A day in Dubai – 2018 edition

My last visit to Dubai was in 2007, just before the Global Financial Crisis. There was so much construction going on that I knew I would have to return to check on its progress. I finally returned 11 years later, at what feels like the peak of another financial bubble, and like last time there […]

A sweaty summer stopover in Sharjah

There is a saying that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and expecting a different result. I thought about this saying when I found myself back in the United Arab Emirates in the summer, when I said I would never again visit in the summer. The last I was in the […]

Hotel Review: T-Hotel Johor Bahru

Hotel Name: T-Hotel Johor Bahru Address: No 94, Jalan Wong Ah Fook, Johor Bahru, Malaysia. I stayed at the T-Hotel Johor Bahru in Johor Bahru, Malaysia. I was already at another hotel in JB and I needed to stay another day, so I picked this hotel for its location within the city centre. I booked […]

Hotel Review: Hotel CIQ, Johor Bahru – Malaysia

Hotel Name: Hotel CIQ Address: No. 52/54, Jalan Lumba Kuda, Johor Bahru, Malaysia. I stayed at the Hotel CIQ in Johor Bahru, Malaysia. I was already in JB and I needed to extend my stay, so I was looking for something near the main train station (JB Sentral). I booked it online for $18.27 USD, […]

Guesthouse Review: Memory Guesthouse Jb, Johor Bahru – Malaysia

Hotel Name: Memory Guesthouse Jb Address: 2H Jalan Inche Besar Zubaidah, Johor Bahru, Malaysia. I stayed at the Memory Guesthouse Jb in Johor Bahru, Malaysia. I booked it online for the rate of 33 MYR ($8 USD) for a private room with a shared bathroom. I was looking for a cheap place to stay for […]

Hotel Review: Oxley Hotel, Singapore

Hotel Name: Oxley Hotel Address: 44 Lorong 6 Geylang, Geylang, Singapore. I stayed at the Oxley Hotel in Singapore. I booked online and picked it for its price and location in Singapore. The rate was 41.72 SGD ($30.35 USD) per night, which is about as cheap as it gets for a private room in Singapore. […]

Hotel Review: Ibiz City Hostel, Hanoi – Vietnam

Hotel Name: Ibiz City Hostel Address: 49 Luong Ngoc Quyen Street, Hoan Kiem, Old Quarter, Hanoi, Vietnam. I stayed at the Ibiz City Hostel in Hanoi. I booked it for its price and location, and the rate was $12.38 USD per night. When I booked it the hotel was known as The Tourist Hotel. I’m […]

Hotel Review: Hanoi Discovery Hotel, Hanoi – Vietnam

Hotel Name: Hanoi Discovery Hotel Address: 22 Luong Ngoc Quyen Street, Hoan Kiem, Old Quarter, Hanoi, Vietnam. I stayed at the Hanoi Discovery Hotel in Hanoi. When I booked it I was just looking for a cheap room for the night as I was just passing through. I picked this hotel for its location in […]

Rebuilding the new Beirut

Sometimes you get a good feeling about a place even before you step foot on its soil. This was the case for Beirut when I first caught a glimpse of the city. The airport is close to the city centre, and if the flights are arriving from the north the flightpath goes over the old […]

Where I’m At: September, 2018 – Hanoi edition

Greetings from Hanoi and another edition of Where I’m At; a monthly update of what I’ve been up to and general site news. Where I’ve Been Katowice The month began in Katowice where I stayed for a few days while waiting for a flight. Katowice is one of the biggest hubs for the low cost […]