Category Archives: Travel

Playing great-grandfather’s violin at Auschwitz’s gates

FOR years, Ashleigh Vissel’s great-grandfather’s violin sat in disrepair on top of her grandfather’s wardrobe. It hadn’t been played for more than six decades — since Jacob Vissel, its original owner, died in Auschwitz in 1944. While Ashleigh played the

Playing great-grandfather’s violin at Auschwitz’s gates

FOR years, Ashleigh Vissel’s great-grandfather’s violin sat in disrepair on top of her grandfather’s wardrobe. It hadn’t been played for more than six decades — since Jacob Vissel, its original owner, died in Auschwitz in 1944. While Ashleigh played the

Sydney’s top 10 kids’ attractions

SYDENY may be a cosmopolitan city known for its eateries, pubs and colorful nightlife, but don’t be totally fooled. By day, this family-friendly city also offers loads to do to keep the little ones amused, too. Here’s a list of

Sydney’s top 10 kids’ attractions

SYDENY may be a cosmopolitan city known for its eateries, pubs and colorful nightlife, but don’t be totally fooled. By day, this family-friendly city also offers loads to do to keep the little ones amused, too. Here’s a list of

Single white female in Hanoi

SIX months into her stint working as an English teacher in Vietnam, Carolyn Shine realised she was experiencing a serious case of culture shock as soon as her eyes spotted an unusual looking platter in a Hanoian restaurant. “It was

Single white female in Hanoi

SIX months into her stint working as an English teacher in Vietnam, Carolyn Shine realised she was experiencing a serious case of culture shock as soon as her eyes spotted an unusual looking platter in a Hanoian restaurant. “It was

Are Kangaroo Island’s koalas under threat?

SOUTH Australia’s Kangaroo Island may have gotten its name because of the abundance of native kangaroos running wild through its dense bushland. But there is another furry, Australian icon also living on the 4,405–kilometer island that’s become a top draw

Are Kangaroo Island’s koalas under threat?

SOUTH Australia’s Kangaroo Island may have gotten its name because of the abundance of native kangaroos running wild through its dense bushland. But there is another furry, Australian icon also living on the 4,405–kilometer island that’s become a top draw

Will the Great Barrier Reef die by 2050?

AUSTRALIA’S Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Queensland may seem indestructible from afar, with its clusters of corals so vast it can be seen from outer space. But despite its great expanse stretching more than 2600 kilometers across the

Will the Great Barrier Reef die by 2050?

AUSTRALIA’S Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Queensland may seem indestructible from afar, with its clusters of corals so vast it can be seen from outer space. But despite its great expanse stretching more than 2600 kilometers across the

5 ways to ring in New Year’s Eve in Sydney

NOT many cities do it better than Sydney when it comes to New Year’s Eve celebrations. From aerial shows to smoking ceremonies to fireworks on the harbour, it’s got it all.

5 ways to ring in New Year’s Eve in Sydney

NOT many cities do it better than Sydney when it comes to New Year’s Eve celebrations. From aerial shows to smoking ceremonies to fireworks on the harbour, it’s got it all.

Traveling parents should be wary of creating iPad junkies

MY 18-month-old toddler still can’t say his grandmother’s name “Mima”, but he has already said the word “iPad”. The first time he said it, my husband and I looked at each other in disbelief. “What did he just say?” my

Traveling parents should be wary of creating iPad junkies

MY 18-month-old toddler still can’t say his grandmother’s name “Mima”, but he has already said the word “iPad”. The first time he said it, my husband and I looked at each other in disbelief. “What did he just say?” my