Tuesday, 20 October 2020

Singapore residents with COVID-19 symptoms on return can access government subsidies, insurance coverage for medical bills - CNA

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One of the world's longest flights, New York to Singapore, to return. Hopeful sign for air travel? - USA TODAY

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EU May Shut Door to Travel From Canada, Allow Singapore Visitors - Bloomberg

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Coronavirus Outbreak: Live Updates and News for Oct. 20, 2020 - Bloomberg

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Travel bubble with Singapore: How Hong Kong got it wrong - South China Morning Post

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Air travel bubble: 6 family-friendly outdoor activities to do in Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s magnificent skyscrapers. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com

Singapore recently announced plans for an air travel bubble between Hong Kong and the city-state, much to the excitement of many travel-hungry residents who have not had the chance to go abroad for close to a year.

Naturally, demand for tickets to both Asian hubs skyrocketed, and according to Bloomberg, the price of air tickets between Singapore and Hong Kong jumped within 24 hours of the announcement on 15 October.

The agreement to establish a travel bubble means travellers do not need to quarantine upon arrival or be subjected to a strict itinerary. It’s a move that’s roundly welcomed by those in the travel industry, who have had to suffer catastrophic consequences ever since the Covid-19 pandemic brought air travel to a perpetual halt.

If you managed to book a ticket to Hong Kong for a year-end trip with the family, here are some outdoor activities you can do to soak in the city’s glorious nature, history and culture.

tram The Peak Hong Kong
The iconic tram heading up to The Peak. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com

1. Take a tram to The Peak

The Peak, also known as Victoria Peak, offers breathtaking views of Hong Kong’s glittering skyline as well as its natural wonders. The best way to get there is the tram, which has the honour of being one of the world’s oldest and most famous funicular railways. Young children will love the excitement of the ride, as it rises to 396 metres above sea level and at a steep gradient. At the summit, there are plenty of restaurants, shops and entertainment options at The Peak Tower, including a 360-degree viewing platform, Sky Terrace 428 (so named because it stands at 428 metres above sea level).

Star Ferry Hong Kong
The Star Ferry. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com

2. Go on a Star Ferry harbour tour

Usually plying across the scenic Victoria Harbour, the historical Star Ferry is one of the oldest forms of transportation in Hong Kong. A typical trip takes you from Central to Kowloon or Wan Chai in a matter of minutes, but to make it really entertaining for the kiddos, go on an hour-long tour that involves a ride on a recreated 1920s ferry. The journey culminates in a front-row seat of the “Symphony of Lights” performance – a nightly visual spectacle involving lasers, searchlights and music working in harmony from iconic buildings at both sides of the harbor.

Hung Shing Yeh Lamma Island Hong Kong
The white sandy beach of Hung Shing Yeh. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com

3. Day trip to Lamma Island

The third-largest island in Hong Kong has thousands of years of fishing history but is now better known for its laidback vibe thanks to a no-car policy. It has also evolved into a trendy location for the creative set. Craft shops, bookstores and cafes line its narrow main street, and there are also many open-air restaurants hawking fresh seafood dishes. Let the children play at the attractive Hung Shing Yeh Beach before you embark on the relatively easy Lamma Island Family Trail – a 5km trek that spans across two piers and offers splendid views of the surrounding sights.

Hong Kong Unesco Global Geopark
Hexagonal rock columns in the Hong Kong Unesco Global Geopark. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com

4. Visit the Hong Kong Unesco Global Geopark

Spanning over 150 km² and comprising the Sai Kung Volcanic Rock Region and the Northeast New Territories Sedimentary Rock Region, this is where your family can witness glorious natural landscapes and wild coastlines created by the earth’s movements and volcanic activity. The Geopark consists of several scenic islands and peninsulas, with unique volcanic rock formations, steep cliffs, sea arches and rugged hexagonal rock columns, as well as a 400-year-old village. Some areas are quite far and difficult to get to, so your best bet is to join a guided tour that will take you on an educational journey, such as this one on Hong Kong’s Geopark North East Wonder and another that allows you to explore the Sai Kung Volcanic Region by boat.

Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden Hong Kong
An Indian muntjac in the Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com

5. Tread lightly at the Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden (KFBG)

At this conservation and education centre located in Tai Po district, kids can get acquainted with all manner of cute creatures, such as pigs, palm civets, leopard cats, parrots and owls. There is also plenty of greenery to admire, with several walking trails as well as an orchid greenhouse, cactus greenhouse and an eco-garden. Children can engage in nature-related art and handicraft activities at its Art House, such as woodblock printing and natural tree ring printing, or go on a treasure hunt.

Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple Hong Kong
The Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com

6. Sign up for a guided walking tour

The vibrant and eclectic city has plenty to offer, whether it is its rich culture, delicious food scene, fascinating history or beautiful nature. A walking tour with a guide allows you to truly get to know the city and discover hidden gems that only locals know about. Try the Kowloon History and Michelin Food Tour offered by Hello Hong Kong. It begins with an informative exploration of Kowloon that takes you to the famous Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple and the notorious Kowloon Walled City Park before ending with stops along Michelin-rated eats, including a local bakery and a cheong fun (rice noodle roll) eatery. Walk Hong Kong also offers urban walking tours, such as a heritage walk that takes you through significant locations such as Statue Square, The French Mission Building and St John’s Anglican Cathedral.

Please check the establishments’ respective websites for guidelines before visiting, and remember to adhere to safe-distancing measures while out and about.

To learn more about Singapore Airlines flights, visit singaporeair.com. For updates and travel advisories, please visit Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ website.

SEE ALSO: Air travel bubble with Hong Kong: 5 cool local boutiques in HK to shop at

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Monday, 19 October 2020

Singapore and Hong Kong set to allow leisure travel without quarantine between cities - Prestige Online

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A photography-filled itinerary to Singapore with Mindy Tan

Mindy Tan
During a recent film shoot with Ink, in collaboration with Singapore Tourism Board, documentary photographer Mindy Tan went around the island to interview and photograph the people of Singapore. Photo credit: Mindy Tan

As a thriving business hub that is home to nearly six million people, there seems to be a new building popping up seemingly every other month in the Lion City. However, despite its veneer as a densely packed concrete jungle, Singapore is actually home to plenty of green spaces, which is how it earned the moniker “The Garden City”. From futuristic city parks like Gardens by the Bay to wilder spots like MacRitchie Reservoir, the city-state offers myriad choices to enjoy a respite from the urban sprawl.

As part of a campaign between Ink and the Singapore Tourism Board centred on the theme of Strength, documentary photographer Mindy Tan takes us on a personalised tour of Singapore that you can watch here.

Mindy Tan Singapore State of Mind series
Mindy Tan at work

In this short video, Tan gets acquainted with some of the more characterful spots in Singapore such as the bird singing club at Kebun Baru and the durian stalls lining the streets of Geylang. She says, “During my four years living in Europe, my love for Singapore grew even stronger. When I returned, I made it my mission to capture as much of my country as I could.”

“I feel that committing our people and our traditions to photographs would be my way of preserving our strong history and culture,” Tan adds.

Feeling inspired to head outdoors and snap a few shots yourself? This photography-centric itinerary offers a few suggestions on where to go to capture the best of the Garden City.

Sungei Buloh
Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve is a nature reserve rich in biodiversity. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com

8AM

Get an early start at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, a nature reserve located in the northwest of Singapore. Spread across 130 hectares, this sprawling reserve forms an important stopover point for a large variety of migratory birds, including some that fly from as far as Siberia to escape the winter months. Apart from spotting the different migratory bird species, see if you can catch sight the other wildlife that call Sungei Buloh home. From the resident family of smooth otters to even the occasional saltwater crocodile, the place is teeming with life, especially in the early hours of the morning when the weather is cooler and the animals are more active.

MacRitchie Reservoir
The Chemperai trail at MacRitchie Reservoir is a serene spot for trekkers and budding photographers. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com

10AM

From Sungei Buloh, make your way the popular MacRitchie Trail, home to mischievous long-tailed macaques and other wildlife such as the Sunda Pangolin. While the TreeTop Walk is currently closed for maintenance works, you can still admire postcard-perfect views of the water while traipsing along the Chemperai Trail, which is built on mostly boardwalk. Do also make time to visit the less-crowded but no less beautiful Upper Peirce and Lower Peirce Reservoir Parks. Both offer plenty of picturesque views to add to your photo collection.

12PM

Get some respite from the hot midday sun by stopping for lunch at the famous Casuarina Curry. Fuel up on hearty Indian dishes such as prata and murtabak, and wash it all down with their signature Milo Dinosaur – a dessert-like drink where the chocolate malt powder is heaped atop a glass of icy cold Milo.

