Bangkok Family Fun

Thailand’s crowded, traffic clogged capital, Bangkok, is not exactly the first place that comes to mind when you think of family friendly activities. Shopping, yes. Food, yes. Night time ‘entertainment’, ladyboy cabarets, street markets, definitely. But family fun? Yes! You would be surprised to learn that in the past ten years, this mega city has…

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”.

Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

Diving is a passion which I discovered only about a year ago, so to celebrate my recent emancipation from the bowels of corporate slavery, we hopped a plane on a new Air Asia flight direct from Hong Kong to Kota Kinabalu for a week-long diving trip. Kota Kinabalu, or ‘KK’ as the locals call it,…

Penang, the foodie paradise

If you search online for ‘Penang blog’, almost every page that you find is related to food. Renowned as a foodie paradise, people from all over the world write about the local cuisine, in every language. But I found that Penang has a lot more to offer than just culinary goods. It proved to be…

Bali with a Backpack

Whoever it was that said ‘95% of life is just showing up’ is definitely right (Woody Allen, perhaps?). My friend Laura and I embarked on a journey to Bali with a very, very rough sketch of exactly what we would do, where we would stay, and how we would get there. We had no reservations,…

Lovely Langkawi

“Ahh yes… yes yes YES!” our divemaster Amm exclaimed as our small boat cut through the water towards tiny Pulau Kaka, sending schools of tiny fish jumping out of the sea. He pointed in excitement at all the wildlife below, laughing like a kid in a candy shop. “This is gonna be NICE!” he grinned,…

Diving Moalboal, Philippines

I’ve just returned from a dive trip in the tiny coastal town of Moalboal in the Philippines, and a worrying question keeps crossing my mind — have I become too accustomed to city life? Am I becoming a dreaded city girl? Have I turned into one of those people who needs to have a lot…

Diving Puerto Galera, Philippines

. Day One – Getting there You might think that living in South-East Asia, it just takes a hop, skip and a jump from one exotic locale to another. And usually this is true, if you are going from one well connected airport to another. However, you’d be surprised how long it takes to get…

Pulau Bintan, the Star Island

. After spending a few days in Singapore, we took a ferry over into Indonesia to have a quick jaunt on Bintan island, which is just an hour away from Singapore. It was very pretty, but not in a typical white-sand-big-resort kind of way. In fact, it didn’t seem to have a tourism industry at…

Singapore – The Lion City

. On Tuesday I returned to Hong Kong after six days in two very different worlds — the well structured city of Singapore, and the tiny, peaceful island of Bintan, Indonesia. This was my first time to Singapore, and the thing that immediately stood out was how clean and green it is. Every street is wide…

Boracay: The Best Beach in the World

. “Hello, ma’am, sir, ice cream?” This question would not have struck me as strange if we were perhaps sitting in a restaurant after eating dinner. But I did think it was quite odd, considering we were floating on a thin outrigger boat in the middle of a turquoise reef about 200 yards from shore,…