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…

Liquid Light: Liverpool Docks

My first impression of Liverpool was how industrial the Merseyside shoreline looked. But one needs to appreciate the history of Liverpool and how this city impacted global trade and migration. The Merseyside Maritime Museum and the Docks are the best place to start – if you’re visiting Liverpool for the first time. Above is one…

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…

Explore: Down The Path Less Travelled

During my occasional outstation stints as a writer, I often had to go down paths less travelled, which led me to people and places I would otherwise have not taken the effort to explore on my own. Sometimes the people who know of these spots would rather not share their knowledge for fear of ruining the…

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…

Kellie’s Desolate Dream

Nestled between plantations, forests and rolling hills around Batu Gajah, Perak is a rare and uncommon sight in this part of the world – a beautiful brick castle on a hill. Kellie’s castle is surrounded by a beautifully manicured garden, and a river (Sungai Raya) running through its grounds. But behind the walls of this…

Discovering Hong Kong Phooey & More

I landed in Hong Kong with not much time to research or plan out a proper itinerary. This was the fourth trip to Hong Kong for the husband who was too busy preparing for a conference he was attending in Kowloon to give any input. So other than introducing me the theme song of 1970s cartoon…