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About Me

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

Pink Noize: Lion City Punk Rock

Posted on Apr 15, 2014

There’s nothing sadder than a punk pushing forty, so I won’t be making a habit of this, but I headed down to Singapore’s new punk club for a look-see. I couldn’t help being a little...

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Culinary Discovery #2851: Spam Fries

Posted on Apr 9, 2014

Salty, fatty delicious joy or vile processed junk? What are Spam Fries? Or rather, why are Spam Fries? Well, because potato is done. Because truffle fries are just a way to charge sixteen bucks for something that...

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Photo post: Singapore’s best festival decorations

Posted on Apr 1, 2014

This slideshow requires JavaScript. It feels like I’m forever taking...

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Meet the domestic worker who’s building an empire out of trash

Posted on Mar 28, 2014

Meet Jeanilyn. The domestic worker who’s building a small empire out of...

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Interesting things to do in a mall #6666: disappointing extreme sports

Posted on Mar 22, 2014

I know Red Bull will put its name on anything even vaguely extreme these days....

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Singapore the world’s most expensive city? Yes. Sort of…

Posted on Mar 5, 2014

Singapore is the world’s most expensive city. It’s a great (and...

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Bali: sand, sunburn and stone carvings

Posted on Mar 4, 2014

I’ll confess to travel snobbery here. From a distance and through the...

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