Weekend in Winnipeg

Lucky for me, there are two new ultra low-cost carriers operating domestic routes out of Toronto and nearby city Hamilton – Flair Air and Swoop –  which means that there’s going to be a whole lot of local travelling going on around my new home and native land. One of the first places ended up…

Mono Cliffs – Instagram lies!

You can’t always believe everything you see and read about online, especially when it comes to travel. A lot of times we see an incredible image and think, ‘Wow, I want to go there just to see THAT, to stand there and take the same picture of this exact spot’.  Well, sometimes Instagram and Facebook…

Biking Island Lake

Since Island Lake is literally right around the corner, we’ve been there a lot for hiking and sightseeing. But this was the first time to do the entire lake, which is 8.2km long, on bike. What a great workout! And what a beautiful day. Island Lake is a 400 acre reservoir with a number of…

Belfountain Conservation Area

So the goal this summer is to go somewhere, every single weekend, rain or shine, and enjoy the great outdoors before the deep freeze returns, forcing people to hide indoors for roughly five months. There’s nothing like the threat of winter to make you carpe that god damn diem! Last weekend we hit up Belfountain…

Yonabaru Giant Tug-of-War

We could hear the festival coming from a distance, starting with the low, mournful sound of huge conch shells being blown, somewhere up the street. Booooooo-eeeee. Booooo-eeeeee. The road had been closed off to vehicles, and a smallish crowd of people were on the sidewalk, waiting, and watching. Then we heard the drums and percussion, and saw…

The Travel Bucket List

We all have a list of things we’d like to see and places we’d like to go before we kick the bucket — what’s yours? Bali? Paris? Kyoto? Kilimanjaro? It all depends, really, on what kind of tourism you are into and what kind of traveller you are. Me, I have a hard on for…

The Top 10 Worst Kinds of Travellers

  Travelling can be a stressful and exhausting experience. However, the problem is not really the flight itself. The problem is more the people that you have to share the plane with who. If everyone knew what they were supposed to do, and followed the slightest bit of plane etiquette, flying could be a much…

The Downside of Travelling

Travelling extensively is something that few people get to do, unless you are fabulously wealthy and can take a lot of time off. And taking a year off to do nothing but travel is something that even fewer people ever get to do in their lives. Luckily I was one of them, but now my…

Year in Review

One of the fun things about running a blog is that you get to read all the site statistics, see where your readers come from, and more importantly, how they find your blog in the first place. I love seeing the weird and random search inputs that somehow landed an unsuspecting reader on The Travelling…

The worst airport in the world…

… is freakin JFK freakin International freakin Airport in freakin New York City!! Know why??? Because they treat every traveller like a common criminal! So I reach home after a long long trip from Trinidad to Dubai, and notice my zips are not in the place where I had left them, tucked down into the…

Farewell to Asia

  This is my last night in Asia — the region I have called home for the past five years. From Japan to Hong Kong to China to Thailand to Malaysia and everywhere in between, it has been one hell of a journey, and always rich in content. Tomorrow I board a flight to Europe,…

The travel competition

Over the years, I’ve come to realise that long-term seasoned travellers, especially in Asia, don’t brag about going to famous tourist places like the Eiffel Tower or Lisbon or Greece — they brag about going to totally random unknown places that you would never find in a guide book, places you could barely find on…

The longest flight in the world

All right, so that is a bit of an exaggeration — Hong Kong direct to New York is not the longest flight in the world, literally, but it sure felt like it. (Actually, the longest flight in the world is from Singapore to Newark.) But anything more than 12 hours on a plane starts to…

Appreciate your teachers

I think most people don’t really realise how tiring it is to teach. One of my duties at the ‘Big Blue Machine’ is to give Business English classes to staff. Sometimes this requires me to be in the classroom three days a week, for eight hours a day. And let me tell you — it…

What doesn’t kill you makes you more picky

Sometimes eating out in Hong Kong is a leap of faith. Unfortunately, I am forced to make that leap every day because of our company policy that no hot food is allowed in the office. The financial district of Hong Kong is dominated by mega companies, each with thousands of employees (we have about 2,000…

How to Skip Christmas for Dummies

People look at me like I am a bit mad when I tell them that ‘I don’t do Christmas’. No tree, they ask? Yup, no tree. Do you give presents? Nope, not a single present. What about to your boyfriend, don’t you give him a present? No, he doesn’t get anything. Do you send Christmas…

Stupid, stupid, stupid

I realised today that one of the things I liked best about living in Japan is that I couldn’t understand so much of what people around me were saying. In Hong Kong, on the other hand, there are so many foreigners all walking around speaking English all the damn time, there is no escape from…

Off to paradise

Even bloggers take holidays! Tomorrow we are off to Boracay in the Philippines for 6 blissful days of relaxation. My bags are packed, and I’m ready to go. I have a strong feeling I will not find my way onto the internet to update this site while I’m there, but stay tuned for pictures of…

Smmmmmoggggggggg

The air pollution here this week has been so bad you could cut it with a knife. It is truly amazing. I have never been in a country where the air pollution is so VISIBLE and to be quite honest it is more than a little scary to know I am sitting here and have…

The scenic city

At times Hong Kong seems like a dirty, noisy, tightly compressed concrete jungle, but on nice days like today when the weather is clear and the breeze is blowing, you realize how scenic this city can be. After all, Hong Kong is a country made up of over 200 islands, and has lovely mountains, bays…

Ugghhhh

Oh man. Last night was a messy one. One of those nights when I don’t really remember going home. This morning it took me about half an hour to find my glasses. And it’s taking me even longer to recover! After work I went with one of my co-workers, another newbie at my company, for…

Blood, sweat, and beers

I think I have finally settled in to my new place. Home sweet home! Making the move from HK island over to Lantau island was not as bad as I thought it might be. After work I took the MTR back to the hotel, got my suitcases (which weighed a ton), hailed a taxi, got…

The real world

Stress!! I knew that working for a mega global corporation would be a lot tougher than being a classroom clown… but I don’t think I’ve ever worked somewhere that is so intense. Everyone is very friendly at my company, but also very focused on work and very concerned with deadlines. Today I had to kill…