New Country Day: Taiwan

Welcome To Taiwan

Country: Taiwan Date: 14 September 2014 I’ve been wanting to visit Taiwan for the last two years so after some wrangling of frequent flyer points I have managed a visit before going to Europe. This is my first time here so today is New Country Day which is always a travel day I love. I […]

Airport Review: klia2 – the budget terminal of KUL Airport


klia2 is the new budget airline terminal of Kuala Lumpur International Airport. It opened for passengers on 9 May 2014, replacing the former budget terminal LCCT. The old Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) at KUL resembled a tin shed and it wasn’t long before AirAsia grew beyond the intended capacity. While it was ok to […]

Notes on Dili, East Timor

East Timor Government Building

A little big city Dili is the smallest capital city in Southeast Asia, and also the newest, having gained independence from Indonesia in 2002. While Dili is going to feel sedate after being in the other capital cities of the region, travel is a relative experience so your impression will depend on where you’re arriving […]

How to travel Flores (Indonesia) in 1 week

Labuan Bajo Sunset

[The coast of Flores. And the answer to why bus travel takes so long.] I’m wrapping up my Flores posts to highlight how to travel Flores in the space of a week. Originally I had intended to spend 2 weeks there, but my trip was cut short when I realised I needed extra time to […]

Bajawa day trip: Volcanoes, traditional villages, and hot springs

Bajawa Day Trip

[Bajawa, Flores - Indonesia] On my trip to Flores I stopped at Bajawa, which is about half way between Labuan Bajo (for Komodo National Park) and Moni (for Kelimutu National Park). If you are travelling overland in Flores it’s worth stopping regularly as bus travel is arduous. Bajawa is a small market city in the […]

Cafes in Bali for writers and digital nomads

Mugshot Cafe - Bali

Bali has long been a popular destination for creative types, but for us reliant on the internet its reputation of poor internet connectivity precedes it. I was a bit sceptical to come back myself. Last time I was here (4 years ago) I had a hard time finding accommodation with wifi, and there wasn’t much […]

Komodo dragons and coral reefs: Komodo National Park 2 day boat tour

Putri Komodo Tours

[One of the many islands of Komodo National Park.] Komodo National Park is a protected watery expanse that covers a group of islands and reefs to the east of the island of Flores, Indonesia. Komodo is famous for the giant lizards of the same name, but it’s also home to some of the best coral […]

New Country Day: East Timor (Timor-Leste)

Indonesia - East Timor Border Crossing

Country: East Timor Date: 24 May 2014 It’s been nearly a year since I’ve been to a new country, and East Timor marks my last unvisited country in Southeast Asia. I use the New Country Day tag to mark when I have visited a new country and to note my observations of being in a […]

Cafes in Penang for writers and digital nomads

Penang Cafes

Georgetown is a former colonial city on the island of Penang in Malaysia. The old town is lined with colonial-era buildings and and the entire inner city is a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site. I love visiting Penang and I’ve been numerous times, with visits lasting from 2 days to one month. The food scene […]

Tsunami sites in Banda Aceh

Tsunami Boat

“I lost 16 members of my family in the Tsunami”. When I arrived in Banda Aceh I wondered if people would be receptive to discussing the tsunami. I needn’t have worried as my taxi guide started telling me his experience as soon as we left the airport. He was at the airport when the tsunami […]