Category 'Asia'

Surviving Vietnam Scams

In the lovely land of Vietnam, scams are rife and always lingering at the forefront of any traveller’s mind. Well, any traveller who’s done their research. Ting and I decided to head to Ho Chi Minh City for a short jaunt during September’s Moon Festival, which landed us both with four days off work. Being a fairly well-seasoned traveller and a sceptical soul anyway, I figured that we wouldn’t fall victim to any Vietnam scams, especially in such a short…
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Scrumptious Summer Eats

Now before I get started, I have to warn you: there are no pictures of refreshing fruit salads, leafy greens spritzed with lemon juice, nor anything else that you may typically associate with summer. The title of this post merely refers to the fact that I ate the food that shall shortly follow in summer. It’s not summer food in the sense that it’s been inspired by a season. And if it were, well, I’d be late in on the…
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Thirty Before Thirty

I’m not particularly good at setting goals. Well, actually that’s a lie. I’m good at setting them. I’m not particularly good at achieving those goals, even if it’s something relatively easy like, “go to the gym twelve times this month”, “wait for the bus to work instead of taking a taxi to avoid the crowds of people”, and “don’t eat Pizza Hut or KFC this week”. Yet,there’s one goal I’ve had since I was in my late teens, and that…
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Life In Seat 1A

Remember that time when I waxed lyrical about flying in EVA Air’s Elite class? Yes? I talked about things like flowers in the bathroom and actual cutlery? No? Well, here’s the link in case you need to refresh your memory or, well, read it for the first time. I absolutely loved those couple of flights from Taipei to Bangkok, but something has come along and completely blown them out of the water: business class.   Oh yes. Business is the…
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The Dog Days Aren’t Over

The media always paints a rosy picture of owning a dog. A canine bounding over to its owner, tail wagging, all joy and slobbery kisses. Or an adorable puppy that has completely unravelled your delightfully soft toilet roll, but the puppy is so damn cute that you can’t be mad at it for wasting your overpriced butt wipes. Or the dog that dutifully follows you while you hike through fields and meadows, not getting at all distracted by things like…
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The Macau Casino Survival Guide

The first time I ever went in a casino was in Macau. Or, at least I think it was. It’s the first one I remember. I may have been to one in Newcastle before, whilst drunk and swooning over a fine hunk of heterosexual homo sapiens called Max,  but I really don’t recall whether or not that actually happened. Plus I haven’t talked to Max in years, and it’d be awkward to open with, “hey Max, remember that time we…
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On This Travel Blogging Thing

I’ve been writing this blog since way back in September 2010, which is now almost five years ago. Half a decade. When Yazhou was still a puppy and I was, well, still teaching English. OK so not much has changed on that last point, but a lot of other things have changed in the meantime. Like the country I teach English in, for example, and the fact that I now have a nephew as well as a niece, and my…
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All The Delicious Things I Ate In April-i

Work, take care of dogs. Work, meet friends, research dog problems. That’s pretty much been my life lately, but I’m not complaining. I have some great things coming up in the next couple of months, which you’d know if you’d signed up to my monthly newsletter (look to the right hand side, hint hint), and life here in Taipei is plodding along nicely, if a bit more damply than before, thanks to the increase in temperature. Also, I’ve been eating…
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Exploring Manka: Taipei Walking Tours

As a blogger who occasionally travels and then writes about things, I get a fair few emails in my inbox from people and companies who are looking to work with me. Some of them make sense, like Hostelbookers and Detours and I end up working with those companies. Some make sense but the timing is all wrong. Some are just plain ludicrous, like family campsites, irrelevant infographics, or requests for reviewing menstrual cups. OK so that last one didn’t happen,…
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The Hottie That I Wouldn’t Call Again

Everyone has been on one of those dates before, right? It’s the date you can’t believe you’re going on in the first place, because it’s with somebody so ridiculously beautiful that you’re almost convinced that there are hidden cameras somewhere, or that it’s with somebody who you were a little mean to in primary school who never got over it, blossomed into a total babe/studmuffin, and then spent their entire adolescence and first ten years of adulthood plotting an elaborate…
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