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Travel | Pulau Ubin Island

Hello Readers 🙂 Ever since I have realised that there is so much more to Singapore than meets the eye, the little adventurer in me has really come alive! Besides the cosmopolitan mainland island that the rest of the world knows as SG, I was amazed to find out that officially, Singapore is actually made up of 60 natural and man made islands!! Of course not all of these are accessible to the public, but after some research it’s become clear that I have soooo many new places and islands…

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Travel | Tian Tan Buddha, Hong Kong Part 2

The Big Buddha in Lantau Island, Hong Kong, is one of the largest seated Buddha statues in the world. It stands at 34 meters high and is one of Hong Kong’s most popular sights. Tian Tan, as the Big Buddha is known, is made of bronze. The remote Po Lin Monastery, hidden away by lush mountains, became a popular attraction when the extraordinary statue was erected in 1993. Climb the 268 steps for a closer look at this remarkable statue which took 12 years to complete, and to enjoy the sweeping mountain and sea…

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Life | Crossing Paths

Hi Readers! On my last trip to Cape Town I was lucky enough to meet up with Echi Ismail who I had been chatting to quite regularly for Voice of the Cape Radio. Echi hosts a radio show on VOC called ‘Halaalife.com’ and I had been interviewed by her a few times regarding my life in Singapore and trips to other countries in Southeast Asia. Although we had messaged one another and chatted over the phone a couple of times, we had never met in person! A coffee and cake…

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Style | Simplified

Hi Readers! How you guys doing? This is just a quick mid-week style post to say hi and show off an outfit that I felt suuuuper comfortable in this weekend past. I usually wear shorts or dresses I’ve noticed but fell in love with this burnt orange casual number when I saw it. What a cute and easy way to look feminine by pairing it with a chiffon top and très chic espadrilles! I’m off again to Malaysia next week so do follow along on my Snapchat & Instagram (simplysiyaam)…

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Travel | Hong Kong Part1

Hello Readers! Just two weeks ago, I returned from the most incredible vacation in Hong Kong! It was my first time to the island which is just a 4 hour flight away from Singapore. I had heard and read many good things about HK from friends and other travel blogs, and the city certainly ended up exceeding my expectations. We flew with budget airline, Scoot, and landed in Hong Kong in the early morning of Eid-ul-Fitr. Since we wouldn’t be spending Eid with our nearest and dearest, we decided to…

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Style | Lilytopia

Gardens by the Bay is one of my favourite places in Singapore. A ‘garden within a city’ is the perfect definition to describe this landmark. Aside from its beautiful and lush greenery, it further captures the essence of Singapore as a premier tropical garden city with the perfect environment to both live and work in. One of my favourite indoor features is the Flower Dome Conservatory – the largest greenhouse in the World. It is truly a world of perpetual spring, with the temperature range kept at a pleasurable 23-25…

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Travel | Sutherland, South Africa

I can’t believe it’s taken me 33 years to make my way to the little town of Sutherland in my own home country! I’m embarrassed – ashamed even, to admit that I had no idea we housed Southern Africa’s Largest Telescope. Been living under a meteor right? I’m so glad my family & I decided to take a road trip down there and explore what the observatory had to offer. I was interested to learn that the headquarters of the South African Astronomical Observatory is actually situated in Observatory, Cape…

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