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We drive from Shaftesbury in the South of England, early one Sunday morning, and make good time, arriving at 3pm to a cold, and rainswept Glasgow. With only a day and half here, we were only going to scratch the surface of what looks like a very rich and multi layered city. It’s a shame that the weather puts a dampener on things, as walking into the city centre from the hotel, we are struck by the many impressive, ornate Victorian era buildings…

The Hafod Estate We’d never heard of the Hafod Estate before seeking some walking recommendations at the pretty little tourist Information Centre on the quayside of Aberaeron.  Here the helpful advisor, in a rich Welsh accent, proclaimed the Hafod Estate to be ”gorgeous”, which was enough of a recommendation for us. Hafod is tucked away down some small country lanes, to the East of the Ceredigion coast, in the  Ystwyth valley about an hour or so’s drive from Aberaeron. The Estate has a rich history, stretching…

The red dot turned 49 yesterday, and we were lucky enough to score some tickets to the annual National Day Parade, held in the shimmering, sweltering Marina Bay. A national day is not something we have back in the UK, perhaps we don’t feel the need for it, our history stretches back for centuries, and even agreeing on a date would be problematic and controversial. No such problem for relatively youthful countries like Singapore, whose separation from the larger Malaya peninsula is still…

The long Chinese new Year Weekend gave an opportunity to return to this hike (we last did the hike in driving rain, back in March), this time in glorious sunny weather, and crystal clear visibility – a rarer occurrence these days due to pollution. About an hour and a half journey from Central Hong Kong is rewarded with one of the country’s best coastal walks, with largely unspoilt, and virtually empty, sandy beaches, and some significant climbs for the more adventurous nearby. …

December  took me back to Bath, a city I know well from my youth, when as a teenager, many days and nights were spent exploring the city, often sleeping in the car on a Saturday, after a late night clubbing. Even in Winter, it is still a beautiful place to visit, with the added benefit of not being over run with Summer time tourists.

For the last three days now, the topic of haze has not been far from Singaporean lips.  While not the first time that Singapore has been enveloped in smoke from nearby Indonesia, this time it’s worse than anyone can remember. The smoke haze seems at it’s worst at dusk and dawn, when the filtered light combined with the smoke, brings a gloomy air to the city.  The city’s landmarks, the skyscrapers, Singapore Flyer (a larger version of the London Eye) and the…

The giant rubber duck, created by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, has been delighting Hongkies and visitors for the last six weeks or so.  But yesterday was finally time to say good-bye to the giant duck before it spreads its wings and migrates to the other side of the world. This bright happy avarian seems to have brought a smile to everyone’s face – not an easy task in Hong Kong.  Catching a ferry over to Tsim Sha Tsui, and catching a first view of…

The long weekend in late May allows a quick, all too brief get away to Vietnam,  a country  I’ve not visited since 1999.  Back then it was firmly on the back packer trail, but still relatively under developed as a more upmarket traveller destination for urban dwelling SE Asians, looking to get away from hectic city life for a few days We get a deal at the Vedana Lagoon resort, a beautiful get away spot, about a two hour drive from De Nang…

Wakeboarding is one of the few adrenalin sports you can do here in Singapore.  Last weekend Lip joined us, superb rider.  If I could be 20% as good as this I’d be very happy.  We generally ride with Edge Wakeboarding, based up in the Pungoll Marina Country Club