Classroom Curiosities XXIII

Happy Teachers’ Day to all the teachers out there! This edition brings you an uncomfortable explanation, a journey into Space and the tooth fairy gone AWOL. A family day out My primary classes were writing personal recounts about a family excursion. Most children chose days out at the beach, or a fun trip abroad. One…

Camel Safari, Jaisalmer

While backpacking around India, we visited Jaisalmer on the western edge of Rajasthan. This golden city sits beside the Thar desert, and each February, a colourful desert festival takes place here where locals race camels, award prizes for the longest moustache and participate in turban tying competitions. We signed up for an overnight camel trek…

Batam Spa Day

Yesterday, my friend and I were up at the ungodly hour of 5:30am, heading to Harbourfront ferry terminal to catch a boat across to Sekupang in Batam. Once we were safely across, the spa picked us up and we arrived at the Tempat Senang Spa retreat after ten minutes on the road. We had booked…

Gone Crabbing

I knelt down to scoop up a small crab. It was the same shade of brown as the mud and only visible by its scuttling pointed legs. Tiny holes bubbled and served as escape hatches for the luckier ones. I plopped the crab into my bucket to meet its friends who were nibbling on strips…

Guide to Sanur, Bali

In December last year, my family and I spent 2 weeks in Sanur on the southeastern coast of Bali. Some travellers call this place ‘Snore’ as it is more relaxed than the party towns of Kuta and Seminyak on the west, but here is what we found: Where to eat There are lots of local…

Skin

As I was reading on the summer lawn, a shadow passed across the pages of my book. I squinted skywards. “Is that real?” “Yes.” My boyfriend’s mother looked at my tattoo and quietly walked away. I felt as though I had let her down. I had my first tattoo when I was seventeen. It was…