Guangzhou: Monsoon Kisses and the Magic of Dongshan

The summer in Guangzhou can be brutal: hot, bright, humid. Thus I find myself in the unusual preference for the spectacular rain, thunder and lightning that is thankfully a regular occurrence in this part of the world. Why? Well for a start it makes things bearable, just that touch cooler and best of all with […]

Shenzhen: Swiftly Surging Skyward

Two years after a change in visa rules forced my departure, I return for a 24 hour look at China’s fourth city and my favourite so far. At the risk of sounding pompous, if it is possible to have a love affair with a city other than Paris and my own capital Cardiff, Shenzhen is […]

Back to the Red Abyss

Two days, a plane, several buses, 2 tube trains and a high speed rail. All of this for a sticker in my passport! If not for that I could have flown it (Taipei to GZ) in a couple of hours. None the less I am back in China and the people are as warm and […]

Where in the World?

As it’s my 50th blog, it seemed a good time to assess where I’ve been and my wish list of things to come… So far I have been very fortunate to venture far and wide. I never take anything for granted and remain grateful for all I’ve seen. However, at the risk of sounding blasé, […]

Bangkok: Bladerunner by Daylight

*This started life as an article, then became the beginning of a new book. I am still undecided on its future. I was not seeking the backdrop to a dystopian nightmare vision of the future, but I found it in Bangkok. From the outset it was evident: the all encompassing heat – like a hot […]

Taipei’s classy eateries for budget nomads

Being a freelance writer and creative is great save the infrequent and often low salary. This means I am reliant on searching out cheap eats, other than just McDonald’s which contrary to negative press are useful, the 7-11 and street eats which range from chicken to ‘god knows what on a stick’ as one of […]

Bangkok: Ibis Sathorn

My first interlude at the Ibis was in Paris in autumn, 1995 (doesn’t that sound romantic?). It was not in the centre of town but it was, dare I say it, affordable and in that genre, you can’t beat the Ibis. It does its job impeccably well which is thankfully why it’s still here. Part […]