A birthday treat: Diving at Tioman Island (video)

To celebrate my birthday, we journeyed to Pulau Tioman, an island 250km from Singapore, off the east coast of Malaysia. I’ve wanted to learn to dive for so long, so we did a lesson and dove right in!

The waters were super warm, about 27 degrees, and beautifully clear. We saw a massive moray eel, pufferfish, rays and tonnes of other brightly coloured tropical fish that I don’t know the names of. We also saw turtles and one blacktip reef shark, but weren’t quick enough with the camera!

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Diving was a magical experience. It put me into a zen state of mind where 45 minutes felt like 5. Upon surfacing, I experienced a sort of come down – disappointment at being back in the real world – albeit a very beautiful real world.

I’ll post later about the full trip, but for now it’s safe to say I’m hooked on diving and will definitely be planning more trips.

If you’ve been to Tioman Island or have recently learned to dive, I’d love to hear about it. Drop me a comment 🙂

Day-tripping Singapore: Bukit Timah Nature Reserve

Our first Sunday in Singapore, rest day! After the first few days of busy life admin, we decided to use this free day to escape the high rises and visit the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve.

The reserve is only 12km from the city centre, but is home to a whole host of wildlife. Stretching across 163 hectares (slightly larger than Hyde Park), this is one of the few areas of primary rainforest remaining in the country. It also has Singapore’s highest hill, standing at 163 metres (did they plan to match the hectarage with the height?!).

Getting sweaty

There are a number of routes to take through the reserve, and the friendly people at the visitor centre will help you choose.  Keep on reading

Saying goodbye

With one week to go until we take our one-way trip to Singapore, the time has come to say goodbye to friends and family.

This has been more emotional than I expected. We have collected good friends from each different stage of our lives, and they are all wonderful people. They bring us laughter and a sense of absolute belonging. And now we are moving 7,000 miles away.  Keep on reading

A week in Singapore

We were lucky enough to have a weeks trip to Singapore in February. The idea was to choose where we might want to live. We fell in love with the cool atmosphere of Tiong Bahru, but also got distracted by the many other sights the island has to offer.

Trial run East

I’ve settled into my vast business class seat, have my flight socks on, bloody mary in hand and am scrolling through the movies list. This is bliss. My husband’s company is sending us for a week’s visit to Singapore to ‘check we like it’. The chances of us not wanting to move there are slim, but hey, free trip!  Keep on reading

Would we move to Singapore?

It’s October, and I’m sat in the autumnal garden of my parents’ home in rural Somerset, England. They are on holiday, and me and my husband are house sitting. 

We’ve spent the week walking and wild camping in Dartmoor, paddling down rivers in our new inflatable canoe, and trying out all the local country pubs. Little do we know that our very British lifestyle is about to change dramatically. Keep on reading