Visiting Singapore again after six years away gave me a big case of deja vu, but in a good way. Plenty had changed but plenty had not. Some of the big things and places I didn’t remember without looking at my old holiday photos, and then small things and places I remembered so perfectly and … More Singapore: A colourful wander through Chinatown
There’s been six years between my first trip to Singapore and my most recent trip. I can’t believe it’s been that long but it definitely didn’t feel it! However, Singapore is such a fast-developing city so there were plenty of noticeable changes. When I first went, the Marina Bay Sands Hotel had only just opened … More Long time no see, Singapore!
The handover of Hong Kong saw the return of six and a half million people to the same autocratic regime from which their elders had fled less than 50 years previously. And so, in 1997, the seed was sown for an inevitable and prolonged fight for true universally suffrage, albeit a fight that could often be selectively ignored. … More Hong Kong’s youth-driven democracy struggle
Hong Kong had been a British colony from 1841 and the 1st of July 1997 marked a significant day in history: the handover of British Hong Kong to China and the end of the British Empire. The handover also marked the return of six and a half million people to the same autocratic regime from which their elders had fled less than fifty years previously. … More Why Hong Kong’s 1997 Handover still matters
It’s currently World Refugee Week until the 25th June and so I want to bring attention to some important issues and great causes. You may or may not have seen my last post about World Refugee Day – in it I mentioned three refugee stories that have particularly touched me. One of those stories was about North-Korean-born Yeonmi … More North Korean refugees need our help.
I’m going to take a moment out here to talk about something much more important and serious than travelling and I hope you will take something away from this. This week is World Refugee Week and today, the 20th June, is World Refugee Day. You will have certainly heard a lot about refugees in the … More World Refugee Day 2017: Stories of survival and how you can help
If you’ve been reading my blog for a while now you’ll know that one reason I embarked on my Asia trip was to see where else I could live in the world. At the end of a visit to every new city I’ve been to, I’ve done a summary to see how it compares with … More Cameron Highlands wrap up: Can I live here?
Aside from its tea, the Cameron Highlands are famous for their juicy strawberries. I headed to the aptly named ‘Big Red Strawberry Farm‘ to try them for myself. You can pick your own but, like a local Canadian man told me, it’s not really any different to strawberry picking back in your native country, except … More Malaysia: Cameron Highlands strawberry farm
It’s time for the main event; the reason why I came to the Cameron Highlands! Beautiful, bouncy, leafy mountains!! Honestly, I defy anyone to not want to go after seeing photos of them. The mountains are actually plantations of tea leaves, rather than just wild greenery. There are several different tea plantations you can visit but … More Malaysia: Boh Tea Plantation in the Cameron Highlands
The main draw of the Cameron Highlands is undoubtedly the beautiful green mountains full of tea leaves, which look like something lifted straight out of The Shire. I went to a tea plantation site myself, and it didn’t disappoint, but you’ll have to wait until my next post to see all those photos! This post … More Malaysia: Countryside walks in the Cameron Highlands