The Heart of Vietnam

My flight arrived in Hanoi at exactly 6:30am in the morning local time. Admittedly, I was groggy from having to wake up at three in the morning to get dressed, travel an hour to get to the airport, wait another hour in line just to get past security checks and forced myself to down a…

The Saigon Seven

The scene outside the Saigon airport resembled what would happen had everyone known a celebrity had flown into town. Except here, it was a normal daily sight to have so many people waiting there. It took my sister and I a while to spot my cousin brother and his wife with their six month old…

My Castle On The Hill

Ed Sheeran’s “Castle on the Hill” was a nostalgic look back at his childhood. His concert, for me, brought up emotions of the first ever concert I attended at the age of 13. It was in Kuala Lumpur and a part of the My World Tour. If you haven’t guessed it, the first artist I…

Local Village Life in Thanh Hoa

When most people think about travel, they imagine comfortable flights with luxurious hotels and restaurant dining. Not everyone is willing to experience or even write about the rural areas. But if you truly want to experience living like a local, then that’s where you’ll have to go. Now I want to be clear that I…

Explore the Universe

The roller coaster car turns into a separate room and then comes to a sudden halt, nearly crashing into the wall. Confused glances exchanged between the riders; is something wrong? All of a sudden, we’re pulled backwards, falling down deeper until we come to another stop. The car makes a slow 180-degree turn, allowing the…

Light up Singapore

Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay is like taking a stroll into an entirely new world. The shades of green around you with hints of colour from the flowers contrast the concrete jungle that is the tiny island itself. The large towering trees known as the Supertree Grove put on a light show in the night….

Alohomora the Wizarding World

Walking into Changi Airport was like casting the spell Dissendium. Harry, Fred, George and the Marauders have all used this spell to gain access to the secret passageway from Hogwarts to the cellar in Honeydukes. Standing in the middle of Hogsmeade, it felt as if I had done the same. Despite wanting to obliviate my…

Go with the Tide

In a world where modern journalism has overtaken the art of old-fashioned newspaper writing, the BRATs Young Journalists Programme managed to incorporate both into their recent camp at Resorts World Langkawi. From article writing to video editing, the four days three-night journalism crash course had all its participants losing sleep to meet deadlines. Our hotel…

Research Scholar’s Program

In the month of December, I attended the Research Scholar’s Program at the Brain Research Institute Monash Sunway (BRIMS). BRIMS is a neuroscience research institute located in the Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences at Monash University Malaysia. The Research Scholar’s Program is a program for students who are interested in gaining hands…