2011 Round Up: The Occasional Traveller

First working day of the year… argh! Anyway for all you folks back at work in Singapore, we still have the Lunar New Year period to look forward to. For everyone else

2011 for The Occasional Traveller

First solo trips ever!

I had never travelled completely solo before this, but now that I have, it’s hard to stop. Less excuses not to travel when you only have your schedule to coordinate!

My first trip was to South Korea, a week long sightseeing and shopping sojourn in Seoul.

Seoul at Gyeongbokgung. The kind photographer was Japanese, hence the 'Asian pose'


And then I went to Vietnam – 8 hectic days in Hanoi, Halong Bay and Hue, Hoi An and the longest train ride EVER.

Me at Halong Bay. That constipated expression is because I always feel a little ridiculous taking shots of myself and grinning like a loon to my camera/phone


I didn’t travel by my lonesome all the time though… I did do a short family road trip up to nearby Port Dickson just before Christmas (which I might blog about, just maybe!)

I just wanted to use this cute picture of my little niece at the Port Dickson beach... credits to my younger sister for this pic!


In 2012 I hope to: travel more! After a year of Asia, it’s time to go further in the new year. Possibly a Scandinavian adventure? Plans are in the works… I’ve also got the beautiful Dalmation coastlines of Croatia on my mind as an option. I also hope to go diving, which kept getting put off in 2011, so I’m determined to go underwater this year!


A new home at theoccasionaltraveller.com

Yup, I finally got tired of reminding people to add the wordpress.com domain to the web address, and the shop was doing well enough that I forked out the cash and figured out the tech-jiggery to move The Occasional Traveller to its own domain.

I have to give credit to the Biz Ladies column on Design Sponge – some of the articles were very helpful with tips on setting up your own online space for the less than tech-savvy (i.e. ME). Some of my friends and family have commented that the site looks pretty nice (thank you!), and I have to say that it’s actually much easier to create a nice website than one might think.

In case anyone’s curious, I’m hosted on Green Geeks, and I’m using WordPress and Headway themes to run the site and for the design respectively!

2011 also put The Occasional Traveller on Facebook and Twitter, which are great ways to stay connected and get the quickest updates.

The site will undergo constant upgrading and tweaking in 2012 as I figure out more html/css along the way. It’s a long drawn process, as I mentioned in the TOTshop Round Up, but I hope to make the website as pretty and functional as possible!


Always working on new projects

There was 2011’s resolution project Anywhere Travel Guiding 2011, where I aimed to finish all 60 cards of the Anywhere Travel Guide and only managed 8 in total =/ The cards were completed both in Singapore and overseas.

I started contributing at Go! Girls Guide, whose stories you’ll see crossposted here with some additional nuggets at the end for my readers. There are only 3 articles for now, but look out for more in future! It’s a great opportunity to hone my writing and share my travel experiences with more people. All the writing is great practice and reliving the good ol’ days is definitely a bonus.


Some items were even available at the flea markets!

And a lot more crafting – playing around on my letterpress for the annual calendar swap, and learning new skills like book binding, rubber stamp making and linocut printing!

I’m definitely hoping to continute the Anywhere Travel Guiding series for 2012, which might be an easier task given that I found the iphone app version of it =) I’ll also continue writing at Go! Girls Guide, and maybe look at contributing at other places too… hopefully there can be more guest posting here as well so there’s more variety and viewpoints here. And more crafting please! I definitely want to put the skills I picked up to use, and to pick up new ones!


Don’t stop the presses!

2011 was unprecedented in press coverage. I made Singapore’s major local daily The Straits Times twice (much to my friends and family’s amusement when they recognized my face)

Once for book making...
another time for my stall at Zouk Flea


and I had some pretty great features in some higher profile blogs as well:

'What Travels With You' feature on Bloomize
Anne from Pret a Voyager featured me in her Boarding Pass section


And the shop had some nice features as well:

A giveaway and collaboration with Faz from thedramadiaries.com
Anthology's article on the Anywhere Travel Guide...
and Cool Hunting's gift guide suggestion definitely helped sell out the Travel Guide
TOTshop featured in Singapore's Mother and Baby
The Frugal Traveler's coverage of Mighty Tags was also great holiday season press

 Who knows what will happen in 2012? Getting more news out about The Occasional Traveller hopefully! Ideally I would like to be able to grow the site into a full-time thing, but until then, I’ll just have to keep working on my own time management. Do spread the word about TOT if you like it! There are plenty of channels to connect to TOT, through the main site here, and the Facebook Page and Twitter. And I’m always contactable by email at theoccasionaltraveller at gmail dot com =)

And that’s 2011 for The Occasional Traveller! One more post on popular 2011 posts on TOTblog coming up soon, or check out the last post on TOTshop round up.

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