A small island girl takes on the world, one trip at a time

Chilling in Chiang Mai

Far removed from the raucous, sweaty, half naked beach bars and Carnival atmosphere of places like Phuket, Pattaya, and Koh Samui in the south, much to my surprise Chiang Mai was the most ‘normal’ place that I’ve been to in Thailand.

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Things to do in Ikei-Jima

As I mentioned in my previous post, Ikei Island (or Jima, as ‘island’ is called in Japanese) is quite remote, and once upon a time used to be even more remote, long before it was ever connected to the main island of Okinawa, and, more importantly, long before it was even part of Japan.

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The Best Hotel in Okinawa

Finally, after many, many, MANY trips to Okinawa (nine trips in the past two years), and after staying in more than 11 hotels altogether (one of which I think used to be a whore house), finally we’ve figured out the absolute, for sure, BEST place to stay in Okinawa. Best as in I could have stayed there forever. Best as in I could have just lived there, permanently.

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Kung Hei Fat Choi!

Kung Hei Fat Choi!┬áIt’s been a long weekend in this part of the planet as families gather for the biggest event of the year. Forget Christmas, forget New Years Eve… … Continue reading

February 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

Things That Make Me Happy

It doesn’t take much to make me happy. I’m a very simple person. A boat ride on a sunny day with a cold beer will usually do the trick. But today I had a lot to be happy about.

February 14, 2015 · 2 Comments

Venice of the Orient, my ass

Marketing people really know how to make bullshit smell good — that’s what they’re paid for, and I should know, because I once worked in an advertising agency. ..

February 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

Kwun Yam Temple

Visitors to Hong Kong are often surprised at how modern and somewhat westernised the city seems, and how much it doesn’t really ‘look’ or ‘feel’ like China. Perhaps they are expecting it to be a bit more like the movie scenes from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon…

February 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

I’m pretty sure this used to be a brothel

Because what else are heart-shaped bath tubs made for?

February 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

Don’t Stay Home

When the first week of January presents you with 22’C and a perfect blue sky, there’s no way you can spend your day indoors. So we grabbed our Bush Baby … Continue reading

January 8, 2015 · 1 Comment

A Very Expat Christmas

Just because you’re a million miles from home with no family around, there’s no need to feel lonely on Christmas day. You simply assemble all the other eager expats and celebrate with your friends, of course!

December 26, 2014 · 2 Comments

Year in Review – 12 months, 10 trips

Damn….. I was aiming for a nice round dozen!

December 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

Chinee Parang

“Chinee parang, Chinee parang, Chinee parang, Gimme Char Siu Kai Fan”….. Are you offended yet?

December 9, 2014 · 4 Comments

I guess I need to go buy a tree after all

It’s been about eight years since I’ve ‘done’ Christmas. But now that I have a kid, I might have to shed the Scrooge McDuck disguise and put on a Santa hat instead. Tis the season to be merry, right?

November 30, 2014 · 3 Comments

Once Upon a Time in Tokyo

Tokyo is not a particularly pretty place. It consists of miles and miles and miles of prefabricated houses, stretching as far as the eye can see, on a mostly flat area of land. But if you want to see what Tokyo looked like before it got burned to the ground during World War II, all you have to do is go to Kawagoe.

November 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

Three Things to do in Saitama

If Tokyo is the hot blooded, sexy, pulsating supermodel of Japan, Saitama is its buck-toothed, slightly chubby, less attractive sister. …

November 22, 2014 · 2 Comments

Spirited Away

You get this spooky feeling sometimes in Japan once you get out of the big cities and into the countryside. The Japanese countryside, with its traditional style wooden farmhouses and picture perfect rice paddies, is incredibly beautiful and scenic, but it doesn’t take long to realise that something is missing from the picture — people.

November 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

Share a Coke with Chan Jao-Yiu

There’s been a lot of fuss recently about the Coca-Cola cans that have people’s names on them. The can craze has finally reached Hong Kong, but with a twist.

October 23, 2014 · 1 Comment

Mellowing out in the Maldives

It’s not something that one often gets to say, unless you are fabulously wealthy and have a private jet, so I’m going to take the opportunity to say the following sentence because I may never get to do so again… “I woke up this morning and decided to fly to the Maldives tomorrow”.

October 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

Be careful what you wish for

As I sat there at the remote Cape Bise in northern Okinawa, with the sun setting, the warm sun on my shoulders, and a cold Orion beer in my hand, I felt I could stay there forever. And ever. And ever.

September 27, 2014 · 3 Comments

Stranger Danger

A few days ago in the Chinese media there was a news article about a foreigner fainting on the subway in Shanghai, and instead of someone coming to help him, or at least going to get help, every single person in the train disappeared like a fart in the wind, leaving the man laying on the floor.

August 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

Mind the Moose

It’s 8pm on a Friday night, and I’m sitting in the large dining hall of the Homer Senior Centre in Anchor Point, Alaska, surrounded by a large number of friendly white-haired folks who are all waiting patiently for their dinner.

August 23, 2014 · 2 Comments

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