Flores: Beginning of the Ende

It was another scenic 2 hour drive from Moni to the city of Ende and this time I lucked out with a mostly empty bus, making the twisty-turny journey much more bearable. The ride costed 50,000 IDR. I was also lucky in that before we reached the city proper, I spotted my hostel and so … Continue reading Flores: Beginning of the Ende

Flores: Livin’ La Vida Koka

It was already time to bid farewell to Bali as I excitedly boarded my plane to Flores, a few islands east. My excitement was heightened by the fact I was taking my first ever propeller plane flight, with a teeny tiny plane making the 2 hour hop to Maumere to the east of Flores. Described … Continue reading Flores: Livin’ La Vida Koka

Indonesia: In With the Nusa…

I probably shouldn't have been surprised to learn that a flight from Brisbane to Bali took 6 hours, due to how vast Australia is, but I genuinely did think it would just be a quick hop up to Indonesia. Luckily the flight was fine. It was early so I kipped in Brisbane airport beforehand - … Continue reading Indonesia: In With the Nusa…

Australia: Straddin’ Straddie

For my last few days in Australia, I wanted to get out of the city so decided to head to North Stradbroke Island ('Straddie') just 30km south of Brisbane. The second largest sand island in the world (sitting just behind Fraser Island, also in Queensland to the north), Straddie is easily accessible and blessed with … Continue reading Australia: Straddin’ Straddie

Australia: Wild Sydney

Sydney is more than just one of the most liveable cities in the world. It is also, like I think most Australian cities, surrounded by breathtaking scenery and nature, a lot of which is easily accessible even if you don't drive. One of the most accessible outdoor walks you can do runs from the famous … Continue reading Australia: Wild Sydney

Australia: Peace at Last

After a trying few months, it was finally time to get back on the road again and hit a country which had eluded me for a while. Ever since I first moved to Hong Kong, I'd be saying I'd visit Australia, due to its relative closeness (still 8 hours!) to the Orient compared to the … Continue reading Australia: Peace at Last

Japan: Kagodreamer

Considering it's not a city that gets a lot of publicity, certainly in the west anyway, Kagoshima is remarkably well geared for tourism. The small airport is laden with English leaflets and brochures promoting the city's many tourist attractions - and there's certainly plenty. Even without the gigantic active volcano on its doorstep, Kagoshima has … Continue reading Japan: Kagodreamer

Kyrgyzstan: Yurt Camp & Chill

With my trip so far being pretty active, I fancied a few days chilling somewhere peaceful and Kyrgyzstan's huge Issyk-Kul lake seemed the perfect place to do that. The lake is essentially split in two where tourism is concerned. The northern shore is filled with beach resorts and holidaying Russians whilst the southern shore is … Continue reading Kyrgyzstan: Yurt Camp & Chill

Borneo: Hasta Mañana

The islands just outside Kota Kinabalu were really nice but we craved something a bit more remote to round off our Borneo adventure. One of our friends had heard of a beach resort known as Mañana, about an hour's drive from Kota Kinabalu, so we decided to check it out and spend a couple of nights relaxing … Continue reading Borneo: Hasta Mañana

Borneo: A Passive Aggressive Text Message

... At least that's what I thought of when I discovered Sabah's main city was locally referred to as 'KK'. This abbreviation (from Kota Kinabalu, which takes at least half a second longer to say) gives an impression of a young, hip, trendy city. In many ways that's what KK is morphing into, which is … Continue reading Borneo: A Passive Aggressive Text Message