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

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

Indonesia: The Chili Islands

Chilled out Kuta was the perfect way to start things off but I decided to go one step further by heading up to the definition of paradise - the Gilis. These three tiny islands just off Lombok have been captivating backpackers for around 20 years and many have found it impossible to leave. I was … Continue reading Indonesia: The Chili Islands

Malaysia: Penang & Back Again

With no passport, no camera and Malaysia's police force being as useful as a chocolate teapot, it was fair to say my arrival in Penang was pretty tainted. It didn't take too long to get myself sorted though. With my elusive passport probably being used by my Malaysian doppelgänger, I enlisted the help of a … Continue reading Malaysia: Penang & Back Again

5 Places to Escape Hong Kong

It's funny how you can move to a dynamic city that never sleeps then spend the whole time you're there finding places to 'get away' from it all and relax. I love the buzz of Hong Kong and I wouldn't swap the adrenalin rush I get when walking amongst its streets for anything. But sometimes … Continue reading 5 Places to Escape Hong Kong

Hong Kong: Po Toi Island & Christmas

Winter has finally hit Hong Kong. The locals are dressing as if we're in the Arctic and there's a December chill in the air which means only one thing - Christmas is coming! Sadly, before my festivities can begin (in Asia's very own answer to Lapland, the Philippines no less!) I have to tie up various … Continue reading Hong Kong: Po Toi Island & Christmas

Keep Calm and Occupy Central

Unless you've been living under a rock for the past week, you'll know that Hong Kong has been all over the news recently as the Occupy Central protest movement heats up. It's a fascinating time to be living in the city, interacting with locals and watching history unfold in front of me. Interdisperse this with … Continue reading Keep Calm and Occupy Central

Hong Kong: Cheung Chau Island

To recover from the stress of visa-processing, me and my hallmates treated ourselves to a night out in Lan Kwai Fong (LKF) before I had a flick through Lonely Planet to see if there was anywhere nearby I could explore. I stumbled across Cheung Chau Island, a small island close to HK Island, which is … Continue reading Hong Kong: Cheung Chau Island