I hate Shoreditch

If you love Shoreditch, I don’t think I could ever trust you as a person. This area is just overpriced, manufactured lame. How anyone could believe they’re picking up true vintage finds when every single vendor was hawking the same “vintage” pieces baffles me. I even hated the street art. It seemed like it was…

Prince Islands – Büyükada

We spent Saturday on an island crawling with tourists both local and from abroad. The Prince Islands are a series of nine islands, with four open to visitors. Büyükada literally translates to Big Island and is the most popular, evidently. Go: Take the ferry from Besiktas, it only cost TL7.50 (~SGD3) for a (#millenialpink!!) ticket. The…

Pee is for Paris 

When our French friend told us that Paris smelled like pee, we laughed. After all, Paris has been romanticised to death. It is the embodiment of class, and maybe a bit of arrogance. It really did smell like pee. And we actually saw men peeing on the sidewalk. Twice. In the daytime, we just avoided…

What I Love About: Paris

I found that Paris was grossly overhyped, resulting in throngs of Eastern Asian tourists everywhere. It was pleasant nonetheless. Surprisingly, we did not meet anyone who was unfriendly; all the waitstaff scrambled to speak to us in English even though I could manage some broken French. As a Singaporean living in Istanbul for the past…

My debit card got stolen!!

If there’s one thing you have to know about me, it’s that I am vey careful and very kiasu when it comes to my money. (I know it’s a long way from my spendthrift days in JC – I would be spending so much my friends threatened to cut up my debit card or throw…

LONDON: scammed by “FREE cash withdrawals”

I make these mistakes so you don’t have to. If you’ve read my previous post on using cash or card in Istanbul, you’ll know I prefer POSB to make withdrawals because of the $5 flat fee. We arrived in Heathrow Airport and saw these ATMs advertising free withdrawals – which I thought meant the WAIVER of…

Old City Guide

I’m pretty sure you can’t cover all of these in a day, but you can try. Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmet Camii) The Blue Mosque is spectacular and so serene. They also provide modesty-covering robes and headscarves for tourists who need them. Only Muslims are allowed to proceed to the front for prayers, and visitors should…

Game night in Besiktas

WEW the Turks are a passionate bunch. Sunday evening, we caught the Beşiktaş-Fenerbahce game at a cafe in Beşiktaş (pronounced bey-shik-tahsh). It was near impossible to get tickets to this game – the only available category was going at 450TL (S$180) a ticket. The cheapest ones had been snapped up by season ticket holders, which was to…

What I Love About: London

FINALLY, a place where I could eavesdrop on other people’s conversations!!! And people here were so chatty. A cyclist remarked to me about the trash on the park bench when I was reading in Hyde Park. He shared with me how he felt Londoners were regressing in terms of etiquette. A local at Shoreditch complimented…

Nights out in Istanbul

I’ve always been fascinated by the secular culture in Istanbul, despite it being a Muslim country. (Whether this might change after Erdogan’s referendum win, we don’t know.) Alcohol is readily available here and the nightlife scene is very *happening*. For Westerners, alcohol here is considered more expensive because of the “high” tax. Ok tbh these people…

Winter Skin Woes

I know spring has sprung but if you’re in a Scandinavian country for exchange then spring is barely any different from winter anyway. Turkey, on the other side of the continent, has begun to see sunny days!! But cold winds can be biting, especially when we’re in areas near the Bosphorous or the Black Sea….