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…

Tragedy behind the beauty

The Neuschwanstein Castle sits atop the  hill above Hoehenschwangau village, a two hour train ride from the German city of Munich. It is well knows as the castle that inspired the design of Disney’s Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella castles.   Despite its dreamy setting and design, this fairytale castle has a dark and sad past. The castle,…

Chinatown festive galore

Chinatown or Petaling Street in Kuala Lumpur in a burst of bright colours and hive of activity ahead of the Chinese New Year celebrations this weekend (Feb 28 & 29, 2017). According to the Chinese calendar, 2017 is the year if the fire rooster.        

Delectable Bavarian Banquet

I have no qualms about assaulting my taste-buds and senses with unfamiliar flavours, textures and aromas when I travel. Sometimes it is a pleasure, and sometimes the outcome can be rather disastrous – but that’s what travel and experiencing different cultures  is all about. However, more often than not, after a few days (and sometimes hours) of culinary adventures,…

Bizarre Basement of Bones

Is that a bone? A human bone!? I exclaimed – awed and horrified at the same time at the body part that was sticking out of a wheelbarrow which was casually being hustled along by a woman wrapped up in thick winter garb. I think it was a femur, but I’m no expert and made a guess…