Magical Moments in Singapore – Once Upon a Journey

Author: , May 2nd, 2018

Once Upon a Journey

Before starting our world trip we had planned to be in Singapore around July. We end up in Singapore late October! Maartje’s friends from her study abroad, who live in Singapore, had to wait a while: but here we are! Our visit to Singapore is initially solely to visit Jeslyn and Huldah. From Kuching we fly to Singapore to stay here for a couple days, or that’s what we think…


Immediately after arriving in Singapore we go to the Apple store. The sound of Maartje’s laptop isn’t working anymore (yes, yet another gadget fails us) and it’s no fun editing videos without sound. Everyone told us in Malaysia Singapore is the place to be to (quickly) fix things. But when we bring our laptop in for repair they tell us it will take seven to ten days. So we will be chilling in Singapore longer than we expected.


Quickly we find out that that’s not a bad thing at all. We fall in love with the city and it’s not as expensive as everybody claims. There are so many free sightseeing things to do and if you go to a food court you can eat fairly cheap and delicious food!

We stay in Little India for two nights and it feels like a total different place than Singapore’s city centre. We like it! It’s not the only part that feels different. Jeslyn shows us around China Town: a whole other feeling as well. Singapore is melting pot of cultures, and every neighbourhood feels like a different country. The area around the Marina Bay Sands hotel, where Jeslyn takes us by night, feels fancy and high-tech at the same time. At night we see a fantastic water and light show in the Marina Bay: it’s magical!

By Roxanne Weijer – Full Story at Once Upon a Journey

Lesbian Singapore – Once Upon a Journey

Author: , April 28th, 2018

Lesbian Singapore

Singapore is a modern city that has much to offer. It’s Southeast Asia’s smallest state, a global financial centre, and shopping paradise. It is divers as a blend of Malay, Chinese, Arab, Indian and English cultures and religions: Singapore is interesting for everyone! We planned on staying for a weekend, but end up staying for an entire week. We wander around the city and see so much!

Initially we were scared to go to The Most Expensive City in the world. But as soon as we arrive in Singapore, we love it. It amazes us how this high-tech city offers so much free things to do! We enjoy every second!

By Roxanne & Maartje – Full Story and Video at Once Upon a Journey

Free Gay Singapore Guide

Author: , December 11th, 2016

Singapore Pink DotFrom Gay Star News:

One of the most surprising destinations in the world is Singapore. Unfairly labelled as being a bit dull, Singapore is much more than just a business or travel hub for the region.

Singapore has a rich cultural history, exciting restaurants and food markets, and a vibrant nightlife. In partnership with Travel Gay Asia, we’re pleased to offer you a free guide to Singapore.

Download it now for all the latest insights on where to stay, where to eat, and where to party. Everything that you need to know about Singapore is available in our free downloadable guide.

By Gareth Johnson – Full Story at Gay Star News

Nomadic Boys – Is Singapore a Gay Friendly Country?

Author: , September 14th, 2015

Nomadic Boys - Singapore

Singapore seems to be another one of many very homophobic Asian countries. We could theoretically get 2 years imprisonment for any gayness, even after the anti gay legislation set out in Section 377A of the Penal Code (a hangover from the colonial days) was vigorously reviewed in 2007.

An attempt was made in 2014 to challenge Section 377A, but like in India, the Supreme Court of Singapore unfortunately upheld them. This was not the only scary law still in place. On arrival, our immigration card warned us in big bold capital red letters of the death penalty for drug traffickers.

Yet, travelling through Southeast Asia this past year, we noticed Singapore seemed to be one of the popular gay destinations.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

My Trip to Gay Singapore

Author: , September 12th, 2014

Singapore - Apple MapsSingapore is often presented as a serious, business city. But as a bustling commercial port, and major airport hub, it has soaked up cultures from east and west. And while its skyscrapers are growing at record pace to deal with its demand as a business center, they also show Singapore’s sense of humor – like the triple tower block, topped with a ship, topped with a garden, at Marina Bay Sands.

Here are the neighborhoods every visitor should check out:

Chinese Culture

It’s quaint that Singapore has a Chinatown even though it is essentially a Chinese town. At first the narrow streets with their colorful shuttered houses strung with Chinese lanterns and emanating cooking smells are like walking into the past. But this is Singapore so Chinatown has its own free wifi.

The food market is a great place to go for an affordable meal, day or night; choose from one or more of the stalls and share a table with locals and travelers. The night market sells a lot of tat, but there are a few gems and it’s great fun. The Chinatown Heritage Center gives you an insight into what makes the place tick beyond just retail.

