Camel Safari, Jaisalmer

When we backpacked around India, we visited Jaisalmer on the western edges of Rajathan. Neighbouring the Thar desert, we explored the dunes in an overnight camel trek. Each February, a colourful desert festival takes place and involves camel racing, prizes for the longest moustache and turban tying competitions.

Batam Spa Day

Yesterday, my friend and I were up at the ungodly hour of 5:30am, heading to Harbourfront ferry terminal to catch a boat across to Sekupang in Batam. Once we were safely across, the spa picked us up and we arrived at the Tempat Senang Spa retreat after ten minutes on the road. We had booked…

Gone Crabbing

I knelt down to scoop up a small crab. It was the same shade of brown as the mud and only visible by its scuttling pointed legs. Tiny holes bubbled and served as escape hatches for the luckier ones. I plopped the crab into my bucket to meet its friends who were nibbling on strips…

Guide to Sanur, Bali

In December last year, my family and I spent 2 weeks in Sanur on the southeastern coast of Bali. Some travellers call this place ‘Snore’ as it is more relaxed than the party towns of Kuta and Seminyak on the west, but here is what we found: Where to eat There are lots of local…

Skin

As I was reading on the summer lawn, a shadow passed across the pages of my book. I squinted skywards. “Is that real?” “Yes.” My boyfriend’s mother looked at my tattoo and quietly walked away. I felt as though I had let her down. I had my first tattoo when I was seventeen. It was…

Classroom Curiosities XXII

This week I bring you a cheese fanatic, a Lego lover and an inappropriate question: Exceptions Teaching English can be tough. You teach a class a grammar rule, then have to explain the exceptions when the students counter with irregular examples (of which there are many). For instance, after teaching that manner adverbs follow verbs…

WordPress : Pages and Themes

I’ve been on WordPress for five years now, and I was faithful to the Twenty Ten theme until a few weeks ago. I had always found the Pages infuriating- tagging my content or sorting it into Categories didn’t magically sort my posts into the right pages. Instead, I was left to arduously copy my content…

Classroom Curiosities XXI

It’s National Day here in Singapore, so to celebrate, here is the latest round-up from my students: Fairytale felons Those three little pigs need to recycle: Wolf whistle If catcalling actually worked: Put your phones down A poignant reminder to be in the present: Brightening my doorway One of my students drew this candle for…