18 August, Sunday

18 August, Sunday

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18 August, Sunday 

JAPAN, Fukuoka – Itoshima is a seaside city of beautiful beaches, cascading waterfalls and stunning scenic beauty.

One of the most exquisite sights is found on Futamigaura beach, where a stark white torii (Japanese prayer gate) stands.

Artfully uniting the bright blue of the sky and the sea with the pale sand of the beach, this inspiring sight exemplifies the spiritual relationship between the Japanese and the natural world.

17 August, Saturday

17 August, Saturday

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17 August, Saturday

SINGAPORE – In this rarely seen vantage of the Marina Bay area, grey-blue concrete and glass edifices stand as towering symbols of modernity and ambition. Yet cradled in their midst are the simple, orange-roofed low-rises of the generations that came before.

On the ground, the dichotomy is no less fascinating. Once serving as warehouses, homes, offices and shops, historic shophouses in the bustling business district now enjoy a new lease of life, offering refined pickings of a breadth befitting the world’s port-of-call.

16 August, Friday

16 August, Friday

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16 August, Friday 

SINGAPORE – With a design that calls to mind Chinese bamboo steamers stacked atop each other, the National Technological University’s Learning Lab building might well be a pressure cooker for students, especially when exams rolls around.

Thankfully, the intriguing building features cold water circulated via metal coils – an innovative climate control system that is said to be up to 30% more energy efficient than conventional air conditioning. All the better to help young busy minds keep their cool.

15 August, Thursday

15 August, Thursday

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15 August, Thursday

THAILAND, Bangkok – With its signature rainbow marquee tent-tops, Rod Fai (aka Train Night Market) is among Bangkok’s most popular night markets.

Judging by the sheer variety on offer, and now that it’s a lot more conveniently located, Rod Fai is every bargain-hunter’s dream.

Dive into the bustling stalls and haggle the night away for the best pick of street food and local knick-knacks. Need a breather? Make your way up to one of the many second-story bars and revive yourself with a cold beer or two.

14 August, Wednesday

14 August, Wednesday

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14 August, Wednesday

JAPAN, Miyazaki – With calm waters and breathtaking views, Takachiho Gorge is one of the best spots to appreciate Japan’s natural beauty.

The site perhaps owes its supernatural beauty to its spiritual history, being the hiding place of the Shinto Sun Goddess Amaterasu and the disputed landing place of her grandson Ninigi no Mikoto, said to be the progenitor of Japan’s royal lineage.

We recommend visiting during Autumn to see Takachiho Gorge is at its most bewitching; with fiery red leaves contrasting against deep cerulean waters.

13 August, Tuesday

13 August, Tuesday

13 August, Tuesday

SOUTH KOREA, Nami Island – Nami Island needs no introduction as the setting for the famous Korean drama, “Winter Sonata”. That has led to many locals and tourists alike to flock to this idyllic island during winter to live out their snowy fairytale.

But if you only look to visit during winter, you’ll miss out on the opportunity to see the beauty of the island change in other seasons, especially autumn where the colours of the leaves morph into a vibrant spectrum of red to yellow.

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