Restoran Peranakan, Malacca, Jonker Street

Malacca Food: Restoran Peranakan

Feb 26th, 2013 Featured, On Travel incoherentboy 5 min read

I just spent the weekend in Malacca – former Portugese, Dutch and British colony, host to a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the historic city centre of Jonker Street and repository of some of the most unique and colourful culture in the Straits of Malacca. So of course, I spent my two days there stuffing my face.

Belfast: Giant’s Causeway

Jan 6th, 2013 Featured, On Travel incoherentboy 6 min read

There are different variations on the tale of the Giant’s Causeway, but they all share one thing in common: the much beloved Irish giant Finn McCool. One version has it that he was insulted by the Scottish giant Benandonner from across the Irish sea. Enraged by the subsequent quarrel, Finn began lifting giant pieces of earth and throwing them into the sea to form a pathway for him to cross over for a showdown.

Fez, Morocco

Morocco: The Tanneries of Fez

Sep 27th, 2012 Featured, On Travel incoherentboy 8 min read

The hustler on the motorbike was getting impatient. He had seen us circling around in our car, and offered to lead us to a parking spot for free, claiming that we were going in the wrong direction. He claimed to be a licensed tourist guide, and I made the mistake of believing him. But he was leading us further and further away from where we wanted to go, and we were getting a distinctly dodgy feeling about the whole thing. So I followed my friend Ding’s advice to stop following him. But he wasn’t one to give up easily, and followed us for more than a kilometre.

Bethlehem, Israel

O, Little Town Of Bethlehem

Sep 25th, 2012 Featured, On Travel incoherentboy 11 min read

Circa 2010: As I walked through the Church of the Nativity, originally built in 327 AD over the traditional birthplace of Christ in Bethlehem, the old Christmas song kept playing in my head: O little town of Bethlehem/How still we see thee lie..The hopes and fears of all the years/are met in thee tonight.  Every now and then, I would stop and read silently from my…

Volubilis, Morocco

Morocco: The Ruins Of Volubilis

Aug 29th, 2012 Featured, On Travel incoherentboy 6 min read

Located near the Moroccan town of Meknes, halfway between Rabat and Fez, the abandoned Roman town of Volubilis is marked out by startlingly beautiful, and incredibly well-preserved, mosaics. I visited Volubilis back in April, and the experience was well worth it.

The gardens and houseboats of Srinagar

Jun 27th, 2012 Featured, On Travel incoherentboy 6 min read

In 2009, after I had visited Ladakh, I moved on to another city in Kashmir that has sometimes been called the Venice of the East: Srinagar. The city is famous for three things: floating gardens, houseboats and the ever-present threat of violence. The latter is evidenced by the constant presence of armed police and soldiers, and the fact that security checks before you can even…