Dreamy Days in Historic Hoi An

The town of Hoi An in Vietnam is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site and being a history buff I was all for making this my first destination ever in Vietnam. Like a good book that transports you to a faraway land, devoid of all worldly quandaries, Hoi An seems to have this ability…

A Dramatic Sunset

I have watched many versions of the epic story of Rama and Sita base on the Hindu text. The story, features, props, costumes and interpretation of this tale varies as you make your way around South East Asia. But I’ve got to say that the Balinese are unparalleled when it comes to injecting that extra…

Piecing the Puzzle of a Glorious Past

In May 2016, archaeologists with expertise of five main ancient civilisations – Mesopotamia, Indus, Mesoamerica, China and Greco-Roman declared their recognition for the historical significance of the Sungai Batu archeological findings, just 6km from Sungai Petani in Kedah. Carbon dating on smelted iron found at this archaeological site places this civilisation in 535 Century BC, which…

Dead Men Do Tell Tales

Penang is one of my favourite spots in Malaysia. This island is famous for many reasons – the food, the beaches, the heritage buildings, the architecture, and the cool respite of Penang Hill and its forests when the weather is hot. However, some find one of my favourite spots in Penang – the old Protestant…

Magical Land of Fairy Chimneys

We landed at the Kayseri Airport late in the evening and some of the spectacular scenery that greeted us during the flight descent was fading in the twilight. When we got into the Natureland Cave Hotel that I had booked online, Terence looked like he was about to bite my head off. “I’m not a…

Down Memory Lane: Kolkata Picturelogue

I pulled out these pictures from an old hard drive I found at the bottom of my drawer recently. It’ll be a cliche to say it took me back in time, but it did – technically by more than a decade – but visually more than that. I shot these pictures while on assignment in Kolkata…

Food trail: Taipei

When our friend Sel booked tickets for a Madonna concert in Taipei last year, we almost disowned him. It was a trying period with a lot happening at home- work-wise and in terms of family commitments, so we were banking on a short trip closer to home. Bangkok or Singapore was a preferred choice, but choice tickets in…

The Syria I Remember

Around this time, 16 years ago, I was assigned to a junket to Syria. I was a young journalist and it was my first overseas assignment, so naturally it was filled with a lot anticipation and excitement. I was part of a group of journalists and travel agents, flown into Syria which at that time…

Winter walk: Cambridge 

It was supposed to be a day trip of exploring Cambridge and meeting up with friends, but the unpredictable English weather decided to throw a spanner in the works – leaving us with the option of either staying indoors or gritting our teeth and fight the damp cold to explore parts of this historic university…

Food Trail: London

One thing that first timers in London will notice is the amazing diversity of the people living in this city that is steeped in rich history. The city has mesmerising architecture that spans over several centuries, and stories practically around every corner you turn. This also inevitably means that it is a treasure trove for…

Haunt Hunting

A house on Green Street, Brimsdown, Enfield, England attracts those curious enough to go off the beaten track in search of a bit of thrill and mystery. This house is famous for apparent poltergeist activity that took place in the late 70s, also known as the Enfield haunting. It is about 45 minutes out of…

Charming Cam Thanh

Tucked between the tourists hubs of Cua Dai Beach and Hoi An town in Vietnam, is Cam Thanh, a tranquil village dotted with paddy fields, lakes, rivers and irrigation canals. On the recommendation of a friend, we booked into Lakeside Homestay at Cam Thanh – a village located along Cua Dai road that links Cua…