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First Day: Wrong Hotel and Still No Cash…

Revamping some old stories from West Africa, with a hint of nostalgia and wanderlust. The African adventure happened in 2010/2011, after my Asia and Indochina tour. 

Africa is expensive and now I am relying on a volunteer nurse for one week-long trip to Dakar, Senegal, after spending few days in Banjul, the Gambia. My Taiwanese friend, Joyce, had to borrow 1,000 USD to pay for the airplane tickets, hotel and pocket-money. At Christmas time the banks are closed, and the travel agency doesn’t accept credit cards…

We flight at mid-night and so the adventure began. Read More

Revamping some old stories from West Africa, with a hint of nostalgia and wanderlust. The African adventure happened in 2010/2011, after my Asia and Indochina tour. 

After a short break in Bangkok coming from Cambodia, I started my long trip to West Africa: 40 hours!

The Flight

Bangkok to Cairo: 10 hours, Cairo to Lagos (Nigeria): 5 hours. In Lagos I was supposed to wait for 8 hours for my next connection to Accra (Ghana). In reality I was waiting for 11 hours for the Nigerian Airlines airplane to come. At least, after I surrounded my passport, I was allowed to use the business lounge – food and drinks for free. Once the lounge was empty and music from Asha was playing, the waitresses started to dance! Read More

The Future of Travel Media

More than 600 travel bloggers, writers, podcasters, videographers and photographers from around the world attended the TBEX (Travel Blog Exchange) conference in Bangkok at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre, 15 – 17 October 2015.

“The best blogging community are the travel bloggers because they’re very, very happy.” – Anton Diaz

TBEX Asia 2015 was organized by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) and Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA).

The conference was sponsored by Thai Airways, Turkish Airlines, Agoda, Viator and others.

Starting with the sessions, workshops and keynotes, and ending with the parties, the TBEX was a big success. Read More

“Photography has always been about documentary, the depiction of the instant, a moment, sometimes a place. Each project is somehow an experimentation of a specific context or a character.” – Hedi Slimane

Part of Scott Kelby’s Worldwide Photo Walk, the Bangkok Photo Walk took place on October 3rd around the Hua Lamphong Train Station area. The purpose of the walk was to document the life in the Soi’s of Bangkok and to enter the Scott Kelby’s competition. Read More

“The Fine City”

The nickname for Singapore, “The Fine City”, has double meaning. In order to maintain the “public order” and to protect the “fine state” of Singapore, the Government has imposed a multitude of strict laws and hefty fines.

Don’t risk being fined or worst, caned and jailed in Singapore. Besides the usual “No Smoking” or “No Littering” signs, and besides the unusual “No Jumping”, “No Riding”, “No Running”, “No Heel Shoes” and “No Umbrellas” signs – there are also weird laws in Singapore that you should be aware of. Read More

October 1st is the World Sake Day and we are celebrating!

Made from fermented rice, sake is the national beverage of Japan. Sake can be served at the room temperature, hot or cold – depending on the type of sake. With 18% – 20% alcohol, sake is not a strong drink. Easy to drink, but so easy to get drunk!

Follow my “sake” story from wonderful Japan. Read More

The Arab Quarter, Chinatown and Little India

Singapore is a diverse melting pot of cultures and races, with four official languages: English, Malay, Tamil and Mandarin.

Find Singapore’s traditional roots and enjoy the exotic sights and sounds of the Arab Quarter, Chinatown and Little India.

The Arab Quarter

Also known as Kampong Glam, the Arab Quarter is one of the most atmospheric places of old Singapore. The main attraction is the Sultan Mosque, with its golden dome. Interesting, the mosque was designed by an Irish architect and the dome base is a ring of black bottles! Read More

Marina Bay

Amazing architecture in Singapore! The place to be is Marina Bay. I spent a full day in the area, shooting like crazy under extreme heat. The heat worked towards my advantage. Besides losing some weight, most of the shooting areas were deserted of people, who took cover from sun inside the enormous shopping mall. Read More

Geylang is part two from the “Let’s Go to Singapore!” series, after a short introduction to the Lion City.

The Red Light District

From Changi airport I took the MRT train to the “Aljunied” station where I was welcomed by 14 CCTV cameras!

My two stars “Fragrance Hotel Ruby” is located in the middle of the Geylang red light district. After checking-in, I went out to explore the neighbourhood. Read More

Going to Japan?

Learn the etiquette! A Japan good manners guide for travelers comes handy and the City of Kyoto has has just released the “Akimahen of Kyoto” using smart graphics and an emoji scale of severity for misbehaving.

“In Japan, I was immensely impressed by the politeness, industrious nature and conscientiousness of the Japanese people.” – J. Paul Getty

Did you know the taxi doors in Japan are opened and closed remotely by taxi drivers?

Do you know how to use the Japanese style toilets?

Don’t ride a bicycle while drunk: US $8000 fine or 5 years in prison!

Find out more about the etiquette in Kyoto and Japan. Read More