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 […]

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 […]

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: 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?). Though far from the centre 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 of the Accor group […]

Why Do People Love Hong Kong?

CAUTION: Contains serious British whinging and controversial bits!  Hong Kong calls itself Asia’s world city so why is it an urban nightmare dressed in grey? Every time I venture there it is overcast, and either misty or drizzly coupled with humidity or damp. Yet I appear to be the only one who isn’t celebrating the place. […]

Hong Kong: Naked technology at Le Meridien Cyberport

For a moment it nearly doesn’t happen. I’m a minute late when I stumble across the shuttle bus that will take me to Le Meridien’s Cyberport, located on the south west of Hong Kong island. It’s an area that’s unfamiliar to me. The last time I was in Hong Kong (save a few airport interludes) […]

Kuala Lumpur: Taking a bite of KL’s boutique Apple Hotel

Arriving in cities you don’t know in the dark can be a tricky process. Fortunately I am relieved to find my hotel is closer to the monorail station than the map portrays. It’s been a tumultuous time in Bangkok with the threat of floods so I’ve escaped for a few days for my first visit […]

Shenzhen-Taipei: A Shift in the Weather

So I was being forced from the city I love due to a change in visa rules. Having renewed said visa in HK  I get back home to Shenzhen to find that it was all a waste of time and money as the Chinese have decided to shift the goalposts. Understandable in many ways but […]