Tajrish, Tehran – Explore its Bazaar and Enjoy the Spectacular Shrine

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

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe – a Return Visit

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe (image origin unknown)

Some pictures and descriptions below of my trip to Victoria Falls during my return visit to what was, by this time, Zimbabwe. But first… (If you’d like to jump straight to pictures of my Victoria Falls visit click here). I explained how I grew up in Rhodesia (now called Zimbabwe) back here. It was a… Read more

Enjoy 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 – Explore the 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

Explore 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

An Exciting Day Out: 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

Enjoy a Day Trip to the Beautiful Kawasan Falls, Badian, Cebu

Kawasan Falls, Badian Cebu

Kawasan Falls, Badian, Cebu

I was in Cebu recently when a group of us visited the Kawasan Falls, near Badian. Badian turned out to be about a 3-hour drive from Cebu City, where I was staying. It’s only about 120 Kms, but the traffic on Cebu is heavy and the roads are narrow, with limited overtaking opportunities. Here’s where… Read more

My Experiences on a 3-month Project in Riyadh

Kingdom Tower Riyadh

Kingdom Tower, Riyadh

From August to the end of November, 2016, I was part of a team working on a project in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The trip from Hong Kong totalled 21 hours: I would get up at 4:00 am to get to the airport and catch the 7:50 Emirates flight to Dubai. I then had a 6-hour… Read more