Sleepless in Singapore

Episode Archive

Episode Archive

27 episodes of Sleepless in Singapore since the first episode, which aired on January 21st, 2024.

  • Episode 27: US East Road Trip (pt. 1) – Blue Ridge Mountains

    July 21st, 2024  |  47 mins 25 secs
    alabama, arkansas, bagels, cabin, drone, florida, georgia, kentucky, louisiana, maryland, mongolia, mustang, new orleans, pennsylvania, philadelphia, roanoke, singapore, tennessee, train, virginia

    In this episode of "Sleepless in Singapore," I recount the highlights of a 2022 road trip through the US with my friend Markus, starting from King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, and covering destinations like the Blue Ridge Mountain Parkway, Mount Vernon, and Gatlinburg, while sharing our experiences with American culture, local foods, and the unique charm of roadside motels, followed by a reading of Tom Sawyer.

  • Episode 26: World Trip I (pt. 17) – Guam, Seoul & Kyoto

    July 14th, 2024  |  28 mins 11 secs
    arashimaya, busan, chuck e. cheese, frankfurt, guam, hanok, ihop, kfc, kyoto, laos, macbook, micronesia, osaka, palau, ross, seoul, singapore, south korea, stationery, tiway, toyama

    In this episode of "Sleepless in Singapore," I recount the final leg of my extensive journey that began in April 2017, including my contrasting experiences in Guam, revisiting Korea and Japan with local friends, and a brief but memorable return to Singapore before heading back home.

  • Episode 25: World Trip I (pt. 16) – Brunei, Palau & Yap

    July 7th, 2024  |  47 mins 56 secs
    bali, barbershop, beard trim, brunei, diving, drone, el nido, guam, hostel, manila, market, micronesia, mosque, palau, photography, pizza, snorkeling, timor-leste, wet market

    In this episode of "Sleepless in Singapore," I recount a memorable trip to Brunei, exploring its unique culture, local markets, and the stunning Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque, followed by adventures in Palau and Yap, highlighting incredible landscapes, diving experiences, and the fascinating local customs, and ending with a reading from Tom Sawyer.

  • Episode 24: World Trip I (pt. 15) – Singapore, Bali, Timor-Leste

    June 30th, 2024  |  27 mins 9 secs
    apeng, bali, bangkok, bintang, clark, dili, elephant, fortunata, gardens, hema, laksa, mandalay, nusa, otah-otah, prata, queenstown, shots, singapore, steamboat, supertrees, timor-leste

    In this episode of "Sleepless in Singapore," I recount my second visit to Singapore, highlighting vibrant nightlife experiences, delicious local cuisine, and spontaneous trips to Bali, Nusa Penida, and Timor-Leste.

  • Episode 23: World Trip I (pt. 14) – Laos, Thailand, Myanmar

    June 23rd, 2024  |  48 mins 37 secs
    bagan, cambodia, chiang mai, chiang rai, elephant, hostel, laos, luang prabang, mandalay, market, myanmar, onsen egg, pagoda, pai, sightseeing, spring roll, thailand

    In this episode of "Sleepless in Singapore," I continue my Southeast Asia journey, recounting my adventures from a unique flight to Laos, exploring Luang Prabang's markets and waterfalls, meeting fellow backpackers, visiting Chiang Mai and Pai in Thailand, and concluding with my experiences in Myanmar, including temple visits, the U Bein Bridge, and the stunning pagodas of Bagan, followed by a reading of Tom Sawyer.

  • Episode 22: World Trip I (pt. 13) – HCMC & Siem Reap

    June 16th, 2024  |  47 mins 56 secs
    angkor wat, cambodia, couchsurfing, cu chi, food tour, ho chi minh, hostel, laos, mekong, nutella, peanut butter, siem reap, spring rolls, tom sawyer, vietnam

    In this episode of "Sleepless in Singapore," I recount the second half of my Vietnam trip, detailing my adventures in Ho Chi Minh City, including near-miss traffic incidents, exploring the Cu Chi tunnels, and a memorable local food tour, followed by my experiences in Cambodia, visiting Angkor Wat, and meeting new friends, before concluding with a reading from Tom Sawyer.

  • 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.