Submitted by ashelyl@a1 on Thu, 2016-05-05 09:42
Imagine running in the sizzling 45°C heat of the Sahara desert for six days over 257km. No wonder this ultramarathon is billed by Discovery Channel as "the toughest footrace on earth".
The Marathon des Sables (MdS) is made even tougher because the rules require runners to be self-sufficient ie: to carry the water, food, medical kit, sleeping bag and other stuff they need (for each stage of the race) in their backpacks as they go.
The race held its 31st edition from April 8 to 18 in the southern Moroccan Sahara desert.
Submitted by debwong@a1 on Tue, 2016-05-03 19:02
SINGAPORE - Travelling with children can be trying for cholesterol levels, especially when the tantrums break out on airplanes.
Fortunately, British Airways and Changi Airport have dished out some handy tips for jetsetting families.
From making sure that junior is sufficiently entertained to picking out the best leisure deals for parents, here are pointers you shouldn't miss out on.
How to make sure junior stays comfortable:
Submitted by ashelyl@a1 on Tue, 2016-05-03 18:05
It's easy for Japan to feel familiar. After all, who hasn't seen or heard about the snow-capped dome of Mount Fuji, the freaky fashion experiment of Harajuku, and the hushed sensuality of Kyoto's geishas?
But take the time to look beyond the big-ticket sites and you'll discover villages untouched by westernisation, deserted tracts of wilderness and cultural experiences of extra-terrestrial quirkiness.
Submitted by ashelyl@a1 on Tue, 2016-05-03 17:45
GWANGMYEONG, Gyeonggi Province -- The fate of Gwangmyeong Cave has fluctuated with the various happenings in the wild Korean modern history.
During the Japanese colonial period (1910-1945), it was abused for precious metals like gold and copper for the Japanese. When the specter of exploitation had finally gone, it became a shelter for Korean refugees during the Korean War (1950-1953). In peacetime, the abandoned gold mine served as a storage for salted shrimp.
Submitted by ashelyl@a1 on Tue, 2016-05-03 17:37
So near yet so far. Amsterdam, revelling in the geometry of its precise canals and bell-shaped merchant houses, is a city that honours the golden-age zeitgeist of the 16th century.
It's a place more recently reinvented as a creative hub for the eat-sleep-rave generation. Rotterdam, about 75km to the south-west, is an intriguing blend of super Dutch architecture and Tetris-shaped buildings set on the Maas River.
It's a transient place without a historic core because of World War II, but one, locals will tell you, they didn't like much anyway.
Submitted by ashelyl@a1 on Tue, 2016-05-03 16:56
This article first appeared on Skyscanner's Top 5 weekend getaways for Mums
With Mother's Day quickly approaching, it's the perfect time to book your Mum a surprise getaway and pamper her with a well-deserved break.
From spa days to great shopping to amazing food and relaxing beaches, Skyscanner brings you 5 great Mother's Day destinations guaranteed to help Mum relax, recharge and rejuvenate.
Submitted by ashelyl@a1 on Tue, 2016-05-03 16:46
There are three things that I always factor in when I am about to decide my next travel destination: good food, fascinating culture and/or history and Instagrammable architecture.
The third one may sound silly, but I do enjoy sharing pictures of beautiful places, as well as finding out places what other places people go.
Having carefully thought about these three factors, Italy came to mind. Not Rome, not Venice nor Milan; this time I chose to explore the Tuscany region.
Submitted by ashelyl@a1 on Tue, 2016-05-03 16:37
Lombok International Airport ( LIA ) in West Nusa Tenggara is now included in the list of airports with free-visa facilities for foreign citizens from 159 countries.
"The free-visa entry for foreigners from 159 countries has been opened at LIA. Hopefully it can widen access for foreign tourists travelling to Lombok and West Nusa Tenggara in general," said the region's Tourism and Culture Agency head Mohammad Faozal to thejakartapost.com on Monday.
Submitted by ashelyl@a1 on Tue, 2016-05-03 16:27
NOTHING beats exploring a place as you learn about it. Retellings of a bygone era come to life when you stroll into well-preserved heritage sites or immerse your senses in traditional dishes that represent a whole culture.
What better way to study Hong Kong than to peep into its nooks and crannies?
This is the perfect opportunity for the whole family to discover Fragrant Harbour's charm - beyond two-dimensional textbooks and the Internet - while forging strong bonds and making lasting memories together.
Submitted by youentan@a1 on Tue, 2016-05-03 12:12
Last year, Yau Yi Xi and her brother Yi Ken went on a year-long backpacking and cycling trip with their parents across Asia and Europe.
They visited 28 countries including Switzerland, the Czech Republic and Mongolia, and sometimes slept in tents.
So what, you might ask. Others have done this too. Well, how many of them were aged two and five?
"We had always wanted to take a long vacation before Yi Ken starts primary school," said Mr Sean Yau of his son, who was then five. Yi Xi was even younger - she was only two.
"This seemed like the perfect opportunity."