Shopping For Furniture For My New Home

I recently moved in with my boyfriend who’s living in Singapore. I’m not one to stay in one place for long, but for the mean time, I guess that Singapore would be my home. My boyfriend, let’s call him G, has not really furnished his house yet, so we had to go shopping for some furniture over the weekend. G had a small garden area where he wanted to place some teak benches and perhaps an outdoor swing in, thankfully we found a really helpful website that provided us with a list of furniture stores, see here and here. We also referred to houzz.com for some inspiration, it’s a great site with lots of photos.

Besides outdoor furniture, we wanted to get some furniture for our bedroom too. I recently chanced upon this video showcasing Italian-Designed space saving furniture, it’s definitely something that we’re considering to get. It’s always nice to have more space in the home. One of my local friends live in a HDB, I wonder if she has any space saving furniture in her house.

There are some themes and designs that we want. None of that oriental and antique stuff, we want something that’s more Scandinavian and simple in style. I’m always a fan of keeping it simple, whether it be furnishing houses, or traveling light. Speaking of Nordic style furniture, have you seen this video of handcrafted Scandinavian furniture? It’s absolutely lovely!

I’m really looking forward to the shopping trip (which girl doesn’t like shopping right?), I think it would be a good chance for me to travel around Singapore and experience the sights and sounds. I know, it’s furniture shopping, it’s not going to be as interesting as trekking through a forest or touring a museum, but I think I’ll be able to enjoy it nonetheless. Till then, cheerios!

Would You Buy A Haunted Island?

I was reading the news online when I chanced upon a really interesting story about how one of Italy’s most haunted island is up for sale. According to Time, Italy is auctioning off Poveglia, a small island located between Venice and Lido, which served as a dumping ground for Europeans dying of the bubonic plague in the 17th century.

Italy is offering a 99-year lease of Poveglia in order to raise revenue to pay off its public debt (lol?). The government hopes that the buyer would redevelop the island into a tourist destination, complete with a luxury hotel which would be built where the island’s haunted hospital currently stands.

If you would like to see Poveglia in a video, I high recommend Ghost Hunters. It’s a show featuring 3 macho guys who explore haunted places with handy cams and no camera crew. It’s definitely a lot better than T.A.P.S, although sometimes the host is a little bit dramatic and cheesy.

During my travels, I don’t think I’ve ever consciously seeked out haunted places to explore. I’ve done bungee jumping and other adrenaline junkie stuff, but I guess ghosts and poltergeists just ain’t my idea of an exciting and fun time. I’m also quite paranoid that one of these spirits might follow me home and create havoc in my life, or worst yet, possess the living daylights out of me (think The Exorcist).

So, if you had a lot of money, would you consider purchasing the island and investing some money to turn it into a tourist resort? I’d imagine that you have to offer some kind of disclaimer to all tourist spending the night over in your hotel, that you or the hotel staff cannot be held accountable for any psychological distress visitors might experience during their stay… in hell, muahahaha!

Where Should I Go For My Next Trip?

I’ve recently moved to Singapore; the location’s great, it’s right smacked in the centre of many SEA countries, and I feel like this is my travel hub for my Southeast Asia expeditions. I’ve been to quite a few countries during my travels, but I’ve always wanted to travel around Asia a little bit more. Maybe I’ll plan a short trip to Taiwan; it’s been awhile since I’ve been there, and the last time I was there, I was mainly in Taipei, so for this trip, I’m going to try keeping to the suburban or rural areas, to experience life at a different pace. I picked up a little bit of Mandarin when I was in school, and I hope that I’ll be able to put it to use when I visit Taiwan.

Besides Taiwan, I’m thinking that I might also consider Indonesia. I’m not planning on going to all the resorts; instead, I might try exploring the local attractions like Prambanan or the Ubud Monkey Forest. I’m not sure how safe it will be for me to backpack in Indonesia by myself, perhaps I’ll call one of my friends along for the trip.

The third place that I’m considering is Malaysia, it’s the closest to Singapore, and I’ll be able to take a bus or train there. If I’m feeling a little outdoor-sy, I might go to Taman Negara. I’m definitely not going to Legoland, it’s a waste of time. It’s the equivalent of travelling to Nepal and having your lunch at Macdonald’s – i.e. missing the point.

If you have been to any of these places mentioned above, please do let me know about your experience. If you have recommendation, I’d be opened to that too. I would like to find out more about places off the beaten path, it’s the most rewarding type of travel in my opinion.