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A world of inspiration: A Lesson in Humanity from a Thai Ladyboy

‘A world of inspiration‘ enters its 14th week with this wonderful article by Dan Haneveer who hails from Tasmania, Australia. One element of this series that I particularly love is its diversity; featuring people from different backgrounds in various countries around the world. Dan’s article is a precious lesson in diversity and acceptance. It accentuates the […]

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Bali ‘the island of Gods’

Bali, the ‘island of Gods’, is one of more than 14,000 isles in the Indonesian archipelago, is inhabited by warm and friendly people with a distinct Hindu culture and exudes a charm and beauty that is truly unique. From its majestic volcanoes, breathtaking rice terraces, ancient palaces and temples in the hinterland to the stunning […]

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Chum Mey (courtesy of Andy Eames, SMH)

A world of inspiration: A Survivor

This week’s edition of ‘A world of inspiration‘ is brought to you by Andy Hayes who is based in Scotland. Andy shares with us a brilliant account of his travels through Cambodia, his experiences there and the tragic yet inspirational life story of a Cambodian he had the privilege of meeting. A Survivor Capital Crimes […]

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Enchanting spots: Petra, Jordan

The ancient city of Petra , located deep in the mountains of southern Jordan, is an awe-inspiring monument to mankind’s ingenuity and craftmanship. The city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the new seven wonders of the world, is situated in a basin and was carved out of the rose-red stone of the surrounding […]

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velvet escape’s Culinary Journey: Kuala Lumpur

What: Curry laksa Where: Chawan (Kuala Lumpur) Note: Curry laksa is a Malaysian classic. It’s basically a thick, spicy coconut-based broth filled with chicken, shrimp, bean sprouts, fried tofu puffs and noodles (I prefer rice vermicelli – meehoon – in my curry laksa). This dish is rapidly gaining popularity around the world (when visiting Australia […]

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Sabah: a nature lover’s paradise

This spectacular corner of Malaysia occupies the northern fringe of the island of Borneo and is blessed with superb white sandy beaches and coral islands and large tracts of virgin tropical rainforests. Sabah is also the home of Mount Kinabalu, at 4,095 meters, the highest peak in Southeast Asia; the orang utans; and some of […]

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Sangye's cooking class

Lessons Learned in Sangye’s Kitchen

A guest post by Jessica O. Before visiting the seat of the Tibetan government in exile, I knew very little about Tibet, other than the Beastie Boys wanted to ‘free it’. That changed the moment I started wandering the streets of McLeod Ganj, the backpacker enclave 8 kilometres away from Dharamsala, India. While retaining its […]

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A man and his children

A world of inspiration: The Man from Mandalay

This week’s edition of ‘A world of inspiration‘ is by Dave and Deb who hail from Canada. Dave and Deb are adventure travellers, traversing the globe on bicycles, in a kayak or by foot. They share with us an inspiring story which is a lovely tribute to the people of Myanmar, and a powerful lesson […]

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Hong Kong’s spectacular skyline

Hong Kong (Island) has arguably one of the most spectacular city skylines in the world. The high density of skyscrapers crammed into a small strip of land on the northern edge of Hong Kong Island is a phenomenal sight. There are many ways to enjoy the views of the skyline. One way is to head for […]

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Bargaining in Southeast Asia

In Southeast Asia, bargaining (or asking for a discount) is part of everyday life. It’s commonplace to bargain at markets, hotels, souvenir shops and for transportation. The advent of modern shopping malls in Southeast Asian cities has dampened the practice of bargaining somewhat (though you can always ask for a discount or freebies if you’ve […]

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