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Music | Travel | Marketing | By Andrew Darwitan

I Couldn’t Stop Taking Pictures: Bosphorus River Cruise Review

…because every random building here is photogenic.

Literally. Take a cruise at the Bosphorus River and point your camera at any random point of the city and here’s what you’ll likely get:

Bosphorus River Cruise, Istanbul, Turkey

Point at another random direction and… hey, where’s that castle coming from?

Rumelihisari Castle, Istanbul, Turkey

I tell you what… the above Rumelihisari Castle is not one-of-a-kind. The streets of Istanbul are literally littered with marble palaces, castles, towers, mosques and waterfront houses. Don’t believe me?

Here are just some of the iconic landmarks you can find along Bosphorus shorelines: Read more…

Turkey: The Country that Opened My Eyes to the World

Turkey holds a very special place in my heart.

It was the first place that increased my heart rate within minutes of arriving. I have always enjoyed travelling, of course, but it was just one of the many “leisure” activities to de-stress my busy works in school. Turkey showed me the endless possibilities of the world—and these possibilities have since become my personal life conquest.

Ironically, my visit to Turkey back in 2011 was meant to be about work.

It started off with a university research paper to develop a new marketing campaign model involving green behaviour. The project did well and somehow it got selected by IAMCR (International Association for Media and Communication Research) for a presentation on a global conference.

And so I embarked on the flight to Istanbul to represent my team. Read more…

Siem Reap Itinerary Guideline + Places I Wish I Visited

There’s a lot you can do in Cambodia in 3 days. In fact, taking flights and layovers into consideration, technically I had only 1 day to explore the world’s largest religious monument. It’s not enough, surely. But should you ever find yourself having to visit Siem Reap with too little time, yet too many places to visit, don’t be discouraged.

Here’s a little guideline to help you plan your trip to Angkor (Siem Reap):

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Cambodia’s Crunchy Crawlies: Andrew Vs. Exotic “Food”

Eating Exotic Food in Siem Reap, Cambodia

Spiders, snakes, frogs…

There’s no limit to what the Cambodians eat, at least back in the days of Khmer Rouge when food was in short supply and these critters could provide a steady nutritional source of protein.

When I passed by the crunchy crawlies market nearby Pub Street in Siem Reap, my mind was racing through “should I? should I not?” before I finally braced my inner survivalist to exchange some riel for a curious eating experience.

And here’s the conversation inside my head:

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The Beggars Dilemma: Why I Skipped Tonle Sap Lake in Cambodia

Should we give money to beggars?

That’s the question that lingered in our mind when we decided to visit Cambodia back in March 2014. Travelers often find themselves facing this dilemma whenever they are in third-world countries.

Surely, parting with money isn’t the main issue. Even the stingiest of the stingy must have had their heart melt at least once when they witness the unfortunate dragging their knees around asking for a rice bowl-worth of cents.

Child Beggars in Tonle Sap Lake, Cambodia

When I was asked the above question, my initial thought is not to give to those who are young and able-bodied, but will consider for the less fortunate ones. But inside my mind, somehow even that didn’t feel quite right.

What could possibly be wrong about giving? After all, isn’t it the most selfless thing in the world that one can do?

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