Life behind the railway, beauty within the slum

I had the privilege to work in a place whose existence the majority of people prefers to ignore. A place where people walk by the same way they cross a…


A map of flavours (I) – Southeast Asia

If there is a universal language, I’d like to think it’s the appreciation of good food. Asia is nothing if not famed for her abundance and diversity of…


Osaka, a darker approach to Japan

It’s very very early in Namba Station. My legs are rustling after a seven hour incarceration in a night bus. It’s the only option to cross Japan on a…


South Korea, when modernity still surprises you

It’s a marvelous thing to feel a cold breeze after six months in Southeast Asia. The idyllic warm and sunny paradise vacations soon become a burden for most…


West Kalimantan, the place that time forgot

The warm Pontianak air hit me with a hard, humid slap. Touts jostled for attention at Bandara Supadio, vying for my money. I flew in from Kuching, my home city…


They used to call me Pineapple

There are several ways of travelling and scarce ways of remaining in a nation’s conscience. But I did for more than 45 years. Here’s my story. They used…


Laos, a country with two surfaces

Laos is beautiful on its surface. There is a very calm atmosphere that surrounds the country. The old capital cities of Vientiane and Luang Prabang don’t…