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Asia

From the nomadic steppes of Kazakhstan to the frenetic streets of Hanoi, Asia is a continent so full of intrigue, adventure, solace, and spirituality that it has fixated and confounded travelers for centuries.

Mount Popa or could be Mount Pooper Myanmar

Myanmar is certainly a mysterious country. One that is also intriguing. Located about 50 kilometres southeast of Bagan is an extinct volcano called Mount Popa. The mountain itself can be seen from a long distance away, but the volcano isn’t the reason many people visit, it is a plug from...

Discovering Manila. The Pearl of the Orient

Manila Cathedral Since it was ‘discovered’ by the Spaniards in the 16th century and named ‘Las Filipinas’ after Philip II of Spain, a succession of ‘rulers’ has influenced every aspect of the Philippines, flavouring its food and shaping its culture, creating its unique architecture, and...

Restaurant: Sushi-Jiro Keppel Bay

Sushi Jiro@Keppel Bay is truly a hidden gem. Hidden also from view, in a leafy perch atop the Marina building at Keppel Bay – the millionaires yachting playground that fronts Sentosa Island, it has a loyal local following. Sushi Jiro is semi fine-dining Japanese Restaurant that is...

Singapore Airlines Puts the Shine Back on the Big Apple

Singapore Airlines (SIA) returned to New York in early November, when it launched non-stop flights between Singapore and John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK). Services to Newark Airport were suspended at the onset of COVID-19. SIA will operate the Airbus A350-900 long-range...

Very nice, Kazakhstan!

When the invitation to visit Kazakhstan was floated to me, I was intrigued. Bucolic images of stark deserts, mountainous vistas, wild horses and nomadic living came to mind. It was to be more than that, much to my pleasant surprise. Kazakhstan is the largest of the five ‘stans’, the other...

Overview: Sri Lanka

Endless beaches with rolling surf, timeless ruins rich in history and culture, welcoming people, amazing wildlife, unique experiences, and flavoursome food make Sri Lanka irresistible. A country that is moving forward quickly as more and more people discover its myriad charms however...

Overview: Bali

The most popular tourist island in the archipelago.  There’s a good reason for this, the infrastructure is excellent, locals are friendly, there is plenty to do and the island has a superb range of accommodation to suit any budget. Bali is often referred to as the Island of the Gods...

Overview: Indonesia

The Republic of Indonesia is a country located in Southeast Asia and Oceania, between the Indian and Pacific oceans and is part of the volcanic Ring of Fire. In fact, if you like volcanoes you will see many of them as you travel throughout...

Flight Review: Philippine Airlines – Brisbane to Manila

Storyteller Leonie checked in to a flight from Brisbane to Manila with Philippine airlines in Business Class to check it out. Here is her verdict. Facts The Route: Brisbane to Manila (PR222) The aircraft: Airbus 321-200neo Class: Business Duration: 8 hours Frequency: Five times weekly ex...

Overview: Sulawesi

When you look at a map of Sulawesi it looks really odd, like someone who has been run over by a steamroller.  Sulawesi is one of the four Greater Sunda Islands. It is also the world’s eleventh-largest island, and is situated east of Borneo. Sulawesi has a...