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Exploring Rio with locals

Rio de Janeiro is one of my favourite cities to visit and I’ll jump on any opportunity to go there. I’ll never tire of its spectacular natural setting, the beaches, the architecture and street art, and its unique vibe. When I received an invitation to speak at a conference in Belo Horizonte (read about my […]

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My favourite travel experiences in 2016

I know, we’re way into the new year so it’s a bit late for a wrap-up of my travels in 2016. I blame the flu for that! It first hit me in early-December, went away and returned with a vengeance just before Christmas, and only now do I feel somewhat better. Oh well! On the […]

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This is #MyMauritius – a video journey

It’s one of the most beautiful islands I’ve had the privilege of visiting (twice)! There’s just something absolutely magical about this island with its the crystal-clear lagoons and lofty peaks, fabulous food, lovely people and stunning resorts. This island is Mauritius! I’ve created a video of my journey around the island and all the wondrous […]

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My week in Mauritius – Part 2

This is the second of the two-part ‘My Week in Mauritius’ series. If you missed the first part, head on to My Week in Mauritius – Part 1. The sun was shining bright as I opened my eyes. For a second, I wondered where I was. I pulled the soft duvet over my shoulders and […]

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Sunset at Seminyak beach.

Celebrating a Lifetime of Friendship – The Bestie Getaway

Allan and Eugene. They’re the best and closest friends I have. We met when we were six-years-old; we lived in the same neighbourhood in Kuala Lumpur and attended the same school. Our friendship grew as we had lots in common and we shared countless precious moments together: joy and laughter, family tribulations and our own […]

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My week in Mauritius – Part 1

“Mauritius was made first, and then heaven, and that heaven was copied after Mauritius” – Mark Twain It’s a quote I’ve seen often and anyone visiting Mauritius will come across that line at some point or other. Except, it’s not exactly what Mark Twain said 200-odd years ago when he first visited the island. The […]

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Experiencing the Four Seasons Mauritius at Anahita

The first time I saw the Four Seasons Mauritius at Anahita was from a helicopter tour during my first trip to Mauritius. Widely recognised as one of the most luxurious resorts in Mauritius, the Four Seasons Mauritius comprises 136 villas spread out across extensive grounds on the mainland as well as an island in the […]

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Back to paradise!

I’m super excited about my next trip! It would be my second trip to this amazing destination in the Indian Ocean. I vividly remember my first trip there, back in 2013. On my return home, I wrote a post about my trip and called it ‘What paradise is like‘, because that’s what it was to […]

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Ten European city break ideas

It’s a new year and with it, hopefully lots of new travels, inspiration and joy! I was chatting with a few friends of mine several weeks ago and they asked me for some European city break ideas for 2016. That got me thinking of the cities I’d visited in the past year or two and […]

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2015: my year of travel in Instagrams

Another year comes to an end and a fresh new year begins. 2015 was yet another tumultuous year, marked by horrific events. What with terrorist attacks around the world, the refugee crisis and man-made/natural disasters, it was sometimes hard to stay positive. Despite the somber mood, 2015 was, for me, an amazing year with many […]

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