Breaking the myths o...

And so, on this March 17th 2011, radiation is continuing to leak from the TEPCO Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, following the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami, but at what rate? I keep hearing conflicting reports about radiation levels monitored, recommended exclusion zone...

Readings, Readings; Carlton, VIC Dec14

Readings, Readings; ...

As a child, I was always inspired by the effect of being in a library. Surrounded by books stacked metres high. Knowledge. I could spend hours, just absorbed, going from book to book. Readings, Carlton gives you that feeling. Bookshelves lined to the ceilings. Popular books, literary works,...

A Singapore Sling

Crikey! I have just stepped onto the KTM Intercity overnight steam train from KL Sentral station to Singapore. I’ve just lugged my enormous 20kg travel bag about 13 carriages down to J1 in 32 degree heat, and dripping with sweat. My feet are killing me from my expedition to the mosque,...

Halong Bay

We’re currently sitting in an air conditioned corporate taxi to Halong City, crossing the massive iron truss bridges over the Red River Delta. I am continually amazed, watching intently as our well-groomed driver, dressed in an extraordinarily expensive suit, frequently overtakes into...

Kuala Lumpur

We have just experienced a mindblowing week and checked off two of the world’s seven ancient and natural wonders, the magnificent limsestone cliff islands and coves of Halong Bay and the ancient ruins of Angkor Wat, with its detailed engravings and spectacular architecture. I’m now...

Dark City. Phnom Pen...

There are three ways of travelling to Phnom Penh from Siem Reap- by road, by barge, or by air. This morning we toured Chong Kneas, a floating village in the Tonle Sap lake, the largest freshwater body of water in South East Asia, where we jetted past a number of floating shops, houses,...

Lost in Hanoi

It’s a 32 degree, humid evening in Hanoi. We have just walked out of our hotel in the Old Quarter, for a casual stroll down to Vincom City shopping mall. We’re on a mission to locate an iPod charger, and pre-book our tickets to the water puppets and the circus. All we have is a...

Images of South East...

Tran Quoc Pagoda View Larger Map A place of worship on a busy traffic thoroughfare just north of national Vietnamese Ho Chi Minh precinct in Hanoi. The ground floor of the temple is busy and jostling but not packed. People walk around, light free incense, take free flowers as a sign of respect...

Mount Donna Buang

Image via Wikipedia A few weeks ago I needed to go and commune with some sort of nature. And thus, I chose on my day off to ascend a mountain. Looking around Google Maps, at first I didn’t find a thing in this flat plain. Remember, I’m from Auckland, a city of 17 volcanoes....

The Supper Club, Mel...

Spring Street, Melbourne. Bright Lights. Cars. The big city. Theatres. Musicals. Restaurants. Fine wine. You head down the street, past an unmarked door. You pause, turn back, open this door. You trudge up the flight of stairs as warm jazz hits your ears. At the top, you are in a secret...

The London Tavern Ho...

The Toff (my friend Dan the English Man) was running away from us in Melbourne in the late summer, and so he took us to a pub I had never been to. To set the scene, during daylight savings time, in Melbourne, the sun sets sometime after 8pm and before 9. It’s fairly warm, sometimes...

A Journey to Epping

On Monday morning, I received a most unexpected email. I had, as a child in New Zealand, saved up to buy a book from the Scholastic Book Club- schools received catalogues for their students which provided discounted books published by Scholastic. This book was one that had won an award and was...