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Matador Network’s ‘Travel Therapy’ Photo Essay

I received some great news today. A photo taken by me during one of my trips to Bali won a prize at Matador Network‘s ‘Travel Therapy’ photo essay contest! It’s the first time a photo of mine has won anything so, as you can imagine, I’m thrilled to bits! 🙂 This is the winning photo […]

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velvet escape’s Culinary Journey: Whitsunday islands

What: Green tree ant Where: Whitsunday islands (Queensland, Australia) Note: I got the unique opportunity to taste a green tree ant during a bushwalk on one of the Whitsunday islands. Our guide took us on a walk around the island to get acquainted with the vegetation and to show us how the Aboriginals utilised the […]

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A little piece of heaven

A little piece of heaven (a page from my Travel Journal) I remember a quote by the late Pavarotti (bless his soul) when he first visited Pangkor Laut, an upscale resort in Malaysia. He said that when he saw the island, he wept because it was so beautiful – obviously, the resort uses that quote […]

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The exotic isle of Zanzibar

Zanzibar is a jewel in the Indian Ocean just off the coast of the Tanzanian mainland. This archipelago boasts dreamy white sandy beaches, a green tropical interior and spice plantations that centuries ago made these islands a magnet for traders from both East and West. Zanzibar is an archipelago, of which the largest island, Unguja, […]

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Fabulous sunsets

It’s my favourite time of the day: when the sun sets and the ensuing twilight. A dazzling display of colour, then a serene interlude before the darkness sets in. Wherever I am, I always make it a point to stop for a moment if the weather is good and enjoy the sunset. They never cease […]

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Getting over my ‘Jaws’ complex

Getting over my ‘Jaws’ complex (a page from my Travel Journal) I’ve just spent several days on Pulau (island) Lang Tengah where I stayed at the D’Coconut Lagoon Resort. Lang Tengah is a small island in the Malaysian state of Terengganu, off peninsular Malaysia’s east coast, a 45-minute boat ride from the hamlet of Merang on […]

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Enchanting spots: Whitehaven Beach

Whitehaven Beach is a stunning stretch of pure white sand on the Whitsunday Islands, just off the coast of Queensland, Australia. The Whitsundays are often touted as some of the most beautiful islands in the world and I wouldn’t disagree. Pristine white sandy beaches line the islands whilst the jungle-clad interior is home to unique […]

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Spotlight: East Malaysia

East Malaysia comprises the two states of Sabah and Sarawak on the island of Borneo. The region boasts some of the most diverse flora and fauna in the world, top-notch diving spots, stunning beaches, a fascinating history involving headhunters and white kings, breathtaking landscapes and atmospheric towns. A wide network of air, bus and boat […]

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Spotlight: St. Lucia

  This stunning island in the Eastern Caribbean boasts a verdant, mountainous interior and gorgeous palm-fringed beaches. This island nation is also home to the Pitons, probably the most iconic natural landmark in the Eastern Caribbean. These majestic twin mountains are the island’s major attraction but there’s a lot more for the visitor to discover. […]

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velvet escape’s ‘Stayed There’ feature: Sofitel Motu Bora Bora

The new velvet escape’s ‘Stayed There’ feature is a series of reviews of hotels and resorts I’ve stayed at. They’re being featured on this blog because… well, they’re amazing (for a variety of reasons) and scored well on the jaw-dropping scale. 🙂 The very first ‘Stayed There’ feature is Sofitel Motu Bora Bora. This small-scale […]

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