When many people thing of Hong Kong’s streetscape, a common word is ‘crowded’. The streets are narrow and bustling, and the neon signs which often overhang the streets mean that there is virtually no escape from the congestion. This is especially the case in districts within proximity of the city centre, such as Wan Chai … More Hong Kong Hotspot: Bustling in Colour
I GET THIS sense, whenever I am travelling alone or purely with other young people, that travel is about the thrill of packing in as many memorable experiences in back-to-back in the shortest amount of time. Dare I say that travel was one of the inspirations for one of my life philosophies of constantly striving … More Beijing Backpacking, Day 29: Young And Hitting The Ground Running
LAST WEEK I went walkabout seeking beautiful architecture and a slice of the ‘real’ Beijing by breaking my journey at Beijing West Station with time to kill before my next meeting; only to be disappointed to find that the vast majority of the station concourse is only accessible to actual passengers. Beijing Railway Station (in … More Beijing Backpacking, Day 9: A Moment In Time Neither Here Nor There
Sitting sentinel upon on the tallest hill in Reykjavik, the seventy meter high silhouette of Hallgrimskirkja appears to resemble a sword that has been buried deep to it’s hilt. Surrounded by snow capped mountains, frozen lakes, eerie graveyards, Hallgrimskirkja (the Church of Hallgrimur) adds to the magic and mystery of Iceland and it’s capital city, … More Hallgrimskirkja: The sentinel of Reykjavik
IT’S BEEN A rough week in the world news. Conflict, death, and violence in every corner. And amidst this, the turmoil forced a little bit of history to be made. While violence in Baltimore has virtually shut down the entire city, Major League Baseball almost never delays its season – in recent times only delaying it in … More How to live the national pastime when “the show must go on”
IT’S A CLICHÉ that the New Year is a time for fresh starts. The coincidence of the New Year period with time off work brings the opportunity to get away on one of Sydney’s scenic drives and find reflection and recollection time. There was a time when Newcastle, a two hour drive north of Sydney, … More New Year, New Beginnings, Newcastle
28 years ago today, 1 million people, in an act of nonviolent resistance, matched down EDSA, the primary orbital Road in Metro Manila to protest and overthrow the regime of dictator Ferdinand Marcos, ending his 23 year reign. In what was hailed as the finest moment in modern Philippine history, the people dropped their individualism … More Manila: 28 years on
SYDNEY’S HISTORY FOLLOWS the development patterns of many of its North American counterparts, especially in the first half of the 20th century. Initially, the inner ring of the city was home to the working class, close to factories and warehouses. With the advent of suburbs, these areas naturally followed down the same paths of urban … More Local Travel in Sydney: Been to Chippendale?
HISTORY HAS A strange way of surviving in Singapore. In its watershed economic golden age, Singaporeans seemed to have neglected relics of their past by demolishing many of their oldest and most established areas in the name of development. Take a look at the holistic image of its skyline – build upon the site of … More Local Travel in Singapore: Been to Bugis?