Dubai – Walking Around JBR 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

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

Tajrish – the Most Colourful Shrine I Saw in Tehran

Alborz Mountains, Tehran

The Alborz Mountains, Tehran

At the beginning of my second project in Tehran I was staying at the Esteghlal hotel, which is in the northern part of the city, near the Alborz mountains and the district of Tajrish. That picture above is the view I had from my room. Tehran is in the shadow of the Alborz mountains to… Read more

A Return Visit to Zimbabwe – Victoria Falls and Chobe

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe (image origin unknown)

Pictures and descriptions below of my visit to Victoria Falls and a day trip to Chobe Game Reserve in Botswana. But first… (If you’d like to jump straight to Victoria Falls click here. If you’d like to jump straight to Chobe Game Reserve click here.) I explained how I grew up in Rhodesia (now called… Read more

Boracay Island – Philippines’ Rehabilitated Resort

Boracay Island Philippines from the air

Boracay Island, Philippines

This is one of those times I’m writing about a popular tourist destination – the island of Boracay, in the Philippines. That’s it, in the picture above, taken from the aeroplane as we flew in to Caticlan airport on the next-door island of Panay. In April 2018, Boracay was closed because over-crowding, over-commercialisation, and a… Read more

Macau – Las Vegas of the East

Friendship Bridge Macau

Friendship Bridge, Macau

Macau is a peninsular off the Chinese mainland and includes 2 islands, Taipa and Coloane, that are connected to the peninsular by bridges. The image above shows the Friendship Bridge, the Eastern-most bridge linking Taipa to the Macau peninsular. Currently a Special Administrative Region in China, the same status as Hong Kong, Macau had a… Read more

Tanah Rata, Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

Tanah Rata Cameron Highlands Malaysia

Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

I’ve had both business and holiday visits to Malaysia, and I liked the place so much that I applied for, and was given, my retirement visa (Malaysia My Second Home, or MM2H). On one of my holiday visits a couple of friends and I drove up to Tanah Rata in the Cameron Highlands. Here’s where… Read more

Dune Bashing in Dubai

Dune Bashing in Dubai

Dune Bashing in Dubai

If you’re in Dubai over a weekend and looking for something to do, I recommend Dune Bashing. All the major hotels can arrange a Dune Bashing trip for you and there are travel agencies who will do the same. You can also book online – just Google ‘dune bashing in Dubai’. There are generally 3… Read more