Sleepless in Singapore

Let my voice be your guide to a restful night.

About the show

As night falls, join me on 'Sleepless in Singapore' for a laid-back journey through my daily life in Singapore and tales from travels around the world. Then, fall asleep to the soothing sounds of Goethe, Schiller, or Kant being read in a calming voice.

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  • Episode 21: World Trip I (pt. 12) – Hanoi

    June 9th, 2024  |  41 mins 36 secs
    banh mi, beer, boutique, cambodia, chiang mai, food, germany, halong, hanoi, hanoi hilton, ho chi minh, hotel, laos, mausoleum, motorcycle, museum, nikki, rice, sapa, shangri-la, sightseeing, thailand, train, vietnam

    In this episode of "Sleepless in Singapore," I share my experiences from my Southeast Asia trip, detailing my journey through Vietnam, including the challenges of budget travel, exploring Hanoi's vibrant food scene, a memorable night that influenced my career, adventures in Sapa's rice fields, and a mixed review of Halong Bay, concluding with a relaxing stay at a luxurious hotel by West Lake.

  • Episode 20: World Trip I (pt. 11) – Georgetown, Koh Tao & Bangkok

    June 2nd, 2024  |  37 mins 18 secs
    bangkok, border, chatuchak, georgetown, hanoi, karaoke, khao san, koh tao, malaysia, murals, penang, scooter, seafood, sightseeing, thailand

    In this episode of "Sleepless in Singapore," I recount my travels from Tioman Island to Penang and Bangkok, highlighting Georgetown's street food and colonial charm, an adventurous boat ride to Koh Tao, and a tumultuous stay on Khao San Road, before ending with a reading of Tom Sawyer.

  • Episode 19: World Trip I (pt. 10) – Kuala Lumpur & Tioman

    May 26th, 2024  |  46 mins 44 secs
    airasia, berlin, chow kit, durian, germany, heidelberg, hiking, kuala lumpur, malaysia, manila, mersing, penang, singapore, tioman, travel

    In this episode of "Sleepless in Singapore," I recount my solo travels in Southeast Asia, starting with a challenging AirAsia flight from Manila to Kuala Lumpur, exploring the vibrant markets and trying durian for the first time, and ending with an adventurous trip to Tioman Island, where I discovered beautiful waterfalls and enjoyed some unforgettable moments with friends.

  • Episode 18: World Trip I (pt. 9) – Philippines

    May 19th, 2024  |  46 mins
    airbnb, breakfast, el nido, helicopter island, hong kong, jungle, kuala lumpur, makati, manila, market, motorbike, palawan, philippines, shangri-la, sightseeing, singapore, tour, travel

    In this episode of 'Sleepless in Singapore,' I recount my solo adventure in the Philippines, from parting ways with Philip in Manila, navigating quirky Uber rides and surprising encounters in Makati, to exploring the remote beauty of El Nido, learning to ride a scooter, and reflecting on the bittersweet end of our world trip together.

  • Episode 17: Bhutan

    May 12th, 2024  |  1 hr 9 mins
    airbus, altitude, archery, betel, bhutan, bhutanese, culture, dumplings, hiking, momos, monastery, mountain, paro, pilot, thimphu, traditional

    In this episode of 'Sleepless in Singapore', I recount my thrilling and culturally rich trip to Bhutan, from the breathtaking landing between the mountains at Paro Airport to exploring serene monasteries, engaging in local customs like chewing betel nut, and embarking on challenging hikes including an ascent to the iconic Tiger's Nest, all while savouring the unique local cuisine and experiencing profound moments of quiet beauty and deep spirituality.

  • Episode 16: World Trip I (pt. 8) – Taiwan & Hong Kong

    May 5th, 2024  |  41 mins 59 secs
    alishan, beer, catholic, dumplings, food, friendships, hong kong, hostel, hot springs, karaoke, markets, mount fuji, nature, rainbow village, scooters, sightseeing, sun moon lake, taipei, taipei 101, travel

    In this episode of 'Sleepless in Singapore', I recount my nostalgic and adventurous return to Taiwan after 32 years, from the vibrant streets of Taipei filled with scooters and neon-lit churches to a thrilling road trip with new friends, exploring bustling markets, quirky tourist spots like Rainbow Village, and relaxing in a remote hot spring, all while navigating cultural differences and reconnecting with memories from my childhood.

  • Episode 15: World Trip I (pt. 7) – Japan

    April 28th, 2024  |  53 mins 12 secs
    asahi, bhutan, ferry, fukuoka, hiroshima, japan, kobe, koyasan, maid cafe, matcha, nara, shinkansen, sushi, temples, tokyo

    In this episode of 'Sleepless in Singapore', I recount my previous travel experiences in Korea and Japan, sharing details from emergency preparedness in Korean subways, to the unique culinary and cultural discoveries, including the serene yet bustling life in Japanese cities and the indulgence of authentic Kobe beef.

  • Episode 14: World Trip I (pt. 6) – Korea

    April 21st, 2024  |  51 mins 56 secs
    backpacking, barbecue, busan, dmz, incheon, instagram, korea, memory, mongolia, octopus, seoul, silk road, travel, ulaanbaatar

    In this episode of "Sleepless in Singapore", I reflect on the changing plans of my travels with Philipp seven years ago, including our thwarted attempt to enter China, a spontaneous but enlightening detour to Korea, and the unexpected friendships and technological surprises that reshaped our journey and left lasting impressions.

