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Asia » Singapore October 6th 2012

Some of you may know that I have actually written about Singapore before. Whereas that visit two-and-a-half years ago was a one night stopover, this time I would be here to finish the place off with a two-night stay. You could say that this is the sequel. Some of you may also know my cousin Nicola and her husband Simon - who so kindly looked after me when I first arrived in London, five years ago. How time flies and much has changed in the intervening years - Nicola has since got married (incidentally, the reason I passed through Singapore the first time was to attend her wedding), moved to Singapore, and now has a 15-month old son Oliver, another second cousin to add to my burgeoning collection. Some things have stayed the same however ... read more
Marina Bay Sands
Gardens By The Bay
Clarke Quay

Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap October 4th 2012

"Pleeeeeaaaaaaase!" screamed the Canadian girl in the bunk below. The alarm of the guy in the bunk next to mine went off which woke everyone up apart from him. After ten long minutes, he finally got up, none the wiser that he had just pissed a whole dorm full of people off. It was 6.30am and I needed to be at Phnom Penh's bus station at 7.30am. Might as well get up then, godammit... Talking to the tuk-tuk driver outside the hostel, I instructed him to take me to the bus station near the Central Market. In my experience so far, Cambodians have found it difficult to understand me, and I to understand them - so I was a bit worried whether he was actually taking me to the right place. Thankfully he dropped me off ... read more
Ta Prohm
Asuras (Demon Gods)

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh September 30th 2012

Gkee and I have been on many journeys together - Greece, Bosnia, Iceland, Italy, Hungary, Sweden and Poland to name just a few - so I'm used to seeing him in foreign countries. Yet I would never have guessed that I would be flying into Phnom Penh, Cambodia, to visit him - and three years ago, neither would he. Yet here I was, about fly into Phnom Penh to visit Gkee and his girlfriend Fiona who a... read more
Independence Monument
Central Market
Memorial Stupa

Asia » Malaysia » Wilayah Persekutuan » Kuala Lumpur September 27th 2012

Unlike most places that I visit these days, Malaysia is a place I am very familiar with. So familiar in fact, that initially I wasn't even going to write about it. My parents both grew up in Malaysia so as a kid, I used to come here all the time on joyous trips to visit my extended family of grandparents, uncles, aunties, and cousins. Unfortunately, the reason for my visit this time around was for a reason more solemn. My grandfather has been battling cancer for the most part of this year but in August, his health had suffered a sudden decline. I had been hoping to come this way for Christmas to see my grandfather one last time but the state of his health had forced me to unexpectedly rearrange my plans. I booked my ... read more
Putra Mosque
Nasi Kerabu
Sultan Abdul Samad Building

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Oxfordshire » Oxford September 2nd 2012

I almost decided not to write about what was a mostly uneventful day in Oxford. It was, as the title suggests, oh so quiet. But I guess if you are one of the 18,000 Oxford University student intelligentsia in pursuit of academic excellence, then that is probably how you like it. But nevertheless, Oxford is probably the most famous university town in the world, with lots of magnificent architecture and pristine lawns to gawk at, so I shall briefly regale you with my short visit to the hallowed town. After almost five years living in England, a two-day work team-building exercise had finally drawn me down Oxford way. As we would be based on the outskirts of the town, I decided to come a day early to have a look around before the "team-building" commenced. Along ... read more
Hall Staircase, Christ Church College
Great Hall, Christ Church College
Magdalen College

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Yorkshire » Leeds June 5th 2012

Goddamn passport issues. Having already wreaked havoc with earlier holidays this year to Turkey and Norway, my own passport issues had now reared their head and meant that I couldn't travel overseas on the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Weekend. Four-day weekends are oh so rare in the UK, so when they come around I would usually append a few days leave onto them for a proper trip away. Without getting into detail, I wasn't completely sure if I would be able to travel overseas for the long weekend until quite late on, so I didn't have anything organised for quite a while. Just because you can't travel overseas doesn't mean you can't have a decent holiday of course. I've said many times that I haven't done as much tra... read more
High Altar
Merchant Adventurer's Hall
Monk Bar

Europe » Norway » Western Norway » Bergen May 27th 2012

The idea of an 'hermit holiday' is for a group of friends to meet at an airport on a Friday evening, knowing that they will be flying somewhere for the weekend without knowing where exactly they are flying to. Another friend not travelling that weekend would have bought flights for each person, with each flight going to a different destination. The participants only find out where they are going, once they get to the airport. Everyone flying is then required take a video camera with them to record their experience. As regular readers of this blog will know, I have lied about my next blog being from Norway not just once, but twice. Sag and I were meant to travel to Bergen all the way back in March, but was post... read more
Lake With A View
Harbour Side
Dead Calm

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Granada May 10th 2012

"Belfast?! Most people who've come here say they've just come from Cordoba or Seville, but this is the first time anyone has come here straight from Belfast. That's random." It was. Most people wouldn't take a week's holiday and go from London to Belfast to Granada. It wasn't the original plan; I was meant to continue down to the Republic after my short but sweet sweep through Northern Ireland. However, with no-one wanting to come with me I just had to say yes when Davies asked me if I was keen to go to Granada. I just had to - me and Granada have some unfinished business. It all started on my Euro Trip in the summer of 2007. Having talked to some hostellers in Seville about Granada - the Alhambra and the free tapas in ... read more
Intricate Carvings
Fuentes de las Batallas
Torre del Cubo, Alhambra

Surprisingly, I was the first to arrive at the gate at Stansted Airport out of everyone. This like, never happens. Especially at 6:45 in the morning! But here I was at the gate, sleepy and bleary-eyed as Davies, Claire, Sag and Sarah came strolling in. Our flight was bound for Belfast, for a long weekend gallivanting around Northern Ireland - or as the locals call it "Norn Iron". We were driving this trip and after we touched down at Belfast International Airport, we got a pleasant surprise as we picked up the keys to our rental Volkswagen Passat. "We've got a Mercedes available if you want to upgrade?" said the man at the counter. "How much more?" asked Davies. "£6 a day extra," replied the man. Hmmm...I don't know - £1.20 each per day extra is ... read more
Titanic Museum, Belfast
Causeway Coast
Don't Look Down!

I almost couldn't believe what Davies had just texted me. "U guys get the bad news on istanbul departure? 7hr delay apparently, due to weather. i have a 3:30am departure now! WTF" Penelope, Rebecca, Claire and I were just boarding a bus to Istanbul's Ataturk Airport and the weather was fine, so what the hell was going on? Although hoping against hope that it was just some mistake, our worst fears were realised when we arrived at the airport. Thunderstorms in Istanbul the night before had delayed several flights and they were still clearing the backlog. For some reason, our flight which was meant to take off at 2030, was now taking off at 0415 the next morning. This now meant that I would be touching down at London Heathrow at 0630 UK time, giving me ... read more
A View To A Kill
Grant Street
Palace Of Fine Arts

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