Mythical Langkawi (via Ferry)

It’s been 15 years since we last visited Langkawi Island, the mythical island believed to have been cursed for seven generations by a young woman – Mahsuri – who was falsely accused of adultery. Locals believe the curse has been lifted as the island began to prosper over the last few decades after at least…

Heritage Trail: Assumption Church, Penang

The Church of the Assumption on Farquhar Road in Penang was built in 1786, the year Captain Francis Light and British settlers landed on Penang island. They settlers set foot on this tropical island just off Butterworth/Seberang Prai on the mainland of Peninsular Malaysian on Aug 15th – the feast of the Assumption of the…

Flock in Line

One of my favourite shots in Ubud, Bali. A flock of ducks form a line as they make their way across the lines of paddy beds of this rice field. We booked ourselves into a house in the Paddy fields of Tegalalang, Ubud. We had to walk through the lines of paddy beds and irrigation…

Sunrise at 38,000 ft

I love red-eye flights. Once service is over and the lights are out, there is this sense of peace and solitude. The cabin is dark and you’re flying above a world that’s falling asleep, their dwellings marked by twinkling lights of the land mass beneath the clouds. But what I look forward to most is…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Rise/Set

The rays of the setting sun above the Indian Ocean – captured from the cliffs on which the sacred Uluwatu temple in Bali is located. This temple is one of six temples that are believed to be the spiritual pillars of the island of Bali in Indonesia and one of the best places in the…

Blush: A Balinese Sunset

The setting sun hides behind a cloud as she throws a beautiful blush pink hue across the sky as dusk falls, and the tide rolls in towards the sacred Tanah Lot temple in Bali, Indonesia. The temple is only accessible to visitors for a few hours in a day – during low tide and under…

Chasing Ghosts: Birth of the Kellie Saga

Based on what we were up to, one would expect a “Booooo! Instead of the”Mooooo!” we got as a greeting when we pulled into Kellas Estate located in the rural district of Dallas, Scotland. “You’d really look good on my plate right now … a nice juicy steak!” exclaimed an exasperated Terence as we passed…

Down Penny Lane

I grew up in the 70’s listening to the music of the Beatles being played on my father’s Lenco turntable. Among these was Penny Lane which depicted the road and neighbourhood that John, Paul, George and Ringo grew up in. The sights, sounds and characters were particularly familiar to Paul McCartney who used to meet…

Festive Bargain Hunting: KL

It’s the last day of Ramadan for Muslims in Malaysia today. Tomorrow they usher in the first day of Syawal after a month of fasting. After a long month of brisk sales, stall operators at Ramadan bazaars all over the city are closing for the festivities ahead. Many will pack up and leave for their…

City Break: Avani Sepang Gold Coast

The beachs in the West Coast of Peninsular Malaysia are hardly mentioned in tourist brochures. Not surprising, as these beaches are hardly comparable to its counterpart on the East Coast which are cleaner, more picturesque with powdery white sand and beautiful diving and snorkelling sites with teeming varieties of marine life. The West coast beaches…

Hustling up HK’s Peak

I’m not a big fan of jostling with a huge crowd, especially one that does not understand the concept of queues. But that’s exactly what I had to put up with on my way up Victoria Peak on the Peak Tram last month. First there were long long lines, hence the disorderly conduct of some….

Food Trail: The Felix Hong Kong

I love old hotels – not the ghost stories and apparent haunting in these places. I can do without those. Have lived in a few old buildings – never experienced anything  and never want to – lets keep it that way! To me it’s just the notion of walking through a room, hall or passageway just…