By Tris Reid-Smith – Full Story at Gay Star News

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Altitude Rooftop Bar – Singapore

Author: , May 29th, 2014

Altitude Singapore - Carlos MeliaOne of the classics when you visit Asia, is to find the most amazing rooftops bars. Like KU DE TA at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, or Sky Bar and Vertigo Moon Bar in Bangkok, Thailand. Well this time, hosted by the team at AUDI Fashion Festival, we visited 1-Altitude Bar, where we had our own table and were afterward escorted to the VIP lounge.

Occupying the three topmost floors of the 282 metre One Raffles Place Building. 1-Altitude isn’t just the highest rooftop bar in Singapore –it’s the highest multi-experience lifestyle joint in the world.

Able to host up to 250 guests on the rooftop alone, the Bar calls out for guests to recline and chill out over an extensive wine and cocktails menu against the mesmerising and catchy sounds of a live band and guests DJs.

Other than being the tallest, I still prefer KU DE TA over them, being more chic and allowing a better view complimented by the infinity pool, which created a better and more relaxing lounging experience.

By Carlos Melia – Carlos melia Blog

Eating Out Singapore: Esquina Tapas Bar

Author: , May 29th, 2014

Esquina SingaporeI would say, one of my favorite casual restaurants in Singapore, and one of the best tapas restaurants I have tried in a long time, not to mentioned the fantastic creamy Sangrias yummy. ESQUINA, provides visitors to the culturally-rich Chinatown with an added choice of European cuisine to the ethnic enclave.

Open from Mondays to Saturdays, Esquina serves mainly modern Spanish tapas in a unique location that is surrounded by post-war colonial buildings, hip coffee joints and ‘old school’ home style restaurants. Leading the culinary direction for Esquina is Michelin star Chef Jason Atherton, the protege of celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay.

Taking after its namesake (translated from Spanish as “the corner”), Esquina is tucked away at the corner of Jiak Chuan Road and is approximately sized at 500sqf. Exuding an underground charm, ESQUINA is designed by Singapore-based Columbian architect Antonio Eraso and boasts a design concept of an old yet modern charm that is strongly reflected through Esquina’s interior.

Featuring a long open communal bar and kitchen, ESQUINA aims to recreate chic European urban canteens that will be the go-to for social gatherings. Unique to Esquina as well, are specially designed stools created by a group of artists from the UK that are composed with many different parts from machines and door knobs.

Some of our options of the night were: Marinated olives, sherry, rosemary, citrus, paprika (SG 9). Salt-baked beetroot, whipped burrata, truffle honey, raspberry & pine nut crumble (SG 20). White asparagus, citrus butter sauce, samphire (SG 21). Raw hamachi, house-cured duck, shaved walnuts, soya caramel (SG 24). Scallop Vietnamese, avocado wasabi, red radish, sesame (SG 22).

Are you convinced now?

By Carlos Melia – Carlos Melia Blog

Purple Roofs Gay Travel Newsletter 5/24/14

Author: , May 24th, 2014

Scott & MarkWelcome to the Purple Roofs gay travel newsletter.

Our articles section now has five parts – local news, general interest, reviews of past events, travel event news (including upcoming events and reviews and photos of past events), and finally sweepstakes and contests.

We’ve got lots of other great stuff for you this month, too – including some great feature articles: Singapore’s Garden by the Bay and Manhattan Bar; a new gay club on the Vegas Strip; and the Russian River.

We’ve also recently launching our revamped Gay Travel Events section – more than 700 pride events, film festivals, circuit parties, and much more, now with photos, descriptions, and links to lodging for your stay.

And we’re featuring a number of other gay travel articles from around the world.

You’ll also find some great accommodation specials and discounts, tons of upcoming gay travel events, and much more.

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Our Featured Articles This Month:

