Welcome!

I’m a full-time cubicle-dweller slowly making my travel dreams come true.

Many people believe that you either have to be rich, or quit your job completely and backpack as a nomad. Those are great, but not everybody has the opportunity to do either. What if, like me, you’re a young professional who wants to build your career first; but don’t want to find yourself regretting one day that you never lived while you were young?

Scarlet Scribbles is here to show you how it can be done.

Ever since 2011, I’ve made the commitment to visit a new destination 1-2 times every year. Ideally: one budget trip, one splurge trip. Whatever your travel plan may be like, I hope you find something useful here! Stop dreaming, start planning your next adventure.

Where do you want to go?

Cambodia Travel Blog

Indonesia Travel Blog

Singapore Travel Blog

Taiwan Travel Blog

Turkey Travel Blog

United Arab Emirates Travel Blog

*Coming soon: Bali, France, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Switzerland, Thailand, Vatican City.

Not sure where to start?

Here are some highlights from the blog:

– 10 Reasons Why Medan is Food Heaven! – I’m really proud about this one because it’s my first viral post AND it’s about my hometown. Medan is not on the radar for most travelers, but that’s a shame because the food is second to none!

– The Emerald of the Equator: 34 Indonesia Provinces in 34 Pics – There’s more to Indonesia than Bali. As the world’s largest archipelago, Indonesia offers a rich mix of cultural heritage, natural beauty and biodiversity. Still not convinced? They said a picture is worth 1,000 words, so here’s a 34,000-word essay for you.

The Surreal Landscape & Fairy Chimneys of Cappadocia – In 2011, I flew to Istanbul for a university project and it quickly escalated into a vacation around the entire Turkey! Cappadocia and its many alien-like panoramas, in particular, had me bitten by the travel bug which I’ve since never recovered from.

A Steamy Turkish Bath Experience – Imagine living the life of a sultan for a day.

The Beggars Dilemma: Why I Skipped Tonle Sap Lake in Cambodia – It’s an issue that most travelers face when traveling to non-First World countries. Does giving perpetuate more harm than good? And if so, what can we do as a responsible traveler?

Cambodia’s Crunchy Crawlies: Andrew Vs. Exotic “Food” – Spiders… Snakes… Frogs… Food correspondent Andrew braved himself to report on Khmer’s finest culinary.

Taiwan: Trip Summary & Suggested Itinerary – For some reason, this has become the most viewed and inquired entry in the blog (together with the entire Taiwan series), and if it has helped people to plan their Taiwan trip, then I’m happy about it! :)

Have fun browsing around! If you have any question or suggestion, feel free to contact me.

Arigatou Gozaimasu: On Japan’s Polite & Helpful Culture

In a country where English is not the norm, Japan is surprisingly very foreigner-friendly.

I survived 11 days in Japan using literally no more than two Japanese words: sumimasen (“excuse me” cum “sorry”) at the beginning of every conversation and arigatou (“thank you”) to close it. (Though fortunately, my travel companion understands a few basic Japanese phrases to fill in the blanks when the language barrier is just too strong.)

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Finding Serenity in Singapore: Sungei Buloh

I need a quick break.

I wasn’t ready to go back to the fast-paced life of Singapore yet. The last one month has been both exciting and exhausting. My Chinese New Year trip to Jakarta evolved into a last-minute family vacation planning to Bali. And then the Lion Air delay fiasco happened to us. Twice.

In between stranded in airports with uncertainty, rush-planning the Bali itinerary while finalising the details for my upcoming Japan visit, it’s sort of a miracle everything went well. But I needed to recharge after all of that, and exploring Kranji countryside was surprisingly effective.

It’s a different sight, far from the hustle and bustle of a typical Singapore day.

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6 Fun Activities to Do Around Jakarta

Tired of shopping in Jakarta? Why not throw in a good family time with one of these six attractions for a change?

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Monas: Icon of Jakarta

I remember Monas from 15+ years ago.

Standing 433 feet proud in Central Jakarta, the sight of an Obelisk tower with a gold foil-covered flame statue at the top and a wide goblet at the bottom is a unique departure from the typical squarish buildings of Jakarta.

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