Saturday, Sep 20, 2014Saturday, Sep 20, 2014
Travel
 
Few would call airline travel an enjoyable experience. To be confined in the smallest, least ergonomic of spaces, breathing the same recycled air as hundreds of strangers for hours on end can drive even the most sane, even tempered individual a little batty.
The first rays of sunlight nudge me awake. I sit up in my cabin and crank open the blinds. Outside, the rolling pale yellow fields from yesterday have given way to dry, red desert. In place of eucalyptus trees, squat bushes and leafless trunks dot the landscape.
Few would call airline travel an enjoyable experience. To be confined in the smallest, least ergonomic of spaces, breathing the same recycled air as hundreds of strangers for hours on end can drive even the most sane, even tempered individual a little batty.
Who: Mr Jianggan Li, 30, is managing director of Easy Taxi Singapore, a mobile taxi-booking application. The Singapore permanent resident comes from Jiangsu province, China. He moved here 14 years ago when he accepted a scholarship from Nanyang Technological University.
Propped up on plush cushions on a day bed, I sip iced latte and look out on a vast seascape with no vessels in sight. It feels like our schooner is a random speck of civilisation bobbing on the far edge of the world.
Singapore’s first marine park is still under development, but there is already much biodiversity there that members of the public can see on guided walks.
A new attraction awaits Star Wars fans across the Causeway.
From snow-trekking in Japan to kayaking in Vietnam, Straits Times travel writer Lee Siew Hua went on five adventures in Asia for a five-part series on active travel. Read how she rates her five trips.