  • Episode 13: World Trip I (pt. 5) – Lake Baikal & Mongolia

    April 14th, 2024  |  40 mins 41 secs
    beijing, berlin, couchsurfing, desert, dumplings, irkutsk, jungle, katya, lake baikal, milky way, mongolia, mount everest, mutton, nepal, russia, safari, silk road, south america, steakhouse, steppe, trans-siberian, ulaanbaatar, visa, yurts

    In this episode of "Sleepless in Singapore," I reminisce about our adventurous journey from Irkutsk to Mongolia including a serendipitous encounter with a world traveler in Irkutsk, our awe-inspiring visit to Lake Baikal, and a challenging yet enriching safari in the Mongolian steppe, culminating in a change of plans from visiting China to an unforeseen, life-altering destination.

  • Episode 12: World Trip I (pt. 4) – Kazan, Yekaterinburg and the Transib

    April 7th, 2024  |  44 mins 13 secs
    asia, beer, border, couchsurfing, europe, hostel, irkutsk, kazan, lake baikal, mongolia, moscow, russia, shashlik, sneakers, soviet, train, travel, yekaterinburg

    In this episode of 'Sleepless in Singapore', I recount my journey on the Trans-Siberian Railway, highlighting the stark contrasts between Kazan's vibrancy and Yekaterinburg's solemnity, and share both amusing anecdotes and reflective insights gained along the way.

  • Episode 11: South East Asia 2023 (pt. 2)

    March 31st, 2024  |  54 mins 31 secs
    adventure, backpacking, bangkok, cave, chiang mai, chiang rai, chumphon, cultural experience, ferry, floating market, high-speed train, huoixiai, jakarta, koh tao, laos, local cuisine, luang prabang, lunch, market, mekong river, night market, overnight train, pak beng, scooter, street food, temple, train, vang vieng, visa

    In this episode of "Sleepless in Singapore," I recount some experiences and mishaps from a Southeast Asia trip with my friend Hatim, including an accidental upgrade to super VIP on a ferry, a culinary adventure with chicken feet, an insightful train journey to Bangkok, a scooter incident with the police in Chiang Mai, and a memorable two-day boat trip down the Mekong River to Luang Prabang, all intertwined with cultural insights, local interactions, and the challenges and delights of travel.

  • Episode 10: South East Asia 2023 (pt. 1)

    March 24th, 2024  |  50 mins 52 secs
    cambodia, cameron highlands, flip-flops, fuji x100v, georgetown, ipad pro, jamahkiri diving club, koh phangan, koh tao, lightweight travel, malacca, malaysia, mekong river, merino wool, packing cubes, penang, road trip, singapore, southeast asia, surat thani, tanarata, thailand, train trip, travel photography

    In this episode of "Sleepless in Singapore", I celebrate reaching the tenth episode and share the story of my light-travelled road trip from Singapore through Malaysia and Thailand, meeting friends, experiencing diverse accommodations, and embracing the adventure of travel with minimal baggage, highlighting the freedom it brings and the unforgettable experiences along the way.

  • Episode 9: World Trip I (pt. 3) – Kiev & Moscow

    March 17th, 2024  |  49 mins 29 secs
    airbnb, blue cup coffee shop, burger, caves, china, coffee, eggs benedict, germany, ginger lemonade, ketchup, kiev, kiev monastery, kremlin, liberation day, mexico, military parade, military train, monastery, moscow, moscow metro, old bar, pancakes, pervak, russia, saint sophia's cathedral, sightseeing, subway, trans-siberian, ukraine

    In this episode of 'Sleepless in Singapore', I recount my adventures in Kiev, where we met Kolya, the elf-like Airbnb host, and explored the city from its rooftops to its unique restaurants and historical sites, before embarking on a memorable journey to Moscow, where we celebrated my birthday in an unexpected karaoke night and encountered tanks and military parades.

  • Episode 8: World Trip I (pt. 2) – Eastern Europe

    March 10th, 2024  |  53 mins 24 secs
    airbnb, bratislava, bucharest, budapest, chisinau, cuisine, culture, eastern europe, erasmus, europe, goulash, kiev, nightlife, notabene, smokehouse, soviet, szimpla, szimplakert, thermal bath, train, transnistria, travel, vienna

    In this episode of 'Sleepless in Singapore', I recount our way from Bratislava through Budapest, experiencing a mix-up at a bar, enjoying the city's beauty and cuisine, dealing with a less-than-ideal thermal bath, embarking on an overnight train journey to Bucharest, navigating ticket challenges, before heading to Chisinau with a brief yet surreal experience at its train station.

  • Episode 7: World Trip I (pt. 1) – Leaving

    March 3rd, 2024  |  40 mins 44 secs
    backpacking, beijing, bratislava, budapest, devin castle, eastern europe, germany, mannheim, reflection, tom sawyer, trans-mongolian, trans-siberian, travel, vienna, visa, wiener schnitzel

    In this episode of 'Sleepless in Singapore', I recount the beginning of a transformative journey from back home, my small village near Mannheim, Germany, through Eastern Europe to Southeast Asia, where I still am today.

  • Episode 6: Kenya (pt. 2)

    February 25th, 2024  |  47 mins 13 secs
    burj al arab, burj khalifa, chef, dubai, elephant, eucalyptus, giraffe, kenya, land cruiser, lion, maasai, marina, milky way, mombasa, night sky, safari, spice souq, sundowner, tsavo, zebra

    In this episode of "Sleepless in Singapore," I recount the second part of my Kenya adventure, detailing a fascinating safari experience, a serene stay on Chalet Island, and our final day in Dubai, filled with unique encounters, breathtaking wildlife sightings, and memorable moments that beautifully wrapped up our journey.