Rosemarie John

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The Dattatreya Courtyard of Bhaktapur Durbar Square

by Rosemarie John September 25, 2012

Part of the three ancient kingdoms of Kathmandu Valley, Bhaktapur is filled with monuments made from terracotta and carved wood columns along with palaces and temples decked with elaborate carvings, gilded roofs and open courtyards. The Dattatreya Square is one such courtyard. The seat of royalty until the 15th century or so, the area is home to a great number […]

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Exploring the Kathmandu Durbar Square

by Rosemarie John September 20, 2012

Known locally as the Hanuman-Dhoka Durbar Square, the Kathmandu Durbar Square located in the heart of old Kathmandu city in Basantapur is one of three ancient medieval kingdoms. Previously a walled fortress known as Durbar (Palace) Square, the Kathmandu Durbar Square is among the region’s revered World Heritage Sites. Surrounded by concrete buildings, the complex was once the residence of […]

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Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival 2012

by Rosemarie John September 17, 2012

Every year, Singapore comes alive with colourful lanterns and decorations for the Mid-Autumn Festival. A festival derived through the custom of moon worshipping during the Shang Dynasty, it is now known best as a celebration of family unity at a time of year when the moon is at its fullest and brightest. With 16,800 lanterns lighting up four main streets […]

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The Three Sisters at Katoomba, NSW

by Rosemarie John September 3, 2012

Just an hours drive from the heart of Sydney, lies the beautiful rock formations called the Thee Sisters. Located in the Blue Mountains at Katoomba, a visit to this panoramic region is a must for a refreshing break out of the city. A World Heritage site and consisting of mainly a sandstone plateau dissected by gorges up to 760 metres […]

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Faces of Asia

by Rosemarie John August 24, 2012

Diversity is what makes Asia so unique. From its culture to customs, from its flavours to festivities, from its mountains to its plains, Asia makes up the world’s largest continent. But what makes Asia so special is its people… and here are some of their many faces. A Balinese dancer performing a sketch from the Ramayana A Chinese performer dressed […]

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The Featherdale Wildlife Park in Doonside, NSW

by Rosemarie John August 21, 2012

For a personal experience with the indigenous animals of Australia, head over to the Featherdale Wildlife Park in New South Wales. An interactive animal park where you can feed, hold and get up close to a large variety of Australian fauna, the park caters to all ages and is spread across seven acres of land. A 45mins drive from the […]

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Face of an Angel – The Peace Fountain

by Rosemarie John August 17, 2012

Up close… the sculptured face of archangel Michael. A truly thought provoking piece, the Peace Fountain at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine depicts the struggle of good and evil. The forces of good, embodied in the figure of the archangel Michael, triumph by decapitating Satan, whose head hangs from one side.

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Grab a Bite at Sydney’s Oldest Pub

by Rosemarie John August 5, 2012

It’s the old charm of a place that makes a visit all that more special and the Fortune of War pub in The Rocks precinct of Sydney is just where you’d want to be after a long day out. Dating back to 1828, the Fortune of War is the city’s oldest continually-licensed pub. This heritage bar has built an enviable […]

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Fall in Love with Laos Contest

by Rosemarie John July 27, 2012

Ever dreamed of visiting the sleepy capital of Vientiane that sits on the banks of the Mekong River? Well… now is your chance for an all-expenses paid holiday to Laos through Changi Airport’s Fall in Love with Laos Contest. A place of stunning natural beauty and cultural treasures, Laos is one of the few rare destinations in Southeast Asia that […]

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Holiday Inn at The Rocks

by Rosemarie John July 23, 2012

If living amongst historical sandstone buildings, iconic sights and quaint cobbled streets don’t bring out the deep cultural feel of a place rooted in time, nothing else will. The Holiday Inn in Old Sydney offers an ideal way to experience Sydney’s colonial past and its modern architecture all at the same time. With close proximity to Circular Quay and the […]

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