My Top 5 Shopping Malls in Dubai
Nov24

My Top 5 Shopping Malls in Dubai

I knew there would be a few malls in Dubai, but I wasn’t prepared for the scale or grandeur of the buildings; they are completely over the top for entertainment value and absolutely huge.  Shopping seems to be the national pastime here. There are malls everywhere, hundreds of them, and most are cities in themselves as they are so vast.  They have every conceivable thing you could possibly want or imagine so it’s impossible...

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Is the Japan Rail Pass worth getting?
Jun12

Is the Japan Rail Pass worth getting?

Should you buy a Japan Rail Pass for your trip to Japan? Travelling on Japanese railways is expensive, very expensive, so in order not to be spending all your hard-earned cash on train fares, you must decide where you’re going beforehand to work out if a Japan Rail Pass is going to be worth getting or not. If your itinerary is very similar to mine, (arriving at Narita Airport (you can use the Narita Express), travelling into...

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What’s it like in a Japanese Capsule Hotel?
May29

What’s it like in a Japanese Capsule Hotel?

It’s gotta be done…My two nights in a Capsule Hotel in Kyoto…. The one thing synonymous with Japan is the capsule or pod hotel, and I knew I had to experience staying in one while I was there.  It’s not for the faint-hearted, so if you want your luxurious bedroom with en-suite, then this isn’t for you. But if you want something a bit different, like sleeping on a spaceship, then give it a go! When I...

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Geisha and Maiko Spotting in Kyoto
May28

Geisha and Maiko Spotting in Kyoto

Geisha and Maiko Spotting in Kyoto One of the main things I wanted to do whilst I was in Japan was to see if I could spot a real live Geisha.  I’ve been completely fascinated by Geisha long before I read the book, ‘Memoirs of a Geisha‘ and watched the film based on the book. Geisha, and Maiko (an apprentice Geisha), are really hard to find, and if anyone spots one, the cameras come out and everyone starts acting like...

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Baku Old Town – Azerbaijan
Apr30

Baku Old Town – Azerbaijan

 The Old Town, Baku After walking around and admiring all the very futuristic architecture of Baku, you soon stumble across the Old Town, the old historical core of the city. The Old Town Baku, or to give it it’s proper Azeri name, Icheri Sheher, is the oldest historical centre of Baku dating from the 12th Century.  It’s surrounded by a turreted wall that’s been beautifully restored, and the tiny inner roads are car...

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Baku to the Future!
Apr08

Baku to the Future!

The Futuristic Architecture of Baku Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, is a city that’s quite intriguing to visit because as soon as you arrive into the city, you’re struck by the very futuristic architecture that dominates the skyline. Baku has a distinct mix of three types of architecture; the ancient old walled City; the 19th century French neo-classical, and the very futuristic structures, all sitting around the bay on...

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Visa on Arrival, Bali
Jun03

Visa on Arrival, Bali

Don’t forget your Visa! When you arrive in Bali, don’t do what I did and go straight to the customs queues to exit.  I’m not very observant and totally missed the desk where you need to get a Visa to enter into Bali, so when I got to passport control, I had to turn back again and go to the Visa desk  and line up again to get a ‘Visa on arrival’.  This costs around £17, or US$25, or  about AUS$25, or...

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Kuta and Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
May31

Kuta and Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Gates to Heaven, Kuta, Bali Bali was nothing like I expected it to be when I got there.  When I thought of Bali, I thought of a tropical island with palm trees swaying and a bit of a deserted, exclusive island with not many people about, a bit like the Caribbean really, but I was so wrong!  I had arrived in Kuta, and I should have done a bit of research before I got here!  It’s dirty, noisy, the beaches are polluted with...

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Vintage Singapore
Jan13

Vintage Singapore

Haji Lane, Singapore Haji Lane I’m always on the look out for market preferably of the vintage or flea variety. I got chatting to a local girl in Singapore and asked her where do the local Singaporeans go for vintage shopping rather than the giant malls that everyone seems to frequent? She then told me about Haji Lane. Haji Lane is tucked away in the Muslim Quarter, near Little India and is a tiny, narrow old Colonial street...

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Chinese New Year in Singapore…..
Jan12

Chinese New Year in Singapore…..

Chinese New Year I was so lucky being in Singapore for Chinese New Year, and this year it’s the Year of the Horse.  I’m only used to seeing a little bit of Chinese New Year when I happen to be near Gerrard Street in London but this was on another level.  It’s a riot of red and gold, with beautiful hanging lanterns lit up and the streets come alive with thousands of people milling about in Pagoda Street, buying...

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