1.30PM

Before heading off for an afternoon of photo-taking, catch some shuteye and recharge your tired muscles with Ganbanyoku Hot Stone Therapy at Antioxidant Wellness, a spa located along Upper Thomson. The treatment involves lying on heated stone beds that naturally emit Far Infrared Rays (FIR) and negative ions, which is said to improve blood circulation and lower stress levels. Perfect for putting you in the right state of mind to get those creative juices flowing!

Botanic Gardens
The Learning Forest at Singapore Botanic Gardens offers plenty of stunning photography options. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com

3.30PM

Make your way to the Unesco-listed Singapore Botanic Gardens, located on the fringe of Orchard Road. Founded in 1890, this grand old dame is an urban Eden, with towering trees and lush, verdant landscapes interspersed with tranquil ponds. Some of the best spots for nature photography in the labyrinthian park include the National Orchid Garden, which features more than 1,000 species and 2,000 hybrids, as well as the Learning Forest, which consists of a series of boardwalks and elevated walkways.

5.30PM

Located about 15 minutes away by taxi, Mount Emily Park is another inner city green space that offers many beautiful photo ops. The park has a history that dates back to the early 1900s, and judging by the height and girth of some of the trees dotting the space, these gentle giants have been around for at least a hundred years too. With Mount Emily perched atop a small hill, this offers a great vantage point to watch the fast-changing colours in the sky as the sun sets.

Gardens by the Bay
With its futuristic structures and dazzling light show displays, Gardens by the Bay is a photographer’s dream. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com

7PM

Even as night falls, you can still catch some great shots at the photogenic Gardens by the Bay. With its futuristic supertree structures, towering vertical gardens and unique conservatories, this city park is easily one of the most photogenic places in Singapore. Be sure to check out the newly reopened OCBC Skyway, a 128m-long aerial walkway that offers mesmerising views of the Marina Bay area. The free light and sound show at Supertree Grove have also been reinstated – with a twist. Instead of the usual shows happening at 7.45pm and 8.45pm, the Supertree lights will be turned on to light background music continuously from 7pm to 10pm.

Bread Street Kitchen
Enjoy scrumptious bites at Marina Bay Sands’ many dining establishments

8.30PM

After, head over to the nearby Marina Bay Sands for a sumptuous meal at stellar establishments such as Adrift by David Myers, Bread Street Kitchen by Gordon Ramsay and Cut from celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck. After a long day of capturing the best of Singapore’s green spaces, go on and indulge in a sumptuous spread!

Please check the establishments’ respective websites for opening hours before visiting, and remember to adhere to safe-distancing measures while out and about.

SEE ALSO: Artists Ripple Root share an art-filled itinerary to Singapore

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Happy International Gin & Tonic Day: 6 gin distilleries that offer virtual tastings

After a long day at work, nothing beats unwinding with a refreshing gin & tonic. First concocted in the 1700s by the army of the British East India Company in India as a means to prevent malaria, gin & tonic has since evolved to be a popular cocktail around the world. With distilleries in different parts of the globe coming up with a new gin seemingly every other month, the possibilities for inventive flavours are endless.

While safe distancing measures are still in place – in varying degrees – across the network, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a good G&T in the comfort of your own home. During lockdown, many bars and distilleries pivoted to offering cocktail deliveries and virtual tasting sessions, which offered a respite for those cooped up at home.

Read on to find out which distilleries are offering virtual gin tasting sessions in your neck of the woods.

manchester gin
Manchester Gin is the brainchild of a couple passionate about gins.

1. Manchester Gin, Manchester

Founded by a couple, Seb Heeley and Jen Wiggins, who bonded over their mutual love for gin, this distillery was birthed in their dining room where they started with distilling just 60 litres of gin at a time. They went on to make and sell 25,000 bottles from home, eventually clinching Gold at the Spirit Masters for micro-distillery. Today, the Spirit of Manchester Distillery, set in six Grade-II* listed arches in the heart of Manchester’s city centre, is a full-fledged distillery capable of producing a million bottles annually, but the pair continue to pour their passion for craft gin into each bottle.

