Lamma Island Hong Kong – Best Seafood in Hong Kong (By Far)

Sok Kwu Wan seafood restaurants

Sok Kwu Wan seafood restaurants

The territory of Hong Kong encompasses 246 islands, the majority of which are uninhabited, with some barely more than a big rock. However, in addition to Lantau Island, where I live, there’s also a community on Lamma Island, which lies to the South-West of Hong Kong Island. Whereas Lantau is the biggest island in the… Read more

Growing Up in Africa – Schooling was Not Much Fun

Camel's Hump, Vumba Mountains

Camel's Hump, Vumba Mountains, Zimbabwe

Back here, I wrote about how my parents moved to what was then Southern Rhodesia in the early 1950s, bought 1000 acres of virgin African bush and made a farm – and life as a child growing up there. Part of growing up, of course, is the requirement to go to school. There was a… Read more

Baguio City, Philippines – Explore Camp John Hay and Mines View

Mines View, Baguio, Philippines

Mines View, Baguio City, Philippines.

Baguio City, in the mountains of Northern Luzon, has a climate that is quite different from most other parts of the Philippines. That’s because it sits at an altitude of around 5,000 feet. I’ve woken up on a December morning to find ice on the car’s windscreen – not a common experience in the Philippines… Read more

100 Islands, Pangasinan, Philippines – Enjoy the Crystal Clear Waters

100 Islands, Pangasinan, Philippines

100 Islands, Pangasinan, Philippines

One recent Christmas I was staying with friends near San Manuel, in Pangasinan Province on the island of Luzon in the Philippines. Luzon is the largest island in the Philippines (which comprises more than 7,000 islands in all) and the Northern-most one. It contains at least 3 active volcanos (Mayon, Pinatubo and Taal) and is… Read more

Taleghani Park and Tabiat Bridge, Tehran. A Great Place to Chill Out

Tabiat Bridge, Tehran

The Tabiat Bridge, Tehran

My second project in Tehran was in January and February – the middle of Winter and very cold! Tehran has lots of parks, and all the ones I visited were popular and very well kept. This particular walk was to Taleghani Park, about a 45-minute walk from the hotel where I was staying in the… Read more

Taal Volcano, Philippines – Spectacular Views on a Hike to the Rim

Taal Volcano, Philippines

The Taal Volcano, Philippines.

The Taal Volcano, in Batangas, Philippines, is the smallest volcano in the world, and one of the most dangerous. It erupted in January 2020 after a rest of 43 years, one of the longest periods of its inactivity since records began. Actually, inactivity is not the right word, because earthquakes at the volcano are being… Read more

Dubai – Explore Jumeirah Beach Resort and the Marina

Atlantis at the Palm, Dubai

The Palm and the aero club runway, Dubai

Although Dubai is a prime tourist destination, I’ve done a couple of different projects there – hence me including it on this site. I have transitioned through Dubai many times to other countries for work (in the Middle East), or pleasure (the UK). I’ve not gone into detail here on the different attractions in Dubai… Read more

Spectacular Views on the Mui Wo to Discovery Bay Walk

Hills between Mui Wo and Discovery Bay

Hills between Mui Wo and Discovery Bay

One of the more popular hikes on Lantau Island goes from Discovery Bay (generally referred to as DB) to Mui Wo but, because I live in Mui Wo, I usually do it in the opposite direction. Mui Wo is changing increasingly quickly now. It was originally a local Chinese fishing community and, before the Tsing… Read more