Manhattan Bar SingaporeSINGAPORE: The Fabulous Manhattan Bar in Singapore
by Carlos Melia
Following my posts on Singapore and my favorites from my recent trip there, here I present the recently inaugurated Manhattan Bar at the Regent Hotel Singapore. Manhattan is a grand hotel bar inspired by the 19th century’s Golden Age of cocktails and fine drinking. Delivering on its name with a glamorous yet modern space reminiscent of old New York, craft bartending meets artisanal spirits to pay homage to classic and forgotten cocktails that leap from the pages of history. Savor classic and forgotten cocktails crafted from the world’s first in-hotel rickhouse and a remarkable collection of house-made ingredients.
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Singapore Gardens by the Bay - Super treesSINGAPORE: Gardens by the Bay
by Carlos Melia
Gardens by the Bay, has to be one of my favorite attractions in Singapore. Last time I visited this city, it was still under construction, and I was only able to get a panoramic glimpse from the Singapore Flier and the KU DE TA, but this time I made sure to come and visit. The first feeling it came through me was, being inside of a space ship, a Noah’s Arc. The Gardens captures the essence of Singapore as the premier tropical Garden City with the perfect environment in which to live and work – making Singapore a leading global city of the 21st century. The park consists on there areas, the Outdoor Gardens including the Supertree Groove, Flower Dome and my favorite the Cloud Forest. Located just behind the Marina Bay Sands complex. It is like experiencing the way we will live in the future, under perfect controlled conditions, sustainability and perpetual Spring. Access to all attractions, for foreigners, 28 Singapore Dollars.
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Village Inn Russian RiverUSA, CALIFORNIA: TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: Overlooking the Russian River in California
by Don & Ray
We have just returned from a “beyond” fabulous time over looking the Russian River in California. EVERYBODY needs to put this place on their “Bucket List”. Never in our wildest dreams did we think that it would be that magnificent! Village Inn Russian RiverThe Village Inn Guest House/ Restaurant/Bar is nestled in along the banks of the Russian River in Monte Rio, California just 15 miles inland from the coast and about 70 miles north of San Francisco. The Village Inn Guest House has been around since 1906 and was the location for the Bing Crosby / Fred Astaire movie, HOLIDAY INN which was made in 1942. We actually thought that when we woke up in the middle of the night that we heard Fred dancing and Bing crooning!
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CromwellUSA, NEVADA: New Gay Nightclub Opening on the Vegas Strip
To say that Victor Drai is a busy man would be an understatement. Currently putting the finishing touches on his new Drai’s Beach Club * Nightclub at The Cromwell in Las Vegas (opening Memorial Day Weekend), Drai has announced the opening of Liaison: the first-ever gay nightclub at a Las Vegas casino. Located at Bally’s, Liaison will open this summer in the space currently occupied by Drai’s famed After Hours nightclub and the club will be holding casting calls for all positions in Las Vegas on May 17 at Drai’s After Hours and on May 20 in Los Angeles at Victor Drai’s new Rare by Drais. Together with Creative Director Eduardo Cordova, the man who has been credited with bringing gay nightlife to the forefront of the club scene in Las Vegas, Liaison will be a seven-night-a-week experience featuring an eclectic mix of hip hop, rap, top 40 and a drag night. “With our After Hours club positioned to move back to its original home underground at The Cromwell, I wanted to use the space to continue to transform the nightlife scene in Las Vegas,” explains Victor Drai.
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We also scour the web to bring you all the gay travel news we can find. You can see these posts on a daily basis at, or sign up for our RSS feed. Here are some of our favorites from the last month.

Local Stories:

CUBA: Things to do in Trinidad, Cuba
If there’s one city I’d highly recommend you to visit, aside from Havana, in Cuba, it would be Trinidad.
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CUBA: Trinidad Time Travel
Trinidad is a 500-year old Cuban city warped in time. Walking around, in narrow streets covered in cobbled stones, I didn’t find it difficult to convince myself that I was living and breathing in the past.
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CUBA: Disco in a Cave
This experience is something I’ve never really planned out or expected to do during my 16-day backpacking trip in Cuba almost two weeks ago.
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GREECE: Five Beautiful Crete Beaches
As the largest island of Greece and the second largest in Europe, you’re right to expect that Crete boasts beaches aplenty.
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INDONESIA: Where the Gays Meet in Bali
The Round Bar, situated in front of D’omah Hotel and managed by the same crew as the Rainbow Tourism Accredited resort and spa, is Ubud’s first bar serving exotic premium cocktails and sangria from special recipes.
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ISRAEL: Gay Tel Aviv: Dizengoff Fountain
Part of my not-so-regular, recurring travel photo series… this time last year I was preparing for a trip to Tel Aviv for gay pride so I thought it fitting to share photos of one of my favorite places in Tel Aviv: Dizengoff Square.
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ITALY: Three Nights in Sicily
Ah, Sicilia. The soccer ball to Italy’s boot is an island rich with history, from the crumbling mosaics of Piazza Armerina to sky-high Taormina.
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NEW CALEDONIA: Ten Reasons to Visit Gay New Caledonia
It’s just next door to Australia: In fact, gay New Caledonia is Australia’s closest South Pacific neighbour. Less than 3 hours from Sydney and only 2 hours from Brisbane.
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SOUTH AFRICA: Visiting Gay Cape Town
You will create once-in-a-lifetime memories when you get married, so plan on doing it in a location that can rival any dream.
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SPAIN: Gay Barcelona in the Summer
It’s that time of year again when I start to wonder about my summer plans. There’s that usual question that comes up: should I visit a place I already know and love or should I visit a new destination?
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n some ways, the book (and soon-to-be-released movie) Wild serves as a what-not-to-do guide to the Pacific Crest Trail, or PCT — don’t over pack, don’t hike in untested boots, and don’t underestimate the weather.
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USA, CALIFORNIA: Gay Travel Agency Being Evicted in the Castro
A travel agency founded by gay men that’s been in San Francisco’s Castro neighborhood for almost 30 years is being evicted.
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USA, CALIFORNIA: Things to Do This Summer in San Francisco
Mark Twain famously said, “The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.”
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USA, FLORIDA: Key West Like a Local
Chat with a local in the Florida Keys and you’ll likely hear a similar story often repeated.
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USA, HAWAII: Visiting Gay Honolulu
Fact: That fashion statement of girls putting a flower behind their ear actually stems from a very real Hawaiian tradition. It means she’s married.
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Past Events:

