Thaipusam, Singapore


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Being a melting pot of cultures – Singapore offers variety of traditions to be observed and revered. I was lucky enough to have spent more than six years in this city-state and witness some of these traditions firsthand. Thaipusam is a Hindu festival celebrated mostly by the Tamil community on the full moon in the Tamil month of Thai (January/February). Singapore, with …

Korea's Black Eagles Aerobatics flying display, Singapore Airshow 2016

Singapore Airshow 2016

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Here I was, the much awaited Singapore Airshow 2016. The airshow happens every couple of years and I didn’t go for the 2014 edition, my sister and brother-in-law did. And they have not stopped raving about the show ever since.  So after a two year wait I made it to the show with my wife with my Camera gear! Fortunately …

Borobudur, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Travel Journal: Yogyakarta (Jogja)

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Yogyakarta, derived from Yogya meaning “suitable, fit, proper”, and karta, “prosperous, flourishing” (i.e., “a city that is fit to prosper”) is named after the Indian city of Ayodhya from the Ramayana epic. And we (my wife and I) were here for a short visit. Yogyakarta has a very special history, it was the centre of a refined and sophisticated Javanese …

Human Net, La Fura dels Baus, Singapore River Festival 2015

Singapore River Festival – 2015

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An evening out at Clarke Quay to watch the death defying performance conceived by Spanish theatre group La Fura Dels Baus at the the Singapore River Festival 2015. The river festival is celebrating Singapore river stories with a series of art installations, performances and food festivals lined up along the river, all the way from Boat Quay to Robertson Quay. We started …

Road trip, South Island, New Zealand

New Zealand Road Trip: South Island

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(This is part II of my New Zealand road trip entry. It covers the South Island of this picturesque country. For my north Island adventures, please see here) fter the end of our sojourn on the North Island, we departed from windy Welli (Wellington is very Windy, hence the name!) via the Interislander – Kaitaki ferry, with our rental car on …

IIT Alumni Singapore Celebrate India's 69th Independence Day

IIT Alumni Singapore celebrates 69th Independence Day

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he IIT Alumni Association Singapore (IITAAS) celebrated India’s 69th Independence Day by organising an Indoor Cricket Tournament for its Alumni in Singapore. What better way to commemorate our Independence than playing India’s (unofficial) national sport. Close to 40 young and old IIT Alumni in the city gathered at Uber Sports Park, East Coast Parkway on the sunny afternoon of 15th …

North Island map, New Zealand

New Zealand Road Trip: North Island

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(The New Zealand road trip entry is broken down into two parts: North and South Island. This entry is for the the north Island. For South Island, please see here) fter months of preparation and planning, we (my wife and I) were finally in Maori land! The road trip was a year in the making, I had looked for tickets …