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The end, the beginning

NEW ZEALAND | Monday, 16 Jul 2012 | Views [3630] | Comments [1]

I’m in bed drinking tea and eating crumpets with a wicked flu. Outside the window at home in Wellington, the weather looks like I feel. It’s wet, cold and cloudy. Another world away, just last week I was in Malaysia on hot humid, sunny streets ... Read more >

Food for thought

MALAYSIA | Wednesday, 11 Jul 2012 | Views [2012]

Eating my way through Malaysia has been food for thought. I have been thinking how important travel is for food, and how important food is for travel. When you travel you must eat local food. I’m not sure you are really travelling if you ... Read more >

Cooking with Goodness

MALAYSIA | Wednesday, 11 Jul 2012 | Views [1739]

Pearly Kee should have her own talk show. She would do a bit of cooking, but she would also give advice, and just talk and talk, about anything she can. I spent the day with Pearly at her home to learn how to cook traditional Nonya food ... Read more >

The Durian Den

MALAYSIA | Thursday, 5 Jul 2012 | Views [3131]

Like a drug den, people can stay on the premises waiting for a knock on the door to be told their hit is ready. But is not a drug, it is not even a stimulant of any kind. It is an unadulterated natural fruit, revered across Malaysia. Durian.... Read more >

The dirty one near the drain

MALAYSIA | Wednesday, 4 Jul 2012 | Views [1972] | Comments [1]

When we travel we always get recommendations of things to do and see,  none more so than what and where we must eat. But when you travel specifically to eat, that’s when people sit you down make you take out your notebook and write down where ... Read more >

Photos: Malaysia

MALAYSIA | Monday, 2 Jul 2012 | Photo Gallery

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My holy trinity

MALAYSIA | Monday, 2 Jul 2012 | Views [1628]

The final part of my journey is about something vitally important to me. No matter where in the world I go, I do it at least three times a day, sometimes more. It is probably one of my favourite things to do when travelling and at home. When I am ... Read more >

Never judge a guide book by its cover

INDONESIA | Monday, 2 Jul 2012 | Views [1994] | Comments [2]

I went to Bali, but I did not go to Kuta. I went to Bali, but I saw barely any tourists. I went to Bali and had a lovely time. I met fantastic, warm and open people, always ready for a chat, or simply just a smile. What surprised me was how surprised ... Read more >

Half a volcano

INDONESIA | Sunday, 1 Jul 2012 | Views [1546]

It is about the journey and not the destination. The old travel maxim has never been truer for me. Mount Gunug Agung is Bali’s highest and most sacred point. The keen climb the volcano in the night to catch the sun rise across the whole ... Read more >

Travellers currency

INDONESIA | Sunday, 1 Jul 2012 | Views [1326]

One of the things I love about travelling is meeting other travellers.  There is an understanding between travellers, which is often hard to find back at home. I have a lot of family and friends who just don’t get why I routinely pack up ... Read more >

An afternoon in Bali

INDONESIA | Friday, 29 Jun 2012 | Views [2461] | Video

A lot can happen in an afternoon - if you let it. With a couple of loose plans we leave early in the afternoon case anything interesting happens on the way, as some things can never be planned. Leaving the postcard rice paddy of Sidemen we ... Read more >

Magic hands and surf gods

INDONESIA | Thursday, 28 Jun 2012 | Views [2375]

I am no different to the hordes of tourists who flock to Bali’s beaches for great surf and massages.  They don’t get far, sticking to the main strip of Kuta Beach, never really experiencing why this island is so famous for beaches and magical people.... Read more >

Beautiful Bali

INDONESIA | Monday, 25 Jun 2012 | Views [2077]

No offence Bali, but I thought you were a cheap and nasty tourist destination for my mates from Down Under. How wrong am I. Apologies Bali. So far you have been beautiful and I can see why people flock here.  I arrived in Bali yesterday and ... Read more >


SINGAPORE | Monday, 25 Jun 2012 | Views [1846]

I met Nisha on my last night in Singapore. She is 7 years old and her father tells me her favourite thing to do is talk. I realised this when I sat down and she asked me if I would like to borrow her umbrella, where I was from and what I would like ... Read more >

Photos: Bali

INDONESIA | Monday, 25 Jun 2012 | Photo Gallery

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Fish foot spas and beauty parlours

SINGAPORE | Saturday, 23 Jun 2012 | Views [2751] | Comments [1]

I don’t usually let fish nibble at my feet, but a visit to a local beauty parlour or hairdresser is always on my travel itinerary. While on assignment for Rough Guide at the Singapore Zoo and Night Safari, I had time to kill between the Zoo closing ... Read more >

What is Long John Chicken?

SINGAPORE | Friday, 22 Jun 2012 | Views [1633] | Comments [1]

I sat down and immediately the waiter appeared. Protocol was to order on sitting down. The huge menu was totally foreign to me. The waiter stood there and listed off some of the options. It didn’t really help. I saw Gado Gado, I get this at ... Read more >

Stopover no longer

SINGAPORE | Friday, 22 Jun 2012 | Views [1467]

Destination Singapore, all abroad! Like many, my visits to Singapore have just been brief stopovers for a day or two between connecting flights. While on assignment here I regret not giving this neat city more time in the past.  It’s a truly international city ... Read more >

The in-between

SINGAPORE | Thursday, 21 Jun 2012 | Views [1972]

A man stops at the Indian temple in Chinatown. Puts down his briefcase, places his palms together and bowels to an elephant headed god. It’s a moment of quiet relief from rush hour on the footpath. The gaudy old temple flanked by mirrored skyscrapers ... Read more >

Love in Singapore

SINGAPORE | Tuesday, 19 Jun 2012 | Views [1646]

I feel like I am cheating on Singapore. We just got together and only have a week, yet I have found myself back in the arms of an old flame. India and I have had a love affair for years.  Our long distance love kept alive with ... Read more >

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