Singapore Art Museum – Lizards Tail by Hiromi Tango

The concept of dropping a lizard’s tail is the central metaphor for Hiromi Tango’s visual art exhibit, “Lizard’s Tail”, at the Singapore Art Museum. Inspired by her volunteer experiences at an Australian Youth Centre where she interacted with disengaged youth, she conceptualized a lizard’s ability to drop its tail as a metaphor for how humans…

Make it More Than a March

Today is the day that we celebrate the existence of Earth, and we make more sustainable decisions like turning off the lights and taking shorter showers. For whatever reason, people don’t do this daily. To some, being environmentally friendly is considered “trendy” and not vital. What people fail to understand, whether it be from ignorance…

Kota Kinabalu – Mangroves

Plants are expected to consist of roots, stems and leaves. It’s usually assumed that dirt is somehow involved. Mangrove plants, however, are an exception. Mangroves are groups of trees and shrubs that grow in saline or brackish water in inter-tidal areas between land and the sea in subtropical and tropical regions. There are 69 “true”…

Scuba Diving 101 – Kota Kinabalu

One of the cheapest places to get a dive certification in Southeast Asia is Kota Kinabalu in the Sabah region of Eastern Malaysia. By doing some research, one can find that are different diving certifications. Deciding whether PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors), SSI (Scuba Schools International), NAUI, RAID, CMAS, and any other of the…

Happy Birthday Dr. Goodall!

Dr. Jane Goodall has been one of the most significant influences in my life. She is credited with inspiring my love for animals at a very young age. I remember when I was a child, my favorite was her children’s book series that focused on baboons, elephants, giraffes, hyenas, lions, wildebeest, and of course, chimpanzees.…

How to deal with theft when backpacking

As some readers of this blog may already know, my laptop got stolen on a 10-hour bus ride from Probolinggo, Java, Indonesia while travelling to Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia. I placed my laptop in my bag with two security locks by my feet and kept what I thought to be a good eye on it. At…