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The Scarlet Omen – A Travel Read for Your 2012 Journey?

The Scarlet Omen – A Travel Read for Your 2012 Journey?

A Début Novel of Myth and Legend As a writer, I read a lot of books. Most of which that fall in the genre’s of history and culture. Not forgetting the many travel guide books along the way. The Scarlet Omen however, is a début novel of myth and legend by Cinthia Koeksal that takes place in the country where I was born – Malaysia. Cinthia is a childhood...

The Upper East Side of Manhattan – A Photo Story

The Upper East Side of Manhattan – A Photo Story

This photo story features street scenes and artistic buildings of uptown Manhattan. Located in the northern region of the island, the upper east-side is considered the wealthiest zip code in America with beautiful mansions, apartments buildings and monuments of the movers and shakers of New York City. Walking around the Upper East Side offers a chance to admire the...

The Onion-Shaped Dome of the Central Synagogue in New York

The Onion-Shaped Dome of the Central Synagogue in New York

Designed by Henry Fernbach, the exterior of the Central Synagogue is dominated by two octagonal towers rising 122 feet that are meant to be reminiscences of Solomon’s Temple. The towers are topped with onion-shaped, green copper domes and has one large window accompanied by many smaller arched windows. The Central Synagogue is the oldest synagogue in continual...

One World Trade Center Basking in the Sun

One World Trade Center Basking in the Sun

Formerly known as the Freedom Tower, the 105-storey One World Trade Center will be America’s tallest building – and an indelible New York landmark. Located in lower Manhattan, the 2.6-million-square-foot building will soar above the city at 1,776 feet. Still under construction the tower’s steel currently remains at the 92nd floor (1,145 ft), while...

A Balinese Perspective

A Balinese Perspective

As 2011 comes to an end, I reflect on the many places that I have travelled to. The one place that constantly comes to mind is the island of Bali. It’s one of those places that has permanently left an imprint in my heart. Though it is an island that has been tainted by extreme commercialization and a never-ending influx of tourists from all corners of the globe, the...

Postcard: NYC’s Beacon to the World

Postcard: NYC’s Beacon to the World

Located on the Upper West Side, on the edge of the Morningside and Harlem communities of New York City, the Riverside Church’s edifice is modeled after the 13th Century gothic cathedral in Chartres, France. It’s gothic tower stands as a beacon to the world!

Views from the Sydney Tower Eye Observation Deck

Views from the Sydney Tower Eye Observation Deck

Day or night, enjoy a bird’s eye view of the spectacular city of Sydney from the Sydney Tower Eye’s 360 degree panoramic visual exposure! Standing 250 metres (820 feet) above the city streets, Sydney Tower Eye’s Observation Deck is perfect for planning a day out around Sydney and understanding the intricate details of its cosmopolitan layout. With the Sydney...

Twilight Over Borobudur – The Sunrise Tour

Twilight Over Borobudur – The Sunrise Tour

Here I was on an ancient wonder  patiently waiting for the last hour or so for the sun to show itself. Trying to find the best spot to catch this mystical twilight was a very indecisive decision on my part. I was always moving from one spot to another thinking maybe… just maybe… I could get a better shot when the fiery star begins to emerge. Booking a spot is...

A Creative Journey through Wishes & Dreams

A Creative Journey through Wishes & Dreams

By Rosemarie John – With a gifted hand and a huge heart, Gelyn Ong is a seven year old whose talent goes beyond words. Full of colour and life, Gelyn’s paintings adorns homes and organizations in Singapore as she donates her work to charity auctions, raising funds for humanitarian causes both on the island and abroad. Raising close to $100,000 for charity...

The Wine Fiesta Singapore 2011

The Wine Fiesta Singapore 2011

The island of Singapore is filled with events all year through and one of the many interesting events that took place is the Wine Fiesta Singapore 2011. Held from 28 to 30th October, The Straits Wine Company in partnership with the Development Bank of Singapore (DBS) showcased over 50 winemakers and over 200 wine selections. Taking place at the Custom’s House...