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Hi! I'm Timothy McDonald, an Australian journalist who has relocated to Singapore. This blog will take a slightly offbeat look at the sweltering city-state and a few of its neighbours. Hopefully, it'll be full of short, sharp reads and a bit of useful information too. Enjoy.


Notes from the Underground

Singapore is one of the few places on earth where it's possible to visit every train station in the entire country. So I've decided to do exactly that. Over the coming months, I'll send a dispatch from every single one.


Forget retail therapy. Think, archery, boating and getting a maid. This is all about the strange little things that seem to appear in shopping malls in this corner of the world.

Good Eats

This part of the world is fill of some truly amazing foods. Some flavours are great, others are a little more acquired. Find out more here.

The Great Outdoors

Air conditioning is pretty popular around here, and eating is the national sport. But there are still plenty of things to do outside.

Most Recent Articles

Ferals and tsunamis: a trip to Japan’s cat island

Posted on Feb 6, 2015

They sit smugly on fishing nets, with their legs folded under their bodies. They linger by fenceposts and guard shrines. They perch triumphantly on motorcycles and clean themselves on forklift seats. On...

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Deepavali pictures.

Posted on Oct 21, 2014

This slideshow requires JavaScript. I’m apparently the festival lights guy. I did this last year. Deepavali is always wonderfully photogenic, so get used to it, okay?   southeastanddownMore Posts -...

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Mount Bromo: craters, calderas, clouds and crowds

Posted on Jun 24, 2014

Mount Bromo is a volcanic cliche; a living, breathing geology...

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Photo post: Mount Bromo at Night

Posted on Jun 16, 2014

This slideshow requires JavaScript. Mount Bromo is nothing if not ridiculously...

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Dining in the Dark

Posted on Jun 5, 2014

I take a lot of photos, and occasionally I forget to take the lens cap off and...

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Marina Bay Sands long exposure

Posted on May 21, 2014

Marina Bay Sands has a laser show a few times a night, so I thought I’d...

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An evening at the races in Kranji

Posted on May 19, 2014

I’m not really a huge devotee of horse racing, and I had no intention of...

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