Tasting notes: The virtual tasting includes four 50ml bottles of Manchester Gins (Signature, Raspberry Infused, Blackberry Infused, Wild Spirit), four 200ml bottles of premium tonics and two Manchester Gin glasses. The session is delivered by Seb and Jen in a pre-recorded video and delves into the brand story and history of Manchester Gin as well as a deep dive into each gin and its unique properties. Live sessions for private groups of 10 or more people are also available upon request. Private sessions are delivered by Manchester Gin’s distillers and include an in-depth tasting of each gin, the botanicals that make it unique, and what makes a perfect tonic pairing.

Price: Starts from £40.00

Brass Lion Gin
Brass Lion Distillery offers private virtual tastings upon request

2. Brass Lion Distillery, Singapore

This homegrown distillery is the brainchild of F&B entrepreneur Jamie Koh, who was determined to create a gin crafted in Singapore that best encapsulates the spirit of the Little Red Dot. The eight-year-old distillery sits within a charming two-storey space in Alexandra Terrace where imbibers can sample the different gins alongside some light bites or sign up for an in-depth gin masterclass. If you prefer, you can also sign up for a tasting session to be conducted online.

Tasting notes: Led by Brass Lion Brand Ambassador Kino, these virtual sessions are currently conducted only on request. As such, the contents of the kit will be dependent on customers’ requests, but a basic kit usually includes three 50ml bottles of Brass Lion gin, one bottle of tonic and one measuring shot glass for tasting and measuring. The session starts with an introduction to the distillery and brand, followed by an introduction to the three signature gins and how best to nose and taste the gins. Kino will also guide the participants on how to stir/lift the ice so that the fizziness of the drink is kept.

Price: Available upon request

Kintyre Gin
Beinn an Tuirc Distillery is committed to sustainability

3. Beinn an Tuirc Distillery, Scotland

While Scotland is perhaps better known for their whiskeys, this gin distillery that was founded in 2016 has made a name for itself for its efforts in sustainability. The estate is powered by its own hydroelectricity while water is sourced from the “Beinn an Tuirc’” which translates from Gaelic as ‘The Hill of the Wild Boar’ and is the highest point in Kintyre, located above the distillery building. It first started conducting virtual tasting sessions for private clients who could not get to Kintyre but has since started offering online experiences to more people during this pandemic period.

Tasting notes: Participants will be guided through a tasting of Kintyre Botanical Gin, Kintyre Pink Gin and Tarbert Legbiter Navy Strength Gin. Each tasting pack includes a recommended tonic for each gin as well as suggestions for mixers and garnishes. These tastings are normally limited to 15 spaces, so it can be as interactive and informal as possible. While guests enjoy their G&T, the host will share more about Beinn an Tuirc Distillery, their unique location at Torrisdale Castle Estate as well as the history of the family, which goes back five generations.

Price: Tastings can be tailored to particular needs but are usually £25 to £30 per person.

Archie Rose
Archie Rose offers a comprehensive selection of virtual cocktail masterclasses

4. Archie Rose, Sydney

Founded in 2014 and located in Rosebery – just a few kilometres south of downtown Sydney – this award-winning distillery produces a wide range of whiskies, vodkas, rums and of course, gins. They have recently put together a comprehensive selection of virtual cocktail masterclasses, which can even be conducted for people living outside of Australia. Check out their events packages here or contact nina@archierose.com.au for more information.

Tasting notes: One of their signature workshops is the virtual “Blend Your Own Gin” experience. This interactive workshop takes you through the art and history behind gin and how Archie Rose makes theirs, before you get to blend a selection of pure botanical distillates to create your own signature gin. The Archie Rose experts will also guide you through the Art of the Martini to enjoy your very own gin creation. This package comes with a 200ml bottle of Signature Dry Gin, eight types of botanical distillates such as rivermint and lemon myrtle, one bottle of tonic, one 50ml Maidenii dry vermouth, one Graduated Copper Bell Jigger and eight pipettes.

Price: Starts from A$150

tiny bear
Tiny Bear is a craft distillery started by a former high school Chemistry teacher

5. Tiny Bear, Victoria

Located about a 40-minute drive from Melbourne, this boutique distillery was founded in 2017 by Damien Anderson, a former high school Chemistry teacher. Combining his love for science with his passion for craft gins, he set out to create top-quality spirits using only the best raw ingredients.

Tasting notes: To cater to customers who are unable to travel due to lockdown measures, Anderson has created pre-recorded tasting sessions that are open to anyone living in Australia. Each pack contains a sample of their signature gins (with intriguing names such as Doctor or Gypsy), two Strange Love tonics, dehydrated garnishes as well as a postcard suggesting the order in which you move through and enjoy the five cocktails. Because the tasting workshop is pre-recorded, you can enjoy it at any time of the day and hit “pause” whenever you want.