CAMBODIA: 100 March for Cambodia Gay Pride
About 100 people turned out to march in the capital city of Phnom Penh on Friday. The march was held inside the Phnom Penh National Olympic Stadium as activist Srun Srorn of Rainbow Community Kampuchea (RoCK) told Gay Star News its permit for a parade is restricted to stadium grounds.
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Upcoming Event News:

The Ultimate Gay Pride List – 288 Events in 37 Countries/Regions Worldwide
At, we recently upgraded our gay travel events section, adding event descriptions, photos, and hundreds of new events for 2014 and 2015.
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Upcoming Gay Pride Events 5/21/14
Including Lyion Pride, Toulouse Pride, Athens Pride, Warsaw Equality Pride, Sonoma County Pride, Long Island Pride, and the OutSpokane Rainbow Festival.
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Upcoming Gay Pride Events 5/22/14
Includes Sitges Gay Pride, Pride Barcelona, SF pride, St Pete Pride, Family Outfest, Chicago Gay Pride, NYC pride, and DC Black Pride.
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Upcoming Gay Pride Events 5/24/14
Includes World Pride Toronto, Statdfest Berlin, Wuppertal Pride, Dublin Pride, Blackpool Pride, Pride Northwest, and DC Latino Pride.
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AUSTRALIA, NEW SOUTH WALES: The shOUT Film Festival is All Over New South Wales in May
(May 3-Jun 1) When Newcastle’s own LGBTI film festival returns this weekend for a third year of on-screen adventures, it’s bringing many more cities and towns along for the ride.
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AUSTRALIA, VICTORIA: Frosty Fruits – Gay Skiing Down Under
(Aug 21-26) FOR Daniel Lehrer, the annual Frosty Fruits Ski Trip is all about one thing: having an enjoyable time. “It’s a fun, relaxed vibe,” the Melbourne resident said. “It’s a nice way to have a relaxing trip and meet like-minded people while skiing.
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CANADA, ALBERTA: Coming in June – Edmonton Gay Pride
(Jun 6-15) The Edmonton Pride Festival Society will showcase the unity and diversity of the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, trans-identified and queer (LGBTQ) community and its allies.
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USA, CANADA: Toronto’s LGBT Film Festival Brings Gay Film to Town in Late May
(May 22-Jun 1) Since 1991, Inside Out has brought LGBT film to Canada with the Toronto Lesbian and Gay Film and Video Festival.
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CANADA, ONTARIO: Five Tips for Toronto Pride
(Jun 20-29) World Pride Toronto is hedging its bets on success when it joins forces with Pride Toronto on June 20-29, 2014 for what’s expected to be the largest Pride event in North America.
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CARIBBEAN: Transgender Cruise Planned for December
(Dec 14-21) Travel agent Jeff Land blocked cabins on a Royal Caribbean sailing in December for what he believes is the first trans cruise. “This has been a dream of mine for so long,” Land said, “because it feels safe being with other trans people.”
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CHINA: China Celebrates Shanghai Pride Next Month
(Jun 13-22) This year’s Shanghai Pride Week, titled Pride6 in recognition of its sixth anniversary, will take place from 13th to 22nd June.
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CYPRUS: Gay Pride Celebrates First Year on May 31st
(May 31) The first ever Gay Pride Parade in Cyprus will be held on May 31st of this year as part of a 15 day Cyprus Pride Festival, announced gay rights organisation Accept LGBTI Cyprus according to a report by Cyprus Mail.
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GERMANY: These Photos Will Make You Want to Go to Cologne Pride
(Jul 4-6) After visiting Cologne a few times in the past six months, it’s quickly climbed up my list of favorite German cities.
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GERMANY: Travel “Into Paradise” in Germany
(May 30-Jun 2) Adam meets Steve / Aimie meets Eve – and then it’s off into PARADISE!
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GERMANY: Dusseldorf to Celebrate Gay Pride at the End of May
(May 30-Jun 1) The CSD Dusseldorf eV was founded in 2004 by a handful of politically engaged people who were of the opinion that it is in the state capital of North Rhine-Westphalia at the time to remember the events in Christopher Street in New York in 1969.
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GREECE: Xlsior Dance Festival Returns to Mykonos and Santorini
(Aug 20-29) XLSior – the International Dance Festival that has taken over Greece for the last 5 years – is back again and coming to Mykonos this 20-24 August and Santorini this 27-29 August.
