Best Singapore Travel Blogs of 2013
Those planning to tour Asia should definitely pin Singapore to the top of their list. This bustling metropolis seems alive 24/7 – each blink of an eye and yet another building is thrown up. From its tropical nature reserves to buzzing Chinatown, Singapore’s rapid development is bringing more and more shops, offices, business and hotels to the area. As a result, a community of very talented travel writers has sprung up to show off the best bits of the city to the world. Let me introduce you to five Singapore travel blogs worthy of your attention.
The Occasional Traveller
Who: Jac Seah, The Occasional Traveller
Jac Seah considers herself an ordinary girl, but you don’t find many Singaporeans working a full-time job and managing a blog while indulging their love of travel. The Occasional Traveller is the result of all this hard work, offering a great collection of travel reviews, personal and external points of view on everything that inspires Jac to explore the unknown. As she says,
“I talk a lot about travelling, especially for the everyday folk who hold full-time jobs and how to indulge in their love for travel anyway, but I think quite an important motto of sorts is that people should just travel however they like as long as it makes them happy, whether it’s an intrepid solo explorer or someone who loves a celebrity tour group, just as long as you keep an open mind and see the world!”
Aside from providing informative travel inspiration for both tourists and Singaporeans, Jac enjoys writing controversial pieces (all in good heart, of course) that spread like wildfire. Her post ’How to Piss off a Singaporean’ was a talking point in recent weeks after being featured on Business Insider and local Singapore news forums. How’s that for good exposure?
Who: Lin Zhiqiang & Tingyi, PassportChop.com
The best way to describe PassportChop.com is, in Lin Zhiqiang’s words, “a travel blog where we can share travel tips, videos and reviews on restaurants, hotels and attractions around the world. Readers can also download itineraries and plan their own trips.”
Lin’s life is devoted to getting the most enjoyment out of his travels, and the blog shares experiences from around the world, with a big focus on Singapore. From the best eats to the soundest sleeps, PassportChop.com will have the answers to your frequently-asked questions, such as is this hotel worth staying at and where can I get the best kopi-gau in town (strongly brewed coffee with condensed milk).
Lin’s favourite travel experience: “Back at home in Singapore at the Gardens by the Bay where you can check out flowers from around the world.”
Who: Sy Yuan, Sylistic.com
Sy Yuan’s travel blog Sylistic.com is fuelled by a love of discovering new places and sharing these experiences online via his blog, Facebook, Foursquare and Google Plus. Despite his strong web presence, many readers found out about Sylistic.com through his regular media appearances.
For example, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan invited Sy in to talk about the 3.11 Aftermath. He spent one week in a ryokan (a traditional Japanese inn), attending various events including the commemorative on the 3rd of March last year. Naturally, the media jumped right in and Sy was featured on NHK Radio Japan in an interview about his feelings and thoughts on the trip.
Curiosity drew us to his story, so we asked Sy the story behind Sylistic.com: “Passion is all it takes to keep us going on our travelogue,” he told us. It’s not the media attention, but rather “the urge to share and discover new places that drives me further.”
Travel and Beyond
Who: Rosemarie John & Joseph Ellis, Travel and Beyond
Travel and Beyond is run by Rosemarie John and Joseph Ellis, two travellers who met abroad and started a blog together to share their insights about the places they’ve visited. Travel and Beyond gives readers exactly what the name suggests: it’s about more than just travel, it’s also about history, culture and architecture – everything from local eats to luxury destinations.
But what really draws readers in is the personal and descriptive writing, and the detail they go into. Here’s Rosemarie’s favourite Singapore experience:
“Stepping out of the glittering and super-efficient Changi Airport and the 15-minute ride downtown in a cab on my first arrival to Singapore was truly memorable. The greenery outside is simply captivating as it slowly tapers into a concrete jungle of shimmering buildings and the hustle and bustle of city life. The pristine cleanliness, well laid and well lit pavements and the abundance of trees leaves you with an impression that you have stepped into a metropolis set in a garden surrounding.”
It’s no wonder that Travel and Beyond have been nominated for Best Travel Blog at the Singapore Blog Awards two years in a row, and this has reflected in their online presence. Being just two years old, the social community that they have built up is truly spectacular.
Who: Eunice Khong, TravelerFolio
TravelerFolio is Eunice Khong’s personal travel blog where she shares travel tips and holiday information for destinations around the world. Based in Singapore, TravelerFolio comes from Eunice’s personal experience and gives a whole new perspective on the city-state. Her blog is definitely one the best resources for those planning a trip to Singapore, with extensive reviews and information on attractions, parks, events, local eats, hotel stays and resorts.
Like Sy, Eunice has been a popular talking point in the media around the world. Her interview for the Clickability series was aired on Channel NewsAsia where they talked about travellers who are integrating new media into their trips. Eunice’s passion for seeking out the latest travel bargains and tech updates allows her to continue travelling and sharing her experiences with viewers around the world. Her technological and social media awareness have resulted in TravelerFolio becoming one of Singapore’s leading travel blogs, with thousands of visitors each month.
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