Price: A$60 per pack.

Warners
Warner’s Distillery is located on a bucolic family farm in England’s East Midlands

6. Warner’s Distillery, Northamptonshire

Sprawled across a large family farm in the idyllic East Midlands of England that’s two hours away from London, this distillery, which started in 2012, is the maker behind the award-winning Harrington Dry Gin. It has also come up with a slew of creative flavours such as rhubarb and pink berry. While it used to offer tours for guests to explore its five-acre farm, the Covid-19 pandemic has ground those tours to a halt. However, residents of the UK can still enjoy a G&T with Warners’ live virtual gin tasting and farm and distillery tours.

Tasting notes: Led by founders Tom and Tina Warner as well as an expert team made up of distillers, horticulturists and mixologists, each 1.5-hour session takes you on a journey through five farm-grown gins and takes place in the relevant area of the farm. For example, as you taste the Lemon Balm Gin, the session will be hosted in the middle of their lush botanical garden or as you sip on the Honeybee gin, the session will be hosted on the part of the farm where they do live beekeeping.

Price: £40 per person but each package is sufficient for two drinkers

SEE ALSO: Marina Bay Sands celebrates its 10th birthday with unique S$20 cocktails

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Picnic Point park and walking tracks – Toowoomba

The lookout and park at Picnic Point, Toowoomba, is a popular spot for leisurely coffees, family picnics and can be a great day out. It’s located high on a peak in the Great Dividing Range offering panoramic views out onto the Lockyer Valley plains below. It’s also the starting point for a range of walks down the escarpment and through the bush below.

Waterfall at Picnic Point Toowoomba

The shorter tracks are named for the local birds in the area, both the fantail and pardalote trails provided excellent examples of their namesakes on our walks and the best close view of the black-headed striated pardalote that we’ve seen.  I even managed to get a few photos with my standard walkabout lens. Considering they are at the entrance to their nesting burrows they are incredibly relaxed.

Striated Pardalote in Toowoomba

There’s plenty of space, a childrens playground and picnic facilities.  In the restaurant you can order a coffee, snack or meal and eat inside or out on the patio with spectacular views out over the valley.  There are also clean restroom facilities and plenty of green space for games or to spread out the picnic blanket.

As you drive up over the hill from the Lockyer Valley into Toowoomba you will see a large Australian flag flying up on the hill to your left, that is Picnic Park.  To get up there you’ll need to work your way through a few local streets which become wide and tree-lined avenues as you approach the summit. 

You can see the flag flying most of the way as you come up the hill, so it is very easy to find your way if you just drive towards it. Alternatively, you can use Google maps or other vehicle-based navigation systems to get you pointed in the right direction, it’s not far.

Pardalote track at Picnic Point

At the top is car parking, parkland, gardens, the start of several walking trails, the restaurant, toilets and many spots that give fabulous views out over the surrounding area, Lockyer Valley and beyond.

Near the top is a man-made waterfall, there’s a love locks fence above and if you walk down either through the park or the walking track the falls provides an attractive backdrop for family photos and the kids will love climbing across the stepping stones with very little chance of getting really wet.

The whole area is beautifully planted and looks even more special if you get up here around the Toowoomba Flower Festival when a lot of work goes into ensuring every flower bed around town is looking its best.

Picnic Point during flower festival

Picnic Point Walking tracks

As we’ve mentioned above, there are 5 walking tracks within the Picnic Point park to take a look at if you have some time to spend up here. You can download the official map of the walking trails here.

Fantail Walk

This is the shortest of the tracks at 1.8 km return, it’s partially paved and includes some stairs. It drops down from the memorial park area at the top through the open forest at the south-east edge of the park. You return along the same path so all the downhill on the way out is uphill on the way back.

Panoramic view from Picnic Point

The track is named for the cheeky showy fantails that may flit across your path. Throughout south east Queensland including Toowoomba you’ll see both the grey and rufous fantails, the grey being more common in winter and the rufous in summer.

Pardalote track

The Pardalote track is 3.7 km returning again along the same path or you could walk back through the park and along the road. You are also close to the start of the Fantail walk if you wanted to combine the two.

