Taking the #Coronamaison Illustration Challenge

For illustrators under self-isolation, the hashtag #coronamaison came as the perfect cathartic creative release. French illustrator Pénélope Bagieu (@PenelopeB) launched the hashtag, calling for artists to draw their perfect self-isolation setup. Naturally, I had I try one for myself! The #coronamaison challenge is based on a simple empty room with a staircase. Besides the staircase, … More Taking the #Coronamaison Illustration Challenge

Iconic Hong Kong Street Food – The Hong Kong egg waffle

The Hong Kong style egg waffle is one of the most beloved street foods that Hong Kong has to offer. It’s a simple but delicious formula: a sweet waffle batter poured into a mold of bubble-shaped cells, sandwiched in the waffle maker, then served curled up into a cone shape. They are ready to eat … More Iconic Hong Kong Street Food – The Hong Kong egg waffle

Africa Overland – An Epic Road Trip from Cape Town to Zanzibar (and Back)

This epic road trip through Africa, in a high-clearance 4×4, took myself and two companions six weeks to travel through seven African countries. The objective was to drive from Cape Town to Zanzibar island off the coast of Tanzania, and back again, an epic distance of more than 12,000kms (7,500 miles). It was a daunting … More Africa Overland – An Epic Road Trip from Cape Town to Zanzibar (and Back)

Coronavirus: Do You Cancel Your Holiday Or Not?

In two weeks, me, my wife and little toddler are flying from Melbourne to Honolulu for a 14-day holiday. As the spread of Coronavirus causes more and more travel restrictions and cases of self-isolation, we are left wondering: should we cancel our trip? The status of Hawaii and Melbourne At the time of writing, Hawaii … More Coronavirus: Do You Cancel Your Holiday Or Not?

Exploring Taipei’s artistic manhole covers

Taipei has some very cool manhole covers on the streets and sidewalks. They’re subtle, but once you start noticing them, there are some really artistic designs. They’re not as widespread or as colourful as Japan’s famous manhole cover artwork, but if you look closely you’ll find some interesting examples. The Taipei 101 manhole cover The … More Exploring Taipei’s artistic manhole covers

Japan’s Momiji Manjū – The Delicious Treat from Miyajima Island

This little maple-leaf shaped cake is called a momiji manjū, and it comes from an island in Japan called Miyajima. It is made of buckwheat and rice, with the choice of various fillings, like chocolate, red bean, matcha, or custard. They’re spongy, delicate, and delicious! Miyajima’s traditional cakes Anyone who knows the delicious Japanese street food taiyaki … More Japan’s Momiji Manjū – The Delicious Treat from Miyajima Island

Revisiting my old backpacking days: My sweaty visit to Kuching

Today, I like decent hotel rooms and charming restaurants with delicious local specialities, and splashing out some money on cool activities. Back in 2012, I was on a shoestring budget, staying in mosquito-ridden hotel dorms and eating cheap pineapple curry from local diners. My electronics didn’t work, and my bag packing skills were atrocious. When … More Revisiting my old backpacking days: My sweaty visit to Kuching

Admiring Haarlem’s Beautiful Art Nouveau Station

Haarlem Station is an under-appreciated architectural gem in The Netherlands. I was sitting on a lacquered wooden bench, a Hema coffee in one hand, and I couldn’t help admiring one of The Netherlands’ most beautiful stations. It is airy and serene, the only Art Nouveau-style station in the country, and a pleasure to travel through. … More Admiring Haarlem’s Beautiful Art Nouveau Station