Angkor Wat & Bayon: Re-Cycling Ancient History

If only such timelessness applied to emotions, which are as permanent or as fleeting, as certain or as unpredictable as the ever-changing luminescence of its owners. But that is what being human is – for nothing is permanent, except the present moment. And at that moment I was smiling and at peace. The first time…

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Hoi An: A Place For Dialling Back

Vietnam’s answer to fast-paced development, traffic madness and growing number of high rises in cities such as Saigon is Hoi An Ancient Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1999. A former trading port, Hoi An boasts of some of the finest and well-preserved buildings dating back to the 15th century, displaying architectural influences of both…

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Leave Me To The Sharks Please

I wished there were signals underwater for me to tell you that I have encountered far more dangerous creatures on dry land, and they all bore sharper teeth, and had bloodier mouths and pricklier tongues, so this is considered mild. As a child, the word “shark” evoked only images of deadly sharp teeth and a…

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Bonding In Phi Phi

Grateful for the chance to revisit here. Some things never change. The boat, the people, the equipment perhaps, but the blazing sun, the salty smell of the sea, the welcomed cool sea breezes and the blueness of the warm waters remained untouched by time. The last time I was in Phuket was 25 years ago,…

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Bringing Out The Buddhist In Me

Bhutan is not called the “Land of the Thunder Dragon” for nothing. Corny as this may sound, simply being in Bhutan can invoke that fire for change in you – not for the pursuit of wealth or ego, but for personal transformation and mindful serenity, so that you may feel your own thunder from deep…

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Honestly – Just Because It’s Time

This is my version of a gratitude journal – a space to express appreciation for the diversity of Nature and my pursuit of all things beautiful down in the waters and up in the hills. Where do I begin to tell you how I ended up here. It’s an extremely long story which would make…

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