Music, business and coffee culture in Seattle

Seattle has been on my go to list since before I started travelling internationally. Yet even after eight previous visits to the USA I had still not made it to the Pacific Northwest. So after attending TBEX in Vancouver, I finally got the chance to visit. It’s not that Seattle has any sites in particular […]

Flight Review: go! Mokulele – Honolulu to Kahului

Airline: go! Mokulele From: Honolulu, Oahu (HNL) To: Kahului, Maui (OGG) [Edit: Mesa Air Group discontinued the “go! Mokulele” brand later in 2011.] Booking my Hawaiian inter-island flight from Oahu to Maui, I discovered there isn’t a lot of choice. Two airlines were offering the route from Honolulu to Kahului – Hawaiian Airlines and go! […]

Accommodation Review: Paradise Bay Resort – Kaneohe, Oahu, Hawaii

Hotel Name: Paradise Bay Resort Address: 47-039 Lihikai Drive Kaneohe, Oahu, Hawaii, USA The last time I came to Hawaii I stayed the entire time in Waikiki. There is more to Hawaii than this little tourist strip so I was looking for other experiences. I stayed as a guest of the Paradise Bay Resort on […]

Where I’m At: May, 2011 – Kuala Lumpur

Wrapping up eight months in Asia After eight months of travel in Asia I find myself back where I started in Kuala Lumpur. What an incredible eight months it has been. Two months in China, a month in India and three months in Thailand, punctuated by many visits to Malaysia, including Borneo for the first […]

Seeking Nirvana in Bodhgaya – Where the Buddha attained enlightenment

India has three of the four most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites in the world, with the fourth being in Nepal. That is an impressive heritage for a country that counts less than one percent of its population as Buddhist (though ask any entrepreneur and most would take 1% of billion). Out of those four sites, […]

On On Hotel, Phuket Town – Thailand

[On On Hotel, Phuket Town – Thailand] Phuket Town is a good alternative for accommodation away from the touristy beaches of Phuket, such as Patong Beach. The town has a good stock of Sino-Portuguese houses and no tacky tourist shops (or girly bars). On On Hotel is famous for being a filming spot in the […]

In Pictures: The Taj Mahal – India

If there is one building that carries a load of expectation on its shoulders (roof? dome?), that would be the Taj Mahal. Only good is ever spoken of this Wonder of the World, so I naturally wondered if it would live up to its expectations. [First glimpse of the Taj Mahal] Walking through the gate […]

Kellie’s Castle, Batu Gajah – Malaysia

Not far from the city of Ipoh in Malaysia is a curious building known as Kellie’s Castle. It is actually an unfinished mansion built by Scottish planter, William Kellie Smith. This grand home features Malaysia’s first elevator and imported building material from India. Smith built his first mansion in 1909. With a birth his son […]

Where I’m At: April, 2011 – Delhi

It’s been a while since I have woken up briefly forgetting where I am, which was how I woke up in my first morning in Delhi. Outside there was sound of sweet Indian music (the good stuff, with sitars and tablas). When I opened my eyes, the room was more peculiar than the usual Southeast […]

Mt Kinabalu, Kinabalu National Park – Malaysia

Mt Kinabalu is in the Malaysian state of Sabah in Northern Borneo. You can see the mountain from Kota Kinabalu (about 80km away) and it’s even represented on the Sabah State flag. At a height of 4,095 metres, that makes it almost twice as high as the Australian continents highest peak (Mount Kosciuszko at 2,228 […]