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GREECE: Lesvos Island Welcomes Women’s Festival in September
(Sept 6-20) After 13 years, this festival keeps getting better, attracting women holiday makers from all over the world to this tiny Greek Isle. For 2014, the International Eressos Women’s Festival takes place over two weeks, from 6-20 September.
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ISRAEL: More Than 100K Expected for Tel Aviv Pride
(Jun 8-14) Thousands of travelers from around the world are expected to arrive in Israel for the annual Pride Festivals taking place in Eilat (May 15-17) and Tel Aviv (June 8-14).
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ISRAEL: A First Timer’s Guide to Gay Pride in Tel Aviv
(Jun 13) We’ve showed you how to experience the best of Tel Aviv on a shoestring budget — but for those of you traveling there next month, a bit more guidance is in order.
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ISRAEL: Tel Aviv Gay Film Festival to Celebrate Ninth Year
(Jun 7-16) Now in its 9th year, the Tel-Aviv International LGBT Film Festival (TLVFest) is one of the most important cultural LGBT events in Israel and will take place from June 7-16 at the Tel-Aviv Cinematheque, coinciding with Pride week.
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MEXICO, JALISCO: Vallarta Pride Coming in May
(May 22-26) Vallarta Pride is a 5-day annual event that pays tribute to the LGBT community with arts and cultural events, concerts, films, beach parties and a lot of fun to show the world the fabulous diversity of our destination.
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NETHERLANDS: Amsterdam’s Fetish Pride Coming at the End of May
(May 29-Jun 2) All kinds of fetish; Leather, Rubber, Army, Uniform, Sportswear, Neoprene, Lycra, Boots & Jocks, Harness, Skinhead and more…
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NEW ZEALAND: Queenstown’s Gay Ski Week to Be Bigger Than Ever
(Aug 30-Sept 6) Hot on the heels of Queenstown becoming a gay wedding hotspot, the organisers of the resort’s Gay Ski Week have organised international travel prizes bound to grow the event’s global profile.
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SWITZERLAND: Zurich Pride Celebrated in June
(Jun 8-15) The Zurich Pride Festival is the biggest LGBT event in Switzerland. The association promotes the LGBT Community in whole Switzerland and represents their the interest and the requests.
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TURKEY: Istanbul Celebrates Gay Pride in June with Istanball
(Jun 19-29) Gay trendsetters will gather in Istanbul from 19-23 June for the International Rainbow Festival and for the 22nd Istanbul LGBT Pride Week which follows from 23 to 29 June, making Turkey the gay entertainment mecca of Europe for 2014.
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UK: Upcoming Pride Events
(Various) While England may be filled with glorious pomp and circumstance, it also has its fair share of glitz, glamour and gay.
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UK, ENGLAND: London Pride 2014 to Be Crowdfunded
(Jul 19-27) London Pride will be raising money for this year’s festival by crowd-funding, it was announced today (14 March).
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UK, ENGLAND: L Fest Coming to Staffordshire in July
(Jul 18-21) L Fest is the UK’s award winning lesbian music, arts & comedy festival, returning in 2014 from 18-21 July in Staffordshire.
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UK, ENGLAND: Oxford Pride Announces 2014 Line-Up
(May 30-Jun 8) Oxford Pride is pleased to announce the line-up for the Unite The Union Stage at their main event on Saturday 7th June in Oxpens Field. The entertainment runs from 12 noon to 8pm, and includes local DJs Sam Brandon and Matt Postie.
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UK, ENGLAND: Newcastle Pride Will Be Bigger and Better in 2014
(Jul 18-20) One of the region’s most popular music festivals is returning in July with an additional venue and an extended run.
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UK, ENGLAND: Buff Manchester Brings Trans Pride to Town in July
(Jul 11-13) BUFF 2014 is on Fri 11th – Sun 13th July 2014, coinciding with Sparkle Manchester: The National Transgender Celebration 2014.
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UK, SCOTLAND: 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow Will Include a Pride House
(Jul 23-Aug 3) Ahead of the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Glasgow organisers have announced a Pride House event for LGBT athletes and fans.
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SWITZERLAND: Zurich Pride Celebrated in June
(Jun 8-15) The Zurich Pride Festival is the biggest LGBT event in Switzerland. The association promotes the LGBT Community in whole Switzerland and represents their the interest and the requests.
