Tagaytay and Taal Volcano, The Philippines
Apr20

Tagaytay and Taal Volcano, The Philippines

Tagaytay, The Philippines Vacay in Tagaytay Have you ever wondered where the locals of places considered our holiday destinations go for their holidays? I did. “Where do you go for holidays?” I asked the taxi driver in Manila, who has just spend the last ten minutes reciting the list of holiday islands in his country, straight out of a brochure that I got at the arrival hall of the airport. He thought about this question, an...

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Canoeing Around Phuket, Thailand
Sep15

Canoeing Around Phuket, Thailand

“Lie as still as you can, lie as low as you can,” my guide whispered as he slowly navigated us into the weave of tunnels. I kept calm and still as I watched the cave close in on me, sharp rocks dangled inches from the tip of my nose. “This is too narrow. I am going to have to let some air go.” As my guide, Souk, gently deflated the canoe with his hands, I should have felt alarmed. The deeper we pushed ourselves...

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The Food and Wine Trails of Australia
Aug28

The Food and Wine Trails of Australia

What isn’t apparent for the first time visitors to Australia is the gourmet food and wine culture. This is the stuff beyond the good old sausage sizzle and the ‘shrimps’ on the barbie. We are talking food, real food that can be raved on by celebrity chefs local and abroad. Australian Capital Territory This is a surprise even to the locals, but the country-side around the national capital has 140 vineyards with 33...

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Mining the Dining Boom of Perth Australia
Aug12

Mining the Dining Boom of Perth Australia

Perth Australia In Perth, Australia, the queue outside Jamie Oliver’s Italian Kitchen was in a for two hour wait, yet even in the cold of the early evening, the crowds stood huddled against each other with smiles on their faces. It is their culinary treat and not even rain was going to spoil it for them. Outside of its mining wealth, Perth is enjoying a different kind of boom, and Australia’s westernmost capital city is...

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The Pinnacles of Western Australia
Aug04

The Pinnacles of Western Australia

I am standing among sharp protruding marbles, columns of limestones that have formed around 300,000 years old, still young in Geo-science years, off the coast in the Indian Ocean.. It is like being somewhere outer space, a land where aliens dwell. I turn to see a group of humanity posing and taking pictures out of a tour bus and feel a little better that I am still on earth. I have driven three hours from Perth to view the pinnacles....

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Phnom Penh’s Past and Present
May25

Phnom Penh’s Past and Present

  The Tragic Past And Positive Outlook All In A Day In Phnom Penh   There was a group of people doing the Gangnam Style on the boardwalk, with arms wildly swerving and legs kicking to the full Psy effect. Their leader, a young fitness enthusiast with a microphone hooked to his ear, shouted out the instructions and with him the rest of the group turned left and right, moved back and stepped forward in such uniformed precision...

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Eureka Ballarat, Australia!
May15

Eureka Ballarat, Australia!

  Discovering Australia’s Golden Heritage If it was 160 years ago, I’d be squatting in mud swirling my pan away hoping to strike it rich. While I can still squat and try my hands at gold panning, the gold rush is no more and my chance of discovering anything more valuable than pebbles and dirt is as slim as winning the national lottery, however it is still possible to at least attempt to live the lives of those who...

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A Day in Port Vila, Vanuatu
May08

A Day in Port Vila, Vanuatu

A Day About Lap Lap, the Mele Cascades and an Underwater Post Office I woke up to a glorious view over Vila Bay, with blue skies layered with water glistening like scattered diamonds. It was 7 a.m. and already the town of Port Vila was bustling with people, with the Central Market being the center of all activities. There were cafes offering bacon and eggs style breakfasts but the colorful and noisy market was too interesting to miss,...

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Cabbages and Condoms, Bangkok
May06

Cabbages and Condoms, Bangkok

Cabbages and Condoms. Not exactly the most appetizing name for a restaurant, but upon learning about it from fellow travelers I was intrigued. The restaurant was located a little out of the way along a dark side street. Considering its name I became slightly suspicious, until a concentration of fairy lights eventually appeared like an oasis in a desert and I was walking into the most atmospheric restaurant in Bangkok. Cabbages and...

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Australia’s Newest Museum – M.A.D.E Opens
May04

Australia’s Newest Museum – M.A.D.E Opens

There were important looking people everywhere I looked, handshaking, posing and smiling into journalists cameras. I shrink away into the museum proper, a little shy among the larger press group and explored the interior quietly and found myself inspired by Australia’s newest museum – the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka. Today was the museum’s first day of opening to the public, and the entire town population turned up to...

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