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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

Throwback thursday – Kampong Glam’s past

Posted on Apr 23, 2015

This little snippet of the history of Kampong Glam is worth a watch. Haji lane is apparently named for the Indonesian pilgrims on their way to Mecca. The dutch colonial administrators tightly controlled the...

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Throwback thursday: Singapore Airlines Commercial

Posted on Apr 16, 2015

  I’m not exactly sure how old this ad is. Judging from the cars, the Singapore girl’s haircut and the 1970′s yacht rock-style jingle (complete with sensitive-man guitar fingerpicking),...

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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....

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Deepavali pictures.

Posted on Oct 21, 2014

This slideshow requires JavaScript. I’m apparently the festival lights...

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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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