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This is a album of some of the most memorable times in my travels; moments that deserve their own albums in addition to being in my travel blogs.

Memories of Papua in 2014

posted 20 Jun 2017, 23:26 by Alex Chan   [ updated 20 Jun 2017, 23:28 ]

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Memories from an adventure on the world's second largest island, Papua.  [View photos]

The Malay vs Indonesian Language

posted 4 Mar 2017, 01:05 by Alex Chan   [ updated 4 Mar 2017, 01:22 ]

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My travels in Indonesia, from Aceh to Papua, and also in its former territory Timor Leste has been enriched by being able to converse with locals in their language and gaining additional insight into their hearts and minds. It’s not always foolproof as there are some differences between the Malay and Indonesian languages. Let’s go through some of them.  [View photos]

Thaipusam 2017 in Singapore

posted 14 Feb 2017, 19:33 by Alex Chan   [ updated 14 Feb 2017, 19:35 ]

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Thaipusam, a Tamil Hindu festival celebrated on a large scale in a few cities in the world. It's an awesome sight and experience to see it here in Singapore but if you want a complete assault on your senses, try it in Kuala Lumpur next year.  [View photos]

Adventures in Natuna

posted 14 Feb 2017, 19:17 by Alex Chan   [ updated 14 Feb 2017, 19:31 ]

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Natuna Besar, an Indonesian island in the South China Sea is about 2.5x the size of Singapore. It is stunningly beautiful but unspoilt in terms of tourism. It is also increasingly militarised due to the presence of Chinese navy ships and illegal foreign fishing vessels.  [View photos]

Scenes from Zanzibar

posted 2 Sep 2015, 01:34 by Alex Chan   [ updated 2 Sep 2015, 01:41 ]

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Zanzibar, just off the Tanzanian mainland, is an eclectic mix of African, Omani Arab and Indian. This is also Freddie Mercury's birth place. Born Faroukh Bulsara, he is of Parsi (Indianised Persian) origin.  [View photos]

Tanzania's North and its National Parks

posted 2 Sep 2015, 01:33 by Alex Chan   [ updated 2 Sep 2015, 01:40 ]

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Scenes from northern Tanzania and its National Parks.  [View photos]

Sibu, gateway to the heart of Borneo

posted 2 Feb 2015, 00:56 by Alex Chan   [ updated 2 Feb 2015, 01:01 ]

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I thought that olde Borneo had died on the Malaysian side till I came back to Sibu after an absence of about 18 years. Set on the banks of the Rejang River, it serves as the gateway to areas in the interior accessible only by river boats.  [View photos]

De-glamourising my travels

posted 9 Dec 2014, 01:10 by Alex Chan

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I think we’re all guilty of sharing our shiniest moments on facebook, more so than our other moments. Here’s my attempt to redress that by sharing the less glamorous aspects of my travel.  [View photos]

Some of my favourite travel photos

posted 9 Dec 2014, 01:09 by Alex Chan

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I recently reviewed my travel photos to choose for enlargements on to A2-sized canvas to decorate the home. It was tough choosing between them but I enjoyed the memories they brought back. Hope you enjoy them too.  [View photos]

Remembering Syria the way it was (and never will be again)

posted 1 Sep 2014, 02:16 by Alex Chan

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Whenever I'm asked about my favourite country, the answer was always Syria without doubt. It offered a mix of Greek, Roman, Crusader, Ottoman and Arab cultural relics. Add to that, the hospitable people, good food and excellent value-for-money, you'll understand why I made three visits between 2002 and 2010 (just months before it descended into chaos).  [View photos]

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