Start the track at Lions Park up by the cafe, you’ll pass Bill Goulds Lookout and the man-made waterfall then continue along the edge of the hillside and open eucalypt forest. The track is named for the Striated Pardalote a small colourful bird found in the area, it nests in burrows in river banks or hillsides and you can see these holes along the first part of the walk between the lookout and waterfall. During spring you’ll see the birds coming frequently in and out of them with nesting material.

Picnic Point Waterfall

From the Pardalote track there are some incredible views out over the Lockyer Valley and Table Top Mountain. and can also be accessed from Picnic Point Park or Tobruk Drive Park. This walk finishes at the end of South Street, 450m from the intersection with Fantail Walk.

Firetail track

You’ll start to see a bit of a theme with the Picnic Park walks, being at the top of the escarpment there is a lot of downhill and back uphill again. Again you’ll start up near the lookout or cafe but this time head to the right (as you look out across the view).

The Firetail track is 4.2 km return and the views from this one are north and east across the valley including the distinctive Table Top Mountain. Watch out for a good variety of birds and wildlife on this one too.

Picnic Point Circuit

At 6.4 km this one isn’t actually a separate track but instead links up the other 4 into one longer circuit track, due to the terrain that is going to mean some significant hill work and steep patches but comes with some excellent views to enjoy.

Picnic Point Bridle trail

The Picnic Point Bridle trail is 3 km return track from Tabletop drive to Stevenson Street. It’s open to walkers but is perhaps better suited to mountain bike and horse riders who share this one. Both roads are very narrow but have a small offroad parking space at the trail head.


If you are looking for more things to do in Toowoomba while you’re in town or passing through there are some great cafes in the central city and while you are there take a walk around to check out the street art in the laneways.

Toowoomba is known as the garden city and you really can’t go past the parks and gardens, some of the best known are Queens Park which is connected to the botanic gardens, Laurel Bank Park and the spectacular Ju Raku En Japanese gardens.

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Originally published 5 July 2014

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Australia in 'travel bubble' discussions with Singapore, Japan - Executive Traveller

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Australia in 'travel bubble' discussions with Singapore, Japan - Executive Traveller

Australia in 'travel bubble' discussions with Singapore, Japan  Executive Traveller

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The Latest: Hong Kong, Singapore agree to new travel bubble - Dayton Daily News

The Latest: Hong Kong, Singapore agree to new travel bubble  Dayton Daily News

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New travel insurance launched for Covid-19 in Singapore - ITIJ

New travel insurance launched for Covid-19 in Singapore  ITIJ

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Hong Kong urged to curb India travel as city records 17 new Covid-19 cases - South China Morning Post

Hong Kong urged to curb India travel as city records 17 new Covid-19 cases  South China Morning Post

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Hong Kong and Singapore create world’s first ‘reciprocal travel bubble’ - Daily Times

Hong Kong and Singapore create world’s first ‘reciprocal travel bubble’  Daily Times

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Singapore-Hong Kong Air Fares Jump 40% on Travel Bubble Plan - BNN

Singapore-Hong Kong Air Fares Jump 40% on Travel Bubble Plan  BNN

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Tourism sector hails Hong Kong-Singapore bubble as ‘big step’ - South China Morning Post

Tourism sector hails Hong Kong-Singapore bubble as ‘big step’  South China Morning Post

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Tourism sector hails Hong Kong-Singapore bubble as ‘big step’ - South China Morning Post

Tourism sector hails Hong Kong-Singapore bubble as ‘big step’  South China Morning Post

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Return of mass air travel at least 2 years away: Ong Ye Kung - The Straits Times

Return of mass air travel at least 2 years away: Ong Ye Kung  The Straits Times

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Singapore-Hong Kong Air Fares Jump 40% on Travel Bubble Plan - BNN

Singapore-Hong Kong Air Fares Jump 40% on Travel Bubble Plan  BNN

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Saturday, 17 October 2020

Mass Air Travel’s Return at Least Two Years Away, Singapore Says - Bloomberg

Mass Air Travel’s Return at Least Two Years Away, Singapore Says  Bloomberg

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Green lanes, travel bubbles, air bridges from Singapore: Where can I go now? - AsiaOne

Green lanes, travel bubbles, air bridges from Singapore: Where can I go now?  AsiaOne

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Asia Minute: Singapore and Hong Kong Announce a Travel Bubble - Hawaiipublicradio

