Three days in unforgettable Lebanon: Politics, history and natural wonders

“Bonjoureen”. That’s a double “hello” from Beirut, where the Arabic language fuses with French in the most wonderful way. Lebanon’s capital city, home to roughly two million people, is loud and proud – a place where you must speak up to be heard. Since its independence from France in 1943, the small country, which sits at … More Three days in unforgettable Lebanon: Politics, history and natural wonders

The Khmer Rouge massacred 12 members of her family. This is what she did next

Hong was 25 years old when 12 members of her family were killed by the Khmer Rouge in 1977. Like many of the two million Cambodians massacred by the brutal Marxist regime in the late 1970s, her family was duped into believing they were being moved to a better village. Instead, they were stripped of … More The Khmer Rouge massacred 12 members of her family. This is what she did next

Lakes, mountains and seals: A perfect slice of New Zealand

‘It’s a great wine. I’d sit down and have a glass with you if I could.’ From the moment a smiling Air New Zealand flight attendant uttered those words and handed me a glass of crisp Sauvignon Blanc, I knew this was a place I was going to like. As my three-hour flight from Sydney … More Lakes, mountains and seals: A perfect slice of New Zealand

Rice paddies and pancakes: Indonesia does them best

I spent a few days in Ubud, the culture capital of Bali, where I learned about some of the amazing sculptures, paintings, jewellery and clothes that are created in the region. I also watched a traditional gamelan performance and Balinese dance show. But my highlight was taking some time out to get fresh air on … More Rice paddies and pancakes: Indonesia does them best

Sweet smells, sunset and smiles: Two days in Bali’s Seminyak

Small palm-leaf baskets delicately filled with flowers and burning incense sticks placed outside homes, businesses and even on top of stationary scooters, give Bali the sweetest smell. The Canang Sari, one of the daily offerings made by Balinese Hindus, brings a touch of beauty to even the most chaotic, litter strewn streets as scooters piled … More Sweet smells, sunset and smiles: Two days in Bali’s Seminyak