Change the record: five songs I need to stop hearing

It doesn’t matter where in the world I go. It seems that in the last year, only five songs have been written and are subsequently being played in a never-ending cycle. Can somebody please change the track? 5.  Rockabye baaaaby, rockabyeeeee I really liked this song when I first heard it. Then I heard it … More Change the record: five songs I need to stop hearing

KK to Brunei and back again: a complicated journey

I was beginning to think that travelling had become a little too easy. Most places we’ve visited have been well connected and clearly signposted, and language barrier has rarely been an issue. Then we went to Brunei. A tiny oil-rich nation on the island of Borneo, Brunei is perhaps most renowned for its ruling Sultan, … More KK to Brunei and back again: a complicated journey

Cameron Highlands exploration day: seeking the Rafflesia flower

Kuala Lumpur: a city synonymous with hectic streets, manic traffic, constant noise and much general chaos. We arrived there with a week to explore before flying out again to Bali. After a couple of days, the chaos became a little overbearing, so we decided to get away for a while into the Malaysian wilderness. Just … More Cameron Highlands exploration day: seeking the Rafflesia flower

Backpacking in your own city: why we are extending our journey

In Kuala Lumpur I met a guy from New Zealand. After a particularly heavy night out on ‘Pub Street’, Lisa and I shared a taxi to the Batu Caves with him and his new travelling companion, a young woman from Switzerland. The four of us ended up spending the day together. That evening, over dinner … More Backpacking in your own city: why we are extending our journey

Travelling book comparison: Ice and Fire vs Monte Cristo

One of many liberations of travel life is that it has given me more time than ever to read books (or e-books, as is mostly the case these days). With such frequent downtime, be it the long journeys, quiet hostel nights or occasional slow mornings, I look forward to opportunities to think, reflect, write, and bury myself in my Kindle. … More Travelling book comparison: Ice and Fire vs Monte Cristo

Palm-tree alcohol, evening feast and local tales: a Balinese welcome

It’s 9pm as our first full day in Bali quietly peters out. Energy levels waning, Lisa is on the laptop, I’m buried in the Kindle and we’re ready for an early night after another busy day – we spent the morning walking around Monkey Forest and Ubud’s temples, and the afternoon hiking the Kajeng Rice … More Palm-tree alcohol, evening feast and local tales: a Balinese welcome

Singapore food on a budget: navigating the hawker stalls

Before we took our first steps in south-east Asia, we felt sure of one thing: these last few months of our world journey would surely have a much lesser impact on our finances. Everywhere, that is, apart from Singapore. The entry point for our four-month traverse of the great Eastern continent, Singapore has an expensive … More Singapore food on a budget: navigating the hawker stalls