The allure of discovering the romance of yesteryear lies at the heart of the joy of travel. Explorers and backpackers alike seek to discover destinations ancient and historical, where the memories of decades, centuries, and millennia fill the air with tales of life, love and war gone by. Finding these physical testaments to human endurance though, is not the tough part. Tuning in to the echoes of the past radiating around them seems to take a certain mindset.

The annual Singapore Food Festival is back - bigger than ever - for the nation's golden jubilee celebrations. From now until Aug 2, the festival will host 13 gastronomic events island-wide. Foodies can expect modern takes on local dishes while traditional favourites will have their place as well. This year's Hawker Spotlight is on one of Singapore's oldest food centres. The 51 Old Airport Road Food Centre was built in 1973, and got its name from Singapore's first civil airport at Kallang.

A tuk-tuk driver whose turf is located outside Street 178’s Latin Quarter restaurant, Hout, 25, this week revealed some of the ins and outs of Phnom Penh’s most ubiquitous profession. 
“I use a 2002 Honda Dream with a 125cc engine, which I got from my mother. I’ve been using it since my days as a motodop. It’s theoretically possible to use any motorbike to drive a tuk-tuk, as long as you have the right hook to connect it with the carriage, though some bikes have better fuel efficiency than others.”

Millions of sea turtles have been born on the beaches of Con Dao Islands, 185km south of the southern Vietnamese city of Vung Tau, over the past 25 years, and their ‘midwives’ are the local forest management staff. Taking care of sea turtles consumes most of the time of the rangers on the mountainous archipelago of Con Dao, including 16 islands covering a total area of 76 square kilometers. At night, they take turns to watch for mother turtles to lay eggs in the darkness on sandy beaches, tag the mother reptiles, and pick the eggs to take home and hatch in an incubator. 

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