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Reigniting the magic of travel

I sometimes consider myself fortunate that I was born during a time when smartphones were a thing of science fiction, when postcards were the only means of saying ‘I was here’ and slideshows in your living room – remember those bulky projectors? – and photo albums were the only ways to share your travel experiences […]

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What makes me happy when I travel

I’m a firm believer that travel makes us more well-rounded individuals. It helps to build confidence, broaden our perspectives, teach us new things and thereby, contribute to our general happiness. The International Day of Happiness got me thinking about what makes me happy, particularly when I travel. Well, that led to this post! Haha! Here […]

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Why geography is important

People often ask me about what sparked my interest to travel and experience different places and cultures around the world. The answer is simple: when I was eight, my parents gave me a geographic encyclopedia. This simple act had a profound impact. Little did I know but geography would go on to play an important […]

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A little accident

You might have noticed (someone? anyone?…Haha!) that I haven’t posted anything in the past month. The reason I’ve been keeping low is because of a bicycle accident I got into on April 1st (yep, that was a lousy joke!). Here’s the story: The ‘little accident’ I was on my way back from a friend’s birthday […]

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The good news is…

While scrolling through my Facebook feed the other day, I noticed a post by my good friend Yvonne: “The Day of Good News“; and I thought, “What an awesome idea!”. Many of us had a challenging 2016, compounded by a stream of terrorist attacks around the world, the deaths of some of our most cherished […]

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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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A celebration of friendships

The greatest gift of life is friendship, and I have received it. – Hubert H. Humphrey I truly have. I feel really blessed when I think of the many friends I have, like my childhood friends, Allan and Eugene, whom I grew up with. Though we live in three different corners of the world, our […]

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Luxury Myanmar river cruise – and the art of giving back

I met Janice and George Mucalov, two travel writers, on an Alaska cruise in 2011 and we’ve stayed in touch ever since, following each other’s travels via social media. Janice, George and I enjoy travelling in the same manner, i.e. comfortably, or rather… the ‘velvet’ way, so when Janice approached me with an idea for […]

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My thoughts on MH17

“Keith, wake up!” I opened my eyes and looked around in a daze. My partner broke the news to me: a Malaysia Airlines plane en-route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur had been downed in eastern Ukraine, presumably by a missile. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. Was this a bad dream? I reached out […]

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A new dawn, a new day, a new year!

And, I’m feelin’ soooooo good! 🙂 As I welcome the first dawn of the new year, I can’t help but look back at 2013. It was an amazing year for me in many respects. 30-odd trips across six continents, visiting the most extraordinary places, meeting inspiring people, making new friends, speaking at events around the […]

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