Asia Minute: Singapore and Hong Kong Announce a Travel Bubble  Hawaiipublicradio

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Tourism sector hails Hong Kong-Singapore bubble as ‘big step’ - South China Morning Post

Tourism sector hails Hong Kong-Singapore bubble as ‘big step’  South China Morning Post

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The Latest: Hong Kong, Singapore agree to new travel bubble - McKinnon Broadcasting - KUSI

The Latest: Hong Kong, Singapore agree to new travel bubble - McKinnon Broadcasting  KUSI

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Singapore-Hong Kong Travel Bubble Could Start Within Weeks - BloombergQuint

Singapore-Hong Kong Travel Bubble Could Start Within Weeks  BloombergQuint

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Tourism sector hails Hong Kong-Singapore bubble as ‘big step’ - South China Morning Post

Tourism sector hails Hong Kong-Singapore bubble as ‘big step’  South China Morning Post

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Australia in 'travel bubble' discussions with Singapore, Japan - Executive Traveller

Australia in 'travel bubble' discussions with Singapore, Japan  Executive Traveller

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A local's guide to the best places to eat, drink, and shop in Singapore - Time Out

A local's guide to the best places to eat, drink, and shop in Singapore  Time Out

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Travel bubble with Singapore will open in weeks - Hong Kong Standard

Travel bubble with Singapore will open in weeks  Hong Kong Standard

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Singapore Numbers Ease; Global Cases 39 Million: Virus Update - Yahoo Canada Finance

Singapore Numbers Ease; Global Cases 39 Million: Virus Update  Yahoo Canada Finance

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Singapore and China work on resuming international travel - The Star Online

Singapore and China work on resuming international travel  The Star Online

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Tourism sector hails Hong Kong-Singapore bubble as ‘big step’ - South China Morning Post

Tourism sector hails Hong Kong-Singapore bubble as ‘big step’  South China Morning Post

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Singapore Numbers Ease; Global Cases 39 Million: Virus Update - Yahoo Finance

Singapore Numbers Ease; Global Cases 39 Million: Virus Update  Yahoo Finance

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Indonesia, Singapore agree on business travel corridor - Anadolu Agency

Indonesia, Singapore agree on business travel corridor  Anadolu Agency

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Singapore and China work on resuming international travel - The Star Online

Singapore and China work on resuming international travel  The Star Online

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Tourism sector hails Hong Kong-Singapore bubble as ‘big step’ - South China Morning Post

Tourism sector hails Hong Kong-Singapore bubble as ‘big step’  South China Morning Post

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Indonesia-Singapore Travel Corridor to Open for Applications in Two Weeks - Jakarta Globe

Indonesia-Singapore Travel Corridor to Open for Applications in Two Weeks  Jakarta Globe

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New travel insurance launched for Covid-19 in Singapore - ITIJ

New travel insurance launched for Covid-19 in Singapore  ITIJ

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Hong Kong, Singapore announce plans for travel bubble - Reuters Africa

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8 podcasts that let you travel the world with your ears

These podcasts will allow you to journey to far-off places without having to leave your couch. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com

While widespread leisure travel may still remain a pipe dream for now, these past few months have seen a proliferation of virtual experiences that transport you – however figuratively – to many wondrous far-off places.

From tours of world-class museums such as the Louvre, the Guggenheim Museum and the Rijksmuseum; to being able to get up-close and personal with animals at a myriad of different zoos; to being able to glimpse stunning Unesco World Heritage Sites using 3D-mapping technology, these platforms have the ability to get us as close to the real thing as logistically possible until international borders fully open up again.

If you’re looking for an aural rather than visual escapade, though, there are a plethora of podcasts that let you explore the world from the comfort and safety of your home – all you need to do is kick back, close your eyes, press play and unlock your imagination. Be it an exploration of the many kooky cultural quirks of Japan to a jaunt through some of England’s most gorgeous gardens and landscapes, here are a few to check out.

Explore the Lake District with the National Trust podcast. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com

1. National Trust

An initiative by the National Trust, an organisation dedicated to the heritage conservation of the United Kingdom’s historic buildings and landscapes, this evocative podcast – which spans four series – takes listeners on tours of some of the country’s most storied sites. Tour Agatha Christie’s old stomping grounds in Devon where she retreated to during the holidays; head out on an idyllic gander through the barren plains of the Lake District in winter; explore the unique wildlife that calls the Isle of Wight home; and journey along with a ranger on a foraging trail for edible nettles, juicy berries and more – all without leaving the comfort of your living room.