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USA, ARIZONA: Bisbee Gay Pride Celebrated in Mid June
(Jun 13-15) Bisbee’s first real Pride Festival occurred Father’s Day Weekend in 2005.
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USA, CALIFORNIA: Los Angeles Pride Comes to Town in Early June
(Jun 6-8) Los Angeles is a city full of interesting and diverse people that flock to the Southern California coast with stars in their eyes and dreams to fulfil.
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USA, CALIFORNIA: Palm Springs Celebrates Gay Pride in November
(Nov 7-9) “I am Pride: Stonewall” is the theme for the 2014 Palm Springs Pride Celebration scheduled for November 7-9, ending with the parade.
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USA, CALIFORNIA: 12 Hour After Party Planned for San Diego Pride
(Jul 19) San Diego Pride weekend is just under three months away, and already we have a Pride party on the horizon that people are talking about. Overdrive Pride is a joint production of DJ/promotor Tristan Jaxx and promoter Shaun Flak, and is slated for Saturday night of Pride weekend, July 19.
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USA, CALIFORNIA: Program Announced for San Francisco’s Frameline Film Festival
(Jun 19-29) Frameline38 features 214 films from 31 countries; beyond films, our lineup of special thematic programs, dynamic parties, discussions, and other exciting events brings together filmmakers, actors, producers, artists, screenwriters, and movie lovers from here in the Bay Area and all around the world.
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USA, FLORIDA: Space Coast Pride Coming to Florida in May
(May 25) We are proud to announce that the 7th annual Space Coast Pride will be held on Sunday, May 25, 2014 at Wickham Pavilion, 3701 N Wickham Road, Melbourne, FL 32935.
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USA, FLORIDA: Gay Pride in Key West Next Month
(Jun 11-15) Celebrate PRIDE on a tropical island that is legendary for its laid back style and its open and accepting atmosphere.
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USA, FLORIDA: What’s New for Gay Days Disney World
(Jun 3-9) Every few years our area’s theme parks go through a phase where they each launch new shows, rides and attractions.
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USA, ILLINOIS: Belleville, Illinois to Celebrate Gay Pride, Marriage Equality
(Jun 21) While same-sex couples began marrying in Chicago and Illinois’ Cook County as a result of a court ruling on Friday, more than a dozen gay and lesbian couples downstate are preparing to celebrate their big day at the 7th annual Metro East PrideFest in Belleville, Ill., on June 21, 2014.
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USA, ILLINOIS: Chicago’s Reeling LGBT Film Festival Moves to September
(Sept 18-25) Chicago Filmmakers, the presenting organization of Reeling, the world’s second oldest LGBT film festival, has announced dates for the 2014 festival.
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USA, ILLINOIS: International Mr. Leather Debuts Tonight
(May 23-26) Get ready Chicago! The 36th annual International Mister Leather (IML) competition is returning to the Windy City full of parties, celebrations and weekend events. IML, one of the biggest leather and fetish events in the world, brings thousand of leathermen to town.
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USA, IOWA: Capital City Pride Comes to Des Moines in Early June
(Jun 6-8) Our theme for Capital City Pride 2014 is PRIDE 2.0 – chosen because we are working on building the next generation…of PrideFest.
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USA, MARYLAND: Baltimore Pride – Changes Are Coming
(Jun 13-15) The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center of Baltimore and Central Maryland (GLCCB) firmed up the dates for Baltimore Pride–an enterprise run by the GLCCB. This year’s Baltimore Pride will take place on Father’s Day weekend.
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USA, MASSACHUSETTS: Women’s Week Returns to Ptown in October
(Oct 13-19) For the past thirty years, Provincetown has hosted a festival in October like no other.
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USA, MASSACHUSETTS: Boston Gay Pride to Spread Over 11 Days in June
(Jun 6-16) The official organizers of Boston Pride, Latin@ Pride and Youth Pride in Boston.
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USA, NEVADA: Saturday Gay Beach Club Party at Tropicana Las Vegas This Summer
(Saturdays, Mar 9-Labor Day) The first-ever Saturday LGBTQ beach party at a resort on the Vegas Strip, Xposed!, celebrates its grand opening Saturday, March 29, at The New Tropicana resort in Las Vegas.
