The kampung (village) and the lifestyle associated with it are nearly gone from Singapore, as development and urbanization has pushed them off the land and out of public eye. There is, however, some nostalgia for the community values that kampungs represent.  Here, follow journalist Ng Huiwen charting a day of the throwback lifestyle - from leaky roofs to sharing food with neighbours - of the 26 families who remain in what is billed as Singapore's last kampung.


Within the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation, the island of Bali has always been an anomaly, with its four million Hindu adherents and an annual influx of four million scantily-clad foreign tourists. Now for one more irony: Bali is also home to the first Indonesian restaurant chain to venture outside the country. The signature dish? Succulent barbecued pork ribs, of course. Welcome to Naughty Nuri’s, launched in 1995 as a small roadside warung in the artist retreat of Ubud. With good prices, and the food and ambiance even better, a growing number of domestic tourists joined the clientele. After a few celebrity visits and some media hype, this place has become legendary. Today the chain has 14 outlets from Macau to Melbourne, linked by the original, exclusive Naughty Nuri’s mixture of Indonesian spices and, vitally, a fun, family dining atmosphere. While you should not expect an experience with traditional Balinese culture here, it remains a reliable spot for a good BBQ and a good time.

Considered the second most important festival of the year (after Lunar New Year), the Mid-Autumn Festival in Vietnam (Tết Trung Thu) is often called the Children’s Festival. The festival, also known as the Moon Festival, traditionally revolved around moon worship and prayers for fertility – both for the harvest and for children, but today the celebration in Vietnam is a popular and colourful children’s festival. Festivities usually include lion dance performances, colourfully decorated lanterns, the making and sharing of mooncakes, and decorative toys. While Mid-Autumn Festival traditions have changed significantly over recent years, the festival remains firmly children-centred and is a great opportunity for visitors to Vietnam to enjoy colourful festivities and boisterous family-friendly entertainment. 


While the nutritional benefits of edible insects are now en vogue among elite gourmets, the idea of eating insects is nothing revolutionary in the leafy, land-locked country of Laos. A plate of well-seasoned deep-fried crickets makes a crispy and surprisingly shrimp-like accompaniment to a bottle of the ever-present Beerlaos. Apart from crickets; caterpillars, beetles and other delectable surprises await those adventurous enough to try out local cuisine when in Laos. 


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