Italy (Part 4 – 8 hours in Venice) – Dec ’16

Venice, the capital of northern Italy’s Veneto region, is built on more than 100 small islands in a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea. Movies depict Venice as a city of love where couples enjoy their time on-board a gondola through the passageways. While the old time gondoliers sang in octave seventh some mesmerizing melody of…

Italy (Part 2 – Florence with Inferno trail) – Dec ’16

The Dome of Florence Cathedral is the main church of Florence, Italy. Il Duomo di Firenze, as it is ordinarily called, was begun in 1296 in the Gothic style. The Palazzo Vecchio (“Old Palace”) is the town hall of the city. This massive, Romanesque, crenelated fortress-palace is among the most impressive town halls of Tuscany….

Italy (Part 1 – Milan) – Dec ’16

Milan cathedral – The Gothic cathedral took nearly six centuries to complete. It is the largest church in Italy (the larger St. Peter’s Basilica is in the State of Vatican City) and the fifth largest in the world. With its glass-and-iron dome, magnificent mosaics and marble floorways, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele arcade is definitely one…

Switzerland – A feast for the eyes – Dec ’16

Geneva – Interlaken (via Bern) – Montreux – Zurich Before I share my time in Switzerland, there is one thing I hope travellers would do it right. The country itself is not called “Swiss”. It is Switzerland in English, Schweiz in German, la Suisse in French and Svizzera in Italian… The people of the country,…

France (Part 4 – Lyon) – Dec ’16

Lyon was more like the rest stop for our journey from Paris (France) to Geneva (Switzerland). Though the 3rd largest city in France, Lyon preserves a unique culture and lifestyle. We bought a day transport ticket for EUR 5.50 to hop on hop off tram, metro and bus to different places. We reached too early…

France (Part 3 – Paris, The burstling neighbourhood) – Dec ’16

We started our day by exploring Paris’ Latin Quarter. This neighbourhood is intellectual, arty and has been the heart of Parisian café culture since the 1920’s. It’s nice to simply wander around this area and casually visit some open-air markets and cafes. Some notable sights in the Latin Quarter are La Sorbonne (France’s most famous…

France (Part 2 – Paris, Romance is in the air) – Dec ’16

Day 2 – Eiffel tower, Notre Dame and museums After a great long day in Disneyland, we planned to visit Eiffel tower and the likes for our 2nd day. I researched beforehand and noticed that the best place to have an undisrupted view of Eiffel tower (no money spent) is from Pont de Bir Hakeim…

France (Part 1 – Paris, Magical day at Disneyland) – Dec’16

Day 1 – Let the magic begin The very first day in Paris started with Disneyland. From city center (line A RER), we took the direct railway to Chessy station which brought us directly to the infamous theme park. The park is really very detailed, each and everything matches the fairytale concept and even though…

CORPORATE GOVERNANCE HIGHLIGHTS 2016

Corporate Governance Highlights 2016 is a joint initiative by CPA Australia, NUS Business School’s Centre for Governance, Institutions and Organisations (CGIO), and Singapore Institute of Directors. The report is an annual series published in the last quarter of each year, followed by the release of the Singapore Governance and Transparency Index (SGTI) rankings. This report…

Da Lat, Vietnam (Nov ’16)

We came to Da Lat for 3 days and it rained cats and dogs throughout the entire period we were there. The local said Da Lat rains 20 days in a month, and yes we experienced it now. However, the town was still amazing. It has been such a long time to blend in with…

Mui Ne, Phan Thiet, Vietnam (Nov’16)

From HCMC, a bus ticket to Mui Ne costs 120k VND and it takes approximately 5 hours to reach. I recommend Phuong Nam bus (ticket office in Pham Ngu Lao street), double-decker sleeping coach with wifi. They have 2 early slots, 8am or 11am and the coach will pick you up at the opposite side…