Seeing Eyes

Ten long, yet short, years ago I met a man. I have no idea what his name is. I know him only as Seeing Eyes. I met him under a tree on a local island in Shaviyaani Atoll in the far north of the Republic of Maldives. It was a breathlessly hot day. Blindingly bright. […]

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Gone Fishing

Ranthambore National Park. Rajasthan, India. In the heart of winter. Warm sunny days, cool starlit nights. In search of the endangered Bengal tiger. Travelling with no time frame, I was able to stay until I fulfilled a childhood dream. Day ten arrived in a blaze of glory. The sun rising into a flame-coloured sky, lighting […]

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Monkey Business

Ubud. In the depths of the Monkey Forest. Narrow shafts of silvery sunlight reaching tentatively down through the canopy of branches above my head. Brightening the eerie shadows cast by the trees. Remnants of the rain lying in irregular puddles on ground. Catching the light. The eyes of the monkeys encircling me searching my body […]

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Under The cover Of Darkness

Central Bali. A cool, bright night in the rice fields. Not a whisper of wind rifling the mosquito net that fell in a waterfall of pale cream cloth from the rafter above my bed. The air filled with night noises; crickets, frogs, birds. A symphony of nature sound that comforted me with its presence. Why […]

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Hanging Ten

Bangkok, Thailand. On the leading shoulder of the monsoon season where temperatures are blissfully cool after the searing, humidity-drenched weeks surrounding the New Year festivities of Songkran. Last night, around 8pm, the city was slammed by a tropical storm. The weather men had said it was going to rain and they were not wrong. Endless, […]

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Menu Magic

Skydancing at 10.7 kilometres above sea level on the way to Bali… A little earlier I was sitting in a coffee place at Changi Airport in Singapore disturbing the peace with my laughter. I was comfortably ensconced in a deep, lush, red velvet armchair sipping, or should I say slurping a mango smoothie and feeling […]

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Travels With Jack

Nong Chit, Northeast Thailand. A very small farming village in the midst of rice fields. Wooden houses on stilts. Rainwater not running water. Sporadic electricity blinking from bare light bulbs. Chickens scratching in the dirt. Ducks marching around – quacking, staking their claim to their territory. Ever-present dogs scavenging for their right to stay alive. […]

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You Go Which Way?

Singapore, in the heart of the monsoon season. Incredibly hot. Never-endingly wet. Enervating humidity. On this particular Thursday afternoon the rain had yet to arrive but the threat of it hung heavy in the air. Towering black clouds were building menacingly to the west, occasionally under-lit by streaks of fluorescent-white lightening. In the far distance […]

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Tea Money

There is something about me and taxis in Bangkok. Seems like I can’t get in one without having an adventure. And a pleasant Sunday afternoon one September was no exception. It all started very normally, as adventures often do. Completely unplanned, as adventures often are. When I climbed into the taxi in the porte cochere […]

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To Talk or Not To Talk

Sky dancing. Singapore to Bali. Early one Sunday evening. On board a plane much fuller than in recent times. A welcome change. There are three Indians sitting behind me, to the right. A couple. Tiny. Wizened. Wrinkled like walnuts and much the same colour. Old in years but looking young at heart and carrying the […]

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