Journeying through Jordan’s Lost Cities: Petra and the wadi

The first draft of my story on Jordan as published by Gafencu  Long before the first Muslim dynasty arrived in Jordan, ancient civilizations built majestic cities in its dramatic terrain – from the Greco-Roman Decapolis in the north to Petra’s Nabatean kingdom of sandstone in the south When you begin the winding path through the … More Journeying through Jordan’s Lost Cities: Petra and the wadi

A Quick Guide to Cusco, Machu Picchu and beyond

Originally published as ‘Into the Inca Empire‘ on Gafencu’s September 2017 Issue Machu Picchu may have been the crowning glory of the Incan Empire, but discovering it was just the start: follow the Inca trails that lead out of it, and you will uncover countless archaeological splendours beyond, scattered over the Peruvian Andes Make sure … More A Quick Guide to Cusco, Machu Picchu and beyond

The Realities of Travelling Solo as an Asian Woman

What happened when I actually tried travelling solo The whole blogosphere is full of solo female travellers gushing about how liberating / empowering / amazing it is to go on adventures alone. But what about the downside of solo female travel? After travelling by myself or with girlfriends for a while now, I found that … More The Realities of Travelling Solo as an Asian Woman

Berlin Diaries: Day 1

Tuesday Night, 24 November [9.30pm] I land in Berlin, finally, after a three-hour layover in Moscow (all the women look like dolls! But what happened to the men…?) An airport worker pushing an elderly’s wheelchair ran over my foot, and now I’m bleeding from the ankle. Not the best start. My body goes into shock … More Berlin Diaries: Day 1

Guilin/Yangshuo from Hong Kong via bullet train from Guangzhou/Shenzhen

I’ve been dying to go on this trip since I first arrived in Hong Kong in 2011. But it had never come to fruition until this year, although the trip was much shorter than I was hoping it to be. If I were to do this again, I would give it at least 3-4 full … More Guilin/Yangshuo from Hong Kong via bullet train from Guangzhou/Shenzhen