A preview of my 2011 Trip to Asia

I’m about to head back home soon, but for the moment, I’m spending the rest of my days in Singapore, sweating like a pig.

Here are a few of my favourite pictures from each city:

I took each and every shot with my amazing Canon G12 camera.

I will go as far as to say it is the best camera for a tourist because of it relatively light body compared to its packed features, the easy exposure dial on the left to adjust each shot, the amazing flip screen and overall awesomeness.

BF was cursing his heavy “professional” camera the entire 5 weeks, although he loved his wide lens option. He wished he had brought his Canon G11 as well, for quick (amazing) shots like mine.

The following are a few of my favourite shots from each city. They are untouched (read: not Photoshopped yet) and taken by yours truly!

Enlarge any photo you wish 🙂


Arab Street

I caught this shot just before one of the nastiest rainstorms hit. More than half an hour of insane rain followed, but I managed to get this mosque in a back alley near Arab Street.


Botanic Gardens

One of the most beautiful gardens I’ve ever been to. At least the humid tropical weather in Singapore yields something worthwhile in the end 😛

We had to pay $5 to enter the orchid gardens, but the rest of the garden was free.

The whole garden is filled with the most amazing varieties of orchids I’ve ever seen. A haven for shots.



Buddha Tooth Relic Temple

This is one of the best-kept temples I’ve ever been to.

The inside is breath-taking.



People are packed together like sardines.

The Bund

The most famous skyline in Shanghai. I don’t know why they call it “The Bund”, but it shows some pretty *cough* interesting skyscrapers.

Maglev Train

We also rode the Maglev train, the fastest in the world. It reached 431 km/h in about 6 minutes.

Took us 7 minutes and 15 seconds to go from downtown to the airport. A similar trip by car would be about an hour and a half.

It runs on these magnetic tracks, levitating like magic… a smooth, safe and AMAZING ride. Driverless too!

Street Food

Street food is very common in China and Hong Kong. Singapore, not so much. They have hawker centers.

…but if you saw the way they sell and keep the meat, you kind of want to just eat seafood/go vegetarian for the trip.

We aren’t fans of ANY country’s restaurants to begin with (we secretly think they’re filthy), so it isn’t a big loss for us to avoid certain stalls, no matter how fresh and delicious they tell us it is.

(It’s why we cook.)


Centro (downtown)

It was like being in Lisbon, Portugal… just surrounded by lots and lots of Chinese folk who don’t speak Portuguese or English!!! 🙂

They had some of the most beautiful lotus flowers about to bloom at dusk..

A whole water garden of them!!!

The last freestanding “wall” (St. Paul Ruins) that the Macanese built to keep out the Dutch, but the Chinese Liberation Army kept trying to tear down 😛

The biggest kick I got was seeing all the signs in Portugese and Chinese!!


My favourite city. I want to go back.

Nan Lian Gardens

Ladies Market

I love the city half for the insanely cheap, amazing shopping 🙂

…and the other half of the love, is because of the food!

You think I’m joking, but these cherries were SO CHEAP and they are THE BEST I’ve ever eaten. THE BEST.

I can’t even find these cherries for sale, even if I wanted to pay an exorbitant price.

Did I mention the amazing shopping? Here’s the Jade Market.

Super cheap necklaces. $7.50 CAD for almost any necklace (except lapis lazuli). Jade is VERY cheap. Dirt cheap.

The guide says to take any offer and slice it in half, but we sliced it in a quarter, and got our price most of the time.


Perhaps the most interesting city to take pictures of, aside from Hong Kong, but I will never go back to Beijing again.

Once is enough. More than enough.

A mom and pop stand selling skewers of meat:

People who are too poor to afford cars, have bikes, either electric or manual.

Kids ride on the back (even BABIES!) like it’s not a big safety hazard.

Buses, taxis, bikes… anything on wheels WILL run you over in the streets and come at you from all angles. It was mentally exhausting to watch out for people waiting to ram you down because they refuse to brake.

The bigger the person/vehicle/car, the more priority it has.

Of course, we had to see the Great Wall of China.

NEVER AGAIN. It is freaking scary and steep.


…and the extremely tourist-y Wangfujing night market.

No local I saw freaking eats those bugs. They’re there just for shock value.

Lastly, the Forbidden City was just incredible.

It was HUGE. Full of palaces and entryways just like this one below.


I’ll have to Flickr them I think. Posting it in a blog post is just… way too much to handle and far too much work.

We’ll see how I decide to do it. 🙂

Hope the past month has been treating you well 🙂

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I'm a 20-something year old girl who lived out of a single suitcase in 2007, and now I'm living with less, but only with the best. You don't have to get rid of everything to become a minimalist! Minimalism can help simplify and organize your life, career, & physical surroundings. You can read more about me as a minimalist. Or come and visit my other blog Fabulously Broke in the City where I got out of $60,000 of debt in 18 months, earning $65,000 gross/year.