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USA, NEW MEXICO: Central New Mexico Pride in Albuquerque
(May 31) Albuquerque Pride is proud to introduce our headliners for 2014! We can’t wait for Beverly McClellan from The Voice!
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USA, NEW YORK: Promo Video for New York City Pride 2014
(Jun 29) NYC Pride has released a new promo video for 2014.
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USA, NEW YORK: New York City Pride Announces Details for the Pier Dance
(Jun 29) NYC Pride announced today that the 28th annual Dance on the Pier would be returning to Hudson River Park’s Pier 26.
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USA, NEW YORK: NYC Pride Announces 2014 Parade Grand Marshals
(Jun 9) New York City’s annual Pride March is one of the biggest in the country. Today, they announced this year’s grand marshals: actress and activist Laverne Cox, Executive Director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Rea Carey, and actor Jonathan Groff.
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USA, NEW YORK: Gay Kiss Exhibition Comes to NYC
(Apr 30-Jun 24) A photographic exhibition which was originally due to be shown in Rome, but which was cancelled after a legal threat from the Vatican has found a new life in NYC.
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USA, NEW YORK: Gay Mud Run Returns to NYC, Launches Other Events Across USA
(Jun 21) Out-Fit Challenge, (, following last year’s successful debut, has announced they will be expanding their 5K cross-country trail Mud Run to other cities including Reno, San Francisco, Boston, New York City.
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USA, NEW YORK: The Return of Folsom Street East
(Jun 22) Folsom Street East didn’t happen last year due to the massive apartment building that is nearing completion on West 28th Street.
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USA, NEVADA: Evolve Returns to Vegas for New Year’s Eve
(Dec 31) Evolve 2015, a unique gay New Year’s Eve celebration, is more than just a party – it’s a 3-day experience attracting men from more than 30 countries to Las Vegas.
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USA, OHIO: Counting Down to the Cleveland Gay Games
(Aug 9-16) Leading up to the 2010 Gay Games in Cologne, Gerard Burley was traveling through Europe working as a model and competing in a low-level professional basketball league.
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USA, OHIO: Cincinnati Gets Its Pride On May 31st
(May 31) The parade will run the following route: Staging/starting area at 7th St & Culvert St, from there parade participants will travel west on 7th St, turn south (left) on Vine St, turn east (left) on 5th at Fountain Square, turn south (right) at Walnut St, turn east (left) at Freedom Way, turn south (right) on Joe Nuxhall Way (Main St) at Great American Ball Park, turn east (left) on Mehring Way.
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USA, TENNESSEE: Nashville Gay Pride Comes to Tennessee in Mid-June
(Jun 13-14) Nashville Pride’s mission is to educate and maintain a sense of pride, community, and awareness of, about, and for GLBT people and culture in Middle Tennessee.
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USA, TEXAS: Gay Music Festival Coming to Austin in September
(Sept 12-14) Couldn’t snatch a ticket to Coachella this year? Save your dollars and your feathered earrings for the biggest queer music festival in the country.
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USA, TEXAS: Erasure’s Andy Bell to Headline Razzle Dazzle Dallas
(Jun 6) Andy Bell will headline the ninth annual Metroball fundraiser that benefits the Greg Dollgener Memorial AIDS Fund, organizers announced.
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USA, TEXAS: New LGBT Play Festival To Debut in September
(Sept 4-14) Uptown Players moved its Pride Play Fest from September to June this year, so it seems TeCo Theatrical Productions is stepping in to the fall spot.
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USA, VERMONT: “Camp Camp” Returns to Vermont in August
(Aug 24-31) Did your parents send you away to summer camp when you were young, before you were out, and you’d like a do-over? Then maybe ‘Camp’ Camp is for you.
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USA, WISCONSIN: Milwaukee Celebrates Gay Pride in June
(Jun 6-8) We are the nations largest LGBT festival with permanent festival grounds, owned and operated entirely by volunteers each and every year.
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USA, CALIFORNIA: Win Two Passes for Outfest Los Angeles in July
(Jul 10-20) Passport Magazine is giving away a VIP package to Los Angeles’s LGBT Film Festival.
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The Fabulous Manhattan Bar in Singapore

