EBC Trek Day 2: Phakding to Monjo

The sound of chirping birds and the Dudh Koshi river's tumbling water woke us up after a good night's sleep. The second day of our Mount Everest Base Camp Trek has started and will bring us from Phakding to Monjo. We decided against hiking all the way up in one day from Phakding to Namche as I was a bit worried

A beach holiday on Boracay

The Philippines is a fascinating country – an archipelago consisting of over seven thousand islands. The main starting point is the capital Manila – a bustling, thriving city that somehow manages to blend a modern business environment with the chaos and confusion that seems to define the streets of many asian cities. The island of the Philippines are not particularly easy to get to – it takes time, flights, ferries, and…

The expat lifestyle of Manila

Being an expat isn’t easy. You are away from your family and friends for extended periods of time. You are thrown into a new city, a new environment, and you are expected to work hard. It is not a lifestyle that appeals to everyone, but it can be an exciting an adventure. I was recently in Manila visiting some friends from Australia who had been posted to a job in the Philippines for 12 months. Although they are now enjoying it immensely…

Getting a local experience during travel

1 Dad, 1 Kid, 1 Crazy Adventure One of the best experiences one can have while traveling is spending time with locals. A local experience helps you get to know a place more deeply. If you’re like me and really enjoy sampling regional cuisine, again a local is going to be your best source of info. But it isn’t always easy to connect with a local. And not everyone feels comfortable doing something like Couchsurfing, …

Luxury Mount Everest Base Camp Trek

After my Inca Trail Trek last year, the Mount Everest Base Camp Trek appeared to be a logical next step. Obviously I knew that this trek is one among the most beautiful ones in the world; however at the same time also one among the most challenging. This didn't scare me off but what did worry me …

Asia Dream

Asia DreamSultry breezes, beautiful dawn and sunsets, colorful traditions, coconuts and exotic tropical fruit Sultry breezes, beautiful dawn and sunsets, colorful traditions, coconuts and exotic tropical fruit.. life in Asia is like a dream now. The gratifying parts of Southeast Asia, China, 3 Malaysian cultures, Bhutan, festivals, TCM and Chinese culture as well as the negative parts, like the endless equitorial heat, Dengue and toxic fogging, wild traffic, bus adventures, pollution, rats and food issues all seem almost like a distant memory now. It is amazing how quickly one adapts to …

The Great Wall of Mumbai in photos.

A wall is a continuous vertical brick or stone structure that encloses or divides an area of land. A wall can be used to divide us, create a border, constrain us or in some cases to keep us from harms way. There are many famous walls, the Great Wall of China, the Berlin Wall, the West Bank Barrier.  In a more intimate level though they are all around us and many …