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Taiwan’s Syue Mountain in pictures; in the perspective of a first-timer

Follow my hike up the 3886m-high Xueshan, the second highest peak of Taiwan, in pictures I took myself!   Want to know how my three-day mountain expedition was? Stay tuned for the exhilarating full story of my very first mountain conquest, in July’s upcoming Issue 88, where I share my…

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The Pattaya Marathon 2019

  Come 21st July, Thailand’s charming beachside city will unveil the long-awaited Pattaya Marathon to runners from all walks of life all over the world. Join thousands of participants for a most rewarding run on one of the most beautiful marathon routes through the stunning east coasts of Thailand.  …

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World Wai Kru Muay Thai Ceremony

The Muay Thai fight does not begin until its fighters dance.   The crowd is uproarious as the Piphat ensemble strums up strains of classical music. The fighter, decked out in satin shorts, prajioud and the traditional mongkol headdress, commences with energetic yet graceful movements that is the Wai Khru…

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Bucket List Series: The Great White North

The second largest country in the world, painted white with snowy Arctic frozen tundra and north of the United States. Hence, the Great White North.   An apt nickname for Canada, home to the nicest, most apologetic people ever – the Internet wields enough pictorial proof of these lovely folk.   …

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A Bustling Throwback: Hội An Old Town

Preserved.    A striking glimpse of the old. Or maybe time just didn’t move.   Chinese temples dot the town. The Japanese Covered Bridge looms mysteriously. Ancient houses line up rivetingly.   No road traffic. No high-rise buildings. No modern façade.   The dated heritage is apparent.   Above: Riverside…

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Bucket List Series: The Gift of the Nile

You know this land by its pyramids, pharaohs, deserts and camels.   Yes, these concoct the very zest of quintessential Egypt. After all, Egypt is, in all her glory, a flavourful synthesis of the contemporary and the time-honoured.        a peek into egypt’s hallowed past   Surely, it…

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Bucket List Series: The Land of Fire & Ice

Think Iceland: a wintry sweep of frozen terrains perhaps characteristic of its namesake. Icy topography and biting winds aside, that isn’t all there is here.   Hallmarked by her dramatic landscapes, the stunning North Atlantic island flaunts a cache brimming with inimitable experiences, Iceland-style.   FIRST AND FOREMOST, discovering this…

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Into The World’s Happiest Country

  Welcome to the land of happiness – the joy sure is infectious even to the passing traveller. This little nation is known for having fashioned a remarkable way to measure Gross National Happiness, an index equally, if not more prioritised on the government’s agenda than the Gross Domestic Product…

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The FIT Summit Photo Highlights

From insightful talks about the nooks and crannies of the fitness industry to in-depth panels of industry leaders, The FIT Summit held on 20thMarch, successfully connected Asia-Pacific’s health, wellness and fitness industry.

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5 Locations You Need to Visit if You Are a Game of Thrones Fan

As the release date for the popular HBO television series’ final season draws closer, we take a look at some of the show’s most scenic filming locations. Westeros is on Earth, it seems?   The Dark Hedges Northern Ireland   Photo courtesy of Giuseppe Milo   It’s eerie. It’s dodgy.…

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Myth Busting: The Russian Enigma

  It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma. In the words of Winston Churchill, this is Russia. But is it really?   Through Hollywood’s lens, Russia is a country of criminals, spies and the Russian mafia. From evil Russian oligarch Yuri Komarov of A Good Day…

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Bali’s Gates of Heaven

Above: The Gates of Heaven   Before you delve into this Indonesian intrigue, you might want to explore Turkmenistan’s Gates of Hell.   Perhaps we are all too familiar with the Instagram famous Balinese gate shown below.     Poised in a regal and antediluvian form, it is picture perfect,…

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Venturing into Volcanoes

Plumes of smoke spewing ash, red-hot lava running in a viscous flow, swirls of black volcanic rock beneath your feet. It is the epitome of a thrilling volcano adventure.   Unsurprisingly, volcano tourism has been on the rise in recent years, with Hawaii an identified hotspot (pun intended) – namely…

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Turkmenistan’s Gates of Hell

Above: Photo courtesy of Stefan Krasowski   Flaming hot. Fiery pits of burning angst.   No wonder they named it after the hell-bound.   Nestled within the Karakum Desert in Turkmenistan, the blaze is ceaseless. Molten and red-hot, it’s a stunning sight to behold. It’s almost as if the visitor…

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Japan’s Most Bizarre Eats: Can You Stomach It?

Home to some of the strangest foods in the world, Japanese cuisine may come as a shock to many. Brace yourself as we bring you our top weird picks – only for the strong stomachs!     Katsu Ika Odori-don – Dancing Squid Bowl Imagine your meal still writhing on…

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