Bali

March 21, 2017

What a tropical paradise Bali is. I had long avoided visiting Bali because it is touristy and filled with drunk Australian tourists. However, I was so wrong! I found my inner peace in Bali. This Indonesian island known for its forested volcanic mountains, iconic rice paddies, beaches and coral reefs is more than meets the eye. …
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Southern Africa on a budget

March 1, 2017

An astonishingly diverse region fused by its prolific wildlife, breathtaking landscapes and remnants of ancient culture, Southern Africa will etch itself on your heart. Most people will immediately think of safaris or impoverished people when ‘Africa’ is mentioned or ask “Is it dangerous?”, but did you know that South Africa is the second largest economy …
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