Santa Monica Pier

Best way to see LA in a day

  From the skyscrapers of the CBD and iconic Hollywood sign to the mansions of Beverly Hills and sweeping Pacific coastline that stretches from Santa Monica up to Malibu, taking to the skies to see all the major sights of LA by helicopter is an awesome way to spend an afternoon. It’s certainly not cheap…

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Latest Article Published

My latest published article has just been released in the June 2011 issue of Qatar Airways inflight magazine – Oryx. It is a short introduction to one of my favorite areas in Guangzhou. To read the full piece, My Favourite Street, Guangzhou – click here.

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Charming Hoi An

Hoi An has not lost even one iota of its charm. There have been many but few changes to this ancient World Heritage site over the past 10 years. I still found myself gasping at just how beautiful and appealing the architecture is in the old town. It also took me a day to realize…

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Cruising in Saigon

Stepping out of Hanoi’s old quarter onto the streets of Saigon is a bit of shock. Saigon is alive with frantic activity. The streets buzz constantly with steady streams of motorbikes and with Sunday night being one of those “out cruising with the family evenings” you see many of the passers by smiling and simply…

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Happy Birthday Hanoi

It has been 10 years since I last visited Hanoi and I must say it was great to be back. The city seems to retain a traditional vitality and wonderful atmosphere in the old quarter with so many street vendors carting colourful baskets of fruit and flowers amongst the rustic French colonial architecture lining the…

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Nanning – China’s Green City

Most of the guidebooks don’t have so much to say for Nanning however I found it to be one of China’s more likeable cities.   Green spaces and a population that is incredibly relaxed and happy.     Dancing is a past time that you can see happening most early mornings and evenings all around China however…

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Hong Kong Favourites – IFC Two Roof Garden

    One of my favourite places at the moment in Hong Kong is the roof garden in IFC Two.   An oasis located in one of the city’s iconic buildings it is the perfect spot to sit back and relax with some takeaway.     The environment is fantastic – comfortable seats and lounges, trees, a…

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The Peak, Hong Kong

  Visiting the peak in Hong Kong is one of those “must do” activities.    It has been quite a few years since I ventured up the hill however the purchase of a new camera lens had me braving the crowds to capture my own little piece of stunning HK skyline.   Things have changed. …

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Quiet Times in Hezhou, China

There have been few times in China when I have asked myself the question – where are all the people???   With approximately 20% of the world’s population, busy towns and cities are the norm.   So, 7.30pm Friday night at a restaurant quite close to down town in Hezhou, north eastern Guangxi province, I was…

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Ancient Village of Huangyao

  This small piece of classic China featured in the 2005 movie The Painted Veil, starring Edward Norton and Naomi Watts.   Stepping through the archway into the old town it is just like stepping back in time.     The village oozes charm and tranquility with well preserved Ming and Qing dynasty houses, faded just…

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