Author: , May 23rd, 2014

Manhattan Bar Singapore

Following my posts on Singapore and my favorites from my recent trip there, here I present the recently inaugurated Manhattan Bar at the Regent Hotel Singapore. Manhattan is a grand hotel bar inspired by the 19th century’s Golden Age of cocktails and fine drinking.

Delivering on its name with a glamorous yet modern space reminiscent of old New York, craft bartending meets artisanal spirits to pay homage to classic and forgotten cocktails that leap from the pages of history. Savor classic and forgotten cocktails crafted from the world’s first in-hotel rickhouse and a remarkable collection of house-made ingredients.

Gourmet bar bites that reflect New York’s myriad of cultures complement the inspired beverages. We had a lovely evening with local friends. If I would live in Singapore, I would be a regular of this great bar. By celebrated American Head Bartender Ricky Paiva. Featuring a Whiskies Room with over 100 American oak barrels from a small cooperage in Minnesota. Also a one-of-a-kind Ingridients Room housing a remarkable collection of unusual ingredients from around the world.

The beverage menu will feature 25 seasonally rotating cocktails to take you on a journey through the rich history, cultures and flavors of Manhattan’s countless neighborhoods. One of the must-tries include Negroni and a first-of-its-kind trolley service. My choice was The Gibson – Death’s Door Gin, La Quintinye dry vermouth and celery bitters.

Chef Nicholas Trosien reinvents iconic New York gastronomy, serving gourmet bites, my favorites where the Vegetarian Burgers and the Shrimp Ceviche Tacos. Two stunning private rooms compliment the sophisticated 19th century New York decor.

Contemporary feel with luxuriously upholstered leather chairs and sofas and walls lined with patterned woven linen. Manhattan’s tireless attention to detail also extends to its custom cocktail glasses, handcrafted by one of the world’s oldest glass factories.

By Carlos Melia – The Carlos Melia Blog

Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay

Author: , May 21st, 2014

Gardens by the Bay, has to be one of my favorite attractions in Singapore. Last time I visited this city, it was still under construction, and I was only able to get a panoramic glimpse from the Singapore Flier and the KU DE TA, but this time I made sure to come and visit.

Singapore Gardens by the Bay

The first feeling it came through me was, being inside of a space ship, a Noah’s Arc. The Gardens captures the essence of Singapore as the premier tropical Garden City with the perfect environment in which to live and work – making Singapore a leading global city of the 21st century.

The park consists on there areas, the Outdoor Gardens including the Supertree Groove, Flower Dome and my favorite the Cloud Forest. Located just behind the Marina Bay Sands complex. It is like experiencing the way we will live in the future, under perfect controlled conditions, sustainability and perpetual Spring. Access to all attractions, for foreigners, 28 Singapore Dollars.

Singapore Gardens by the Bay - Super treesStand in awe of the amazing Supertrees. These uniquely designed vertical gardens of 25 to 50-metres tall have large canopies that provide shade in the day and come alive with an exhilarating display of light and sound at night.

Step into the Flower Dome and you’ll be standing in awe of nature. Spectacular and innovative in design, it is one of the icons of Bay South Garden. The Flower Dome replicates the cool-dry climate of Mediterranean regions like South Africa, California and parts of Spain and Italy.

Home to a collection of plants from deserts all over the world, it showcases the adaptations of plants to arid environments. Stop and smell the flowers in the colourful changing displays of the Flower Field, which reflects different seasons, festivals and themes. Enjoy a cooling and leisurely stroll through the Flower Dome and experience the eerie profile of the baobabs, surrounded by fascinating succulents.

Immerse yourself in the spectacular view of the Marina reservoir skyline, as you embark on your journey through the Mediterranean Basin, South West Australia, South Africa, Central Chile and California. You’ll discover amazing plants and flowers from different corners of the globe, and you’ll be amazed by how different parts of the trees are used in daily lives across different cultures.

Enter the Cloud Forest, a mysterious world veiled in mist; entirely different from the Flower Dome. A 35-metre tall mountain covered in lush vegetation shrouding the world’s tallest indoor waterfall showcases plant life from tropical highlands up to 2,000-metres above sea level.

Singapore Garden by the BayAscend to the mountaintop in comfort by lift before descending via two walkways in the clouds for an aerial view of the canopy and mountainside below. Learn about unique biodiversity and geology of cloud forests and the environmental threats they face within the nine unique zones in this cool-moist Conservatory.

Authored By Carlos Melia – See the Full Story at The Carlos Melia Blog

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