Prambanan. Indonesia’s spectacular Hindu temple complex.

Candi Prambanan, also known as聽Loro Jonggrang/Rara Jonggrang, is a 9th century Hindu temple complex dedicated to the聽Trimurti聽near Yogyakarta, the cultural capital of Java, Indonesia.聽Trimurti, a Sanskrit word meaning three forms, conveys聽the concept of creation, maintenance and destruction personified by the Hindu trinity of Brahma the creator, Vishnu the preserver and Shiva the destroyer.

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Stonehenge on the eve of the Summer Solstice. A Photo-essay.

A memorable day trip to see the prehistoric stones on the eve of the summer solstice last month. Believed to be built somewhere between 3000 and 2000 BC, Stonehenge was enlisted as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986.

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Ditch the hotel. Rent a home instead.

I travel. I hate hotels.聽I personally find them stuffy, small and irrespective of what the stars say, inherently characterless.聽I chose to experience聽someones home instead, a room or the entire space.

I’ve used Airbnb to host travellers in Singapore for over 2 years [read all about it here] and consequently have been using this service to find homes to stay at over the holidays for even longer.

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Serpentine. Rocks. Art.

I had not heard of Fischli or Weiss, but, on my sister’s insistence I decided to go see what the fuss was all about while on holiday in London last 聽month.

Congruous聽named,聽Rock on Top of Another Rock聽 is the first聽public sculpture by the Swiss artist duo Fischli/Weiss.聽The art installation sits outside the entrance of the Serpentine Gallery in Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park [for those of you going to see聽Marina Abramovi膰’s 512 Hours聽this summer, the sculpture will be to your left].

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#StreetArt. London.

Quirky, thought provoking and colourful street art between Shoreditch High Street and Brick Lane.

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London in 8 bites.

With June聽in London and the sun playing fair, I had a wonderful summer + I got to eat to my heart’s content. Interestingly, Islington, where we rented an apartment for 2 weeks (through聽Airbnb), has become quite the food hub. With Exmouth Market, Farringdon Road (Eagle, London’s first gastro pub) and St John’s Square, we were, to say the least, spoilt for choice. My聽favourites were:

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Keep it Real. BANKSY. The Unauthorised Retrospective at the S|2, London.

BANKSY. The Unauthorised Retrospective. S|2 Gallery.

I went for the聽Banksy retrospective at Sotheby’s S|2 Gallery in London last week, interestingly curated by his聽first art agent Steve Lazarides. Here are my favourites from the exhibit:

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Chartreuse & Fondue in the Capital of the Alps. Grenoble. France.

I remember looking out of the window of my sister’s bedroom in Grenoble, wondering if the scene outside had gone through a vintage wash before presenting itself to me. I saw snow lined mountains, faded yellow homes and an old banged up Volkswagen mini-van. Ordinarily beautiful, but for someone flying in from a tropical busy city like Singapore, it felt cold and desolate.

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The Idyllic 10th Century Temple of Banteay Srei. Cambodia.

Banteay Srei or Banteay Srey聽is a temple dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva at the foot of the Phnom Dei hill in Siem Reap. Consecrated in聽967 AD,聽it is popularly聽known聽as聽the Citadel of the Women or Citadel of Beauty聽today,聽presumably due聽to the temple’s tiny dimensions and聽elaborate wall carvings.

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Magnifique Provence! St R茅my de Provence & Avignon.

After聽our first day in Provence, driving to the idyllic village of聽Moustiers-Sainte-Marie through the Gorges du Verdon from Aix [read here]; we decided to go west on the second day to the City of Popes, Avignon

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Magnifique Provence! Aix-en-Provence to Moustier-Ste-Marie.

In 2011 my sister and I spent the summer in France that included 5 glorious days in the South. We split out time between the C么te d’Azur and Provence with 3 nights in Nice with 2 in Aix en Provence (Read: Indulge in the quiet side of the C么te d”Azur).

We rented a car in Nice from Budget, which turned out to be the most harrowing car rental procedure ever thanks to the lady they had manning the desk that day. Rude and a tad scary with her pencil outlined eyebrows, she was by far the most unprofessional person we had encountered on our trip. She asked us to see her at noon, then made us wait for 2 hours while she had lunch only to ask us to return the next day to pick the car up! Needless to say, our day was wasted waiting and we had to swap itineraries  around.

Anyway, we woke up bright and early the next morning and drove to Aix en Provence, which we used as a base for the next 2 days to drive to the Gorges du Verdon and Avignon.

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Cosplay, gadgets & geeks. Akihabara and Maid Caf茅s. Tokyo.

I was obsessed with lomography on a trip to Tokyo with friends 2 years ago, and decided to indulge this fixation聽by visiting the city’s electronic mecca, Akihabara, in search of the Diana.

We got out at the Akihabara Station from the clearly marked聽Akihabara Electric Town exit on a cold, rainy evening to bright flashy lights that blinded us instantly.聽We made our way to one of the multi-storey malls selling electronic ware聽floor on floor, jam-packed with people and machines alike. My friends bought a Fuji Polaroid camera that they would end up using in the States a few days later. I, on the other hand felt far too claustrophobic and rushed to kick-start the loom camera analysis.

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