Singaporeans go Barista Crazy

The increase in coffee shops in Singapore is nothing new – every expanding metropolis needs spaces for its’ inhabitants to relax, chew the fat and spend their hard-earned cash on breakfast you can easily make at home for half the price. Chains like The Coffee Bean and Coffee Republic are popular with tourists, while afficionados frequent…

Miss Japan – not everyone is celebrating…

Congratulations to Ariana Miyamoto, the 21 year old, new Miss Universe Japan. Absolutely beautiful, poised and eloquent, she entered the competition knowing there’d be a backlash (her best friend, also of mixed descent, committed suicide). Racial alienation can feel like such an outdated issue, but in Asia, where conformity can be seen as a virtue, Ariana’s…

RIP Mr Lee Kuan Yew

Today we’re mourning the death of Singapore’s first prime minister, Mr Lee Kuan Yew, who passed away at 3am this morning. The face of Singapore, he built the foundations of this country, and his passing is especially poignant, in the year of it’s Golden Jubilee, 50 years after independence. He came from a prominent Singapore…

SMOG!

Singapore is literally choking! The haze from forest fires in Indonesia’s Sumatra island have completely covered the city and the government is pissed! So much so that Indonesia accused them of ‘acting like a child’.  Tourism has been seriously affected and all my favourite outdoor restaurants are deserted. I’ve been forced to start wearing these…