Budapest: Opulence, Flags and Pinball

In Guangzhou, a city of several million people I barely heard a police or ambulance siren. Two days in Budapest finds me near deafened by them. The cities Chinese restaurants are fantastic and their proprietors are somewhat surprised when I greet them with a ‘Ni Hao.’ By contrast to Warsaw, Budapest’s Chinese diaspora outnumbers the Vietnamese […]

Helsinki: A Correlation of Worlds (between Finlandia and the Antipodes)

There is no doubt there is a clear delineation between my formative years in New Zealand and Finland. Both are known as clean, green destinations. Both are sparsely populated, both have risen from relative global slumber to be desired liveable countries and both now command a good degree of personal wealth to be able to […]

Guangzhou: Coffee by Design

SIGNLESS COFFEE Nanchao Xin Jie, Qiyi Lu, Yuexiu District. Coffee: Latte Guangzhou is really embracing the concept of the cool cafe with great flair and equally cool design. Here are a few that I’ve come across, some which are – at the time of writing – brand new. How anyone stumbles across this one is […]

Guangzhou: Bread and Bakery

QIU JI CAKE Wushan Lu, Tianhe District. When travelling you have several friends in this world: the internet, a translation app, a plug or adaptor, the library and last but certainly not least the bakery. In the latter instance it can be tricky to find a really good loaf especially in a country like China […]

Guangzhou: Which Pizzeria?

PIZZA HUT District: Zhujiang New Town and Kecun to name two. Pizza: Did not try The decor is nice but apart from that this is probably the worst place to go for pizza. Oh the irony, not even a Pepperoni (well a real one anyway) on the menu and who puts corn on a pizza […]

Guangzhou: Adventures in the Fog Delta

It’s said that the fog in London can be thick as pea soup though I reckon the Pearl River Delta can give it a run for its money. March is the doldrums for weather in Guangzhou. Pulling the curtains back each day reveals a white canvas enveloping much of the terrain before me. Only once […]

A Chinese Restaurant with No Rice

Yes.. you read that right. Allow me to explain. The other day I was out and decided on lunch at a classy eatery. It’s a little nippy outside – when you live in 35 degree heat for most of the year 19 feels cold – so although I had that horrible feeling I should move […]