Saleem Reshamwala hosts Pindrop

2. Pindrop

Launched just this year, Pindrop, a TED original podcast, sees intrepid host Saleem Reshamwala travel the globe in search of some of the most intriguing ideas that different cultures and cities have to offer. Follow along through the bustling streets of Bangkok to find out more about how a local radio station doubles up as an emergency hotline, lost and found and community noticeboard all at once; learn more about a joyous art movement in Nairobi, Kenya, that challenges prevailing narratives of the country; and journey to New Jersey in the United States and listen along as residents try to stop a prehistoric graveyard from being turned into an apartment complex.

Uncanny Japan delves deep into Japanese culture. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com

3. Uncanny Japan

Japanophiles who want to find out more about its history and culture: this is the podcast for you. Hosted by Thersa Matsuura, an author and American immigrant who has spent over half her life living in a small fishing town in Japan, Uncanny Japan explores the various superstitions, traditions, folktales, customs and language quirks that are woven into the storied fabric of Japanese culture. These include diving into the history of the oiran, a high-ranking courtesan similar in appearance to a geisha; a primer on the Bon Odori summer festival; and an examination of food superstitions, such as why you shouldn’t eat crab and watermelon together.

Yellowstone National Park, as covered in the America’s National Parks podcast. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com

4. America’s National Parks

While the United States’ sprawling national parks may be out of reach for many of us at the moment, this story-based podcast gives listeners an inside and in-depth look at the events, people and nature that have shaped the parks into what they are today. Topics range from the quirky (such as an episode that touches on a store at Yellowstone National Park’s Upper Geyser Basin that the owner has wallpapered with hundreds of cancelled checks) to the heart-wrenching (how climate change is utterly ravaging the parks’ flora and fauna) to the educational (an examination of the recently passed Great American Outdoors Act and how it will impact the parks).

Discover more about iconic global cuisine with The Splendid Table. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com

5. The Splendid Table

Hosted by acclaimed American food journalist Francis Lam and produced by American Public Media, The Splendid Table takes listeners on a culinary voyage through the United States and beyond. While it may not be a travel podcast per se, the show spotlights some of the country’s best restaurants specialising in all manner of global cuisines and interviews renowned chefs from around the world, including the likes of Samin Nosrat, Yotam Ottolenghi and René Redzepi. Standout episodes include a deep dive into the regional flavours of Thailand and America’s Thai restaurants, as well as an exploration of global breads – from New York bagels to Ethiopian injera.

Learn more about the music cultures of Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com

6. Afropop Worldwide

Produced by National Public Radio, this Peabody Award-winning weekly podcast offers a guide to the rich and complex music cultures of Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. From the ancient past to the present day, find out more about how these beats, tunes and refrains form an integral part of – and in some cases define – a myriad of societies around the world. Recent episodes transport you to a lively music festival in Abidjan, the musical hub and capital city of Ivory Coast; bring you along on Zimbabwean musician Thomas Mapfumo’s tour of the United States in 1991; and take you to Miami for this year’s edition of Afro Roots Fest.

Field Recordings offers meditative soundtracks of everyday noises. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com

7. Field Recordings

Bring the outdoors in with this ingenious podcast dreamt up by British producer Eleanor McDowall, in which various audio creators and sound artists were tasked with going out into the world and simply recording the everyday sounds of their surroundings. Far from being quotidian, though, each episode offers a meditative immersion into different locales through ambient noise. Need to wind down before bed? Tune into the sound of small waves gently lapping against the rocks on one of the last days of summer in Finland. Feel like listening to the sounds of nature as you go about your morning routine? You can queue up a track of the soothing sound of birds chirping on a misty morning in England.

The American South takes centre stage in The Bitter Southerner. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com

8. The Bitter Southerner

If you’re hoping to discover more about the American South, you’ve come to the right place. With the aim of spotlighting the many complexities of the region, The Bitter Southerner explores this often misunderstood and stereotyped slice of the country through interviews with politicians, musicians, farmers, chefs, innovators and change-makers. Find out more about the politics of baking in the region; get schooled on the culinary history of okra, a vegetable that’s connected Southerners across the lines of race, faith, and gender for centuries; and journey to Clarkston, Georgia, which functioned as the first American home for more than 60,000 refugees across three decades.

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