Articles by Shing Yoong

A travel & culture blog specialising in Scandinavia and the Arctic, peppered with the rest of the world in between.


3-day Kyoto itinerary: includes the Golden Temple
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3-day Kyoto Itinerary, Japan

There’s so much to do in Kyoto, it’s hard to know where to begin. Everything looks so beautiful, and with over two-thousand temples, how do you narrow down your selection of things to see and do? I spent five days in Kyoto, but three days seems to be the most popular length of time to…

Cienfuegos city centre, Cuba
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One night in cute and colourful Cienfuegos, Cuba

Good advice usually comes from first-hand experience. So when my friend, Emma, suggested I stop off at Cienfuegos for a night before heading to Trinidad because she enjoyed her time there, I quickly factored it into my itinerary. Located on the foot of a bay, Cienfuegos has a delightful mix of seaside appeal and the…

In Cuba during Hurricane Irma
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Hurricane Irma: Down and Out in Cuba

  Friday 8th September Usually sayings aren’t to be taken literally but as I walked around Trinidad this afternoon under the scorching heat, it was like the calm before the storm. It seemed like a normal sunny day but a foreboding sense of dread cast a shadow across the town and the faces of people…

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