Boarding Pass – Notabilia
It’s amazing to me the ways that blogs can help put a place on the map, and in a way guidebooks don’t. Notabilia is just one of those. Run by an American expat who recently moved to Singapore, she’s quickly becoming a valued resource for the arts & cultural scene there. In fact, she’s also started up three weekly columns: Cooking With, Singapore Shopaholic, and My Singapore. It makes me feel like I should move to some more off the track place, instead of competing with a million Paris bloggers. In any case, I like the way this girl thinks! Thanks, Notabilia!
last trip taken: Kochi (Cochin), India
next trip on deck: Langkawi, Malaysia
one place you would go back to again and again:
Can I say Paris? So cliched, I know. The art, the architecture, the language, the fashion. I love it all.
place you’d most likely recommend a friend go visit:
Baltimore, Maryland. Seriously. While a student, I lived in “The City that Reads” and came to love the used book stores, storied row houses, literary pubs, and the historic harbor of this wonderfully eclectic place. It’s a diverse city steeped in American history.
preferred method of transportation:
Train. Riding the Shinkansen from Tokyo to Kyoto was an experience I will never forget. We hope to ride the rails from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur soon. (More about my fascination with trains here and here).
place you’ve never been but dying to go:
Shanghai, Damascus, Buenos Aires, Vienna.
place you’d never go back:
I feel blessed to be able to see the world. I am grateful for all my travel experiences.
most memorable trip in 2 sentences or less:
Picture postcard-beautiful Montreux, Switzerland for the 2004 Jazz Festival. It was also our honeymoon, so perhaps I am biased.
how do you prepare for a trip?
I am such a planner. I create itineraries, lists (shops, restaurants, etc.), and maps. I check out all the books and videos on my destination from the local library. I visit message boards and blogs. I talk to friends who have visited or lived in the places I am about to visit. I look up average temperatures. I monitor exchange rates. I seek out deals. Google Docs is my friend.
how do you record your travels when you’re traveling?
With my camera, of course. I also carry around a small notebook and gather envelopes, menus, business cards, tickets, etc. along the way.
what is your favorite thing to photograph in a new place?
Architecture, street art, and flowers.
on an average, how many pictures to you take on a trip?
At least 200 a day.
what’s in your “designer travel kit” ?
I purchased my DSLR–a Nikon D3000–in 2009 and I am still mastering it. Before that, I used a Canon PowerShot A550. And before that, I used a Canon AE-1. I do carry around a notebook and a fine point ink pen as well.
what do you do after a trip? how long after a trip does this happen?
I send 30 or 50 photos to family and friends as soon as I return. I scrapbook all of my trips within six months of my return.
favorite souvenir/thing to bring back?
Paper, tea, a piece of fabric, a scarf, a dress (especially from fashion-forward cities like Paris and Hong Kong), magnets, a map.
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