Press and Accolades

My 15 minutes of fame and highlights

Jac and The Occasional Traveller have been featured in both local Singaporean and international press, online and offline.

Her writings can be found in several online blogs and websites.

For more information, download The Occasional Traveller Media Kit.

NOTEWORTHY

Stuff that has made waves online and offline

BBC Newsday - Invited Guest

BBC Newsday - Invited Guest

I was invited by BBC Asia to speak from the perspective of a Singaporean blogger about the Lonely Planet nomination of Singapore as the Top Country to Visit in 2015. It was my first ever live interview and it was nice to meet Rico Hizon as well.

AWARDS

Recognition and other accolades

2014: Wanderlust Travel Blog of the Week

2014: Wanderlust Travel Blog of the Week

My post 5 trips you really need to take in your 20s was chosen as UK Travel Magazine Wanderlust - Travel Blog of the Week in April 2014.

2014: Bloscars Skyscanner Travel Awards (Singapore) Finalist

2014: Bloscars Skyscanner Travel Awards (Singapore) Finalist

The Occasional Traveller was one of the finalists in this inaugural Singaporean edition of the Skyscanner Bloscars (Blog-Oscars).


2013: HOTELCLUB Best Singapore Travel Blog

2013: HOTELCLUB Best Singapore Travel Blog

The Occasional Traveller was chosen as one of HOTELCLUB\'s top five travel blogs from Singapore for 2013.


2013: Singapore Blog Awards Best Travel Blog Finalist

2013: Singapore Blog Awards Best Travel Blog Finalist

I was nominated as one of the top 10 finalists in the Omy Singapore Blog Awards 2013: Best Travel Blog category.


2012: Singapore Blog Awards ST701 Best Blogshop Finalist

2012: Singapore Blog Awards ST701 Best Blogshop Finalist

The Occasional Traveller Shop was nominated as one of the top 10 finalists in the Omy Singapore Blog Awards 2012: ST701 Best Blog Shop category.


2007 Moleskine x Air France - Invitation Au Voyage Finalist

2007 Moleskine x Air France - Invitation Au Voyage Finalist

My illustrated Taiwan Tales travel journal in a Moleskine Cahier was among the top 50 in Asia and travelled Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore in a public exhibition.


CONTRIBUTOR

Other travel websites that I regularly contribute articles to.

Go See Write

Go See Write - A prominent independent travel blog that has been around since 2008 by the inimitable overland travel lover Michael Hodson, I was invited to be a regular contributor on countries around the Asian region. (GSW Monthly stats: 31k unique visitors, 45k page views)

Epicure & Culture

Epicure & Culture - A site for the discerning traveller who loves good food and great culture, I am a (semi) regular contributor and humble mentee to its editor Jessica Festa and write about great cultural and and dining experiences I have had on my travels.

Go Girls Guide

Go! Girls Guide - An indie travel website targeted at adventurous and solo women travellers, I have been a regular contributor since 2012, talking about lady-centric travel concerns, from having your period on a diving trip to shopping for the best beauty products in Seoul.

The Sojourn Diaries

The Sojourn Diaries

Now called Eco Adventures, I contributed several articles about my travels around the region on this Asian-centric travel site.

WRITINGS

Guest posts, paid articles and other writings.

Diving Round the World

Diving Round the World

My first commissioned piece for indie travel site BootsnAll covered 3 dream locations to dive in, with detailed research on how to get there and what to see.

Places Are Like People

Places Are Like People

A guest post on the blog of travel startup Maptia, this was an introspective piece about the memories of the country where my first solo trip occurred - Seoul.

Postcards - An Andalucian Night

Postcards - An Andalucian Night

I was invited by Hajar Ali from Luxury Travel Stories to share a travel moment, and I picked an earlier one, an unforgettable evening on the beach in Chipiona.

Gaudi Gazing in Barcelona

Gaudi Gazing in Barcelona

I was chosen to be a featured blogger on Singapore travel website Take Me To Travel and shared some my favourite Gaudi architecture from Barcelona.

How to Piss Off a Singaporean

How to Piss Off a Singaporean

This Singapore-edition piece that I wrote for the popular How to Piss Off series on Matador Network went viral in Singapore, and received over 150k hits in a week, and was also carried on prominent local online news sites including AsiaOne, Stomp and Yahoo News.

Inflight Meals: Silkair

Inflight Meals: Silkair

I contributed a short review on the inflight meal on Silkair from my Manado trip as part of social travel website Hejorama's Inflight Meals series

5 Singapore Foods under $5

5 Singapore Foods under $5

Travel food blogger Ayngelina invited me to guest post on her site Bacon is Magic, and I picked out 5 cheap local foods for the quintessential Singaporean food experience.

The Day I Forgot to Travel (And How I Learned to Remember)

The Day I Forgot to Travel (And How I Learned to Remember)

Dave and Deb invited me to share my inspirational story of how I became The Occasional Traveller, aka my origin story.

SYNDICATION

Websites which syndicate my writings

Newsloop
Tripzilla

PARTICIPATION

Social websites and other projects I took part in.

WITnext (Web In Travel)

WITnext (Web In Travel)

Invited panelist for WITnext Evenings

Navigate Media Group

Navigate Media Group

Selected blogger participant for Bloghouse Ireland 2013

Everplaces

Everplaces

Ambassador

AFAR

AFAR

Country highlights picked for publication

Yelp Singapore

Yelp Singapore

Awarded Yelp Singapore Elite (2013)

Passports with Purpose

Passports with Purpose

Participating Blogger in 2012

@hellofrmSG

@hellofrmSG

Twitter curator in December 2012

Naiise

Naiise

Curator of travel-themed lists

FEATURES

Interviews and mentions of me by other people.
BBC Asia
Straits Times Life
Men's Folio
Korrespondent
Mother & Baby
HostelBookers
The Frugal Traveler - New York Times
Cool Hunting
Anthology Magazine
Wayfare Magazine
The Upcoming
CheapOAir
travelmob
Naiise
Pret a Voyager
20 Something Travel
A Passion and a Passport
BlogShopBuzz
Bloomize
Bricktown