Sleepless in Ginza

No city is capable of such sensational physical and emotional metastasis quite as Tokyo can. The city seems to come alive with every inch of vanishing daylight, abuzz with locals and tourists, businessmen and schoolgirls alike. Tokyo’s signature of sleepless chaos by night is just as keenly felt as its organised serenity by day. To…

Savouring Tokyo – The Slow Way

Tokyo. If there is one word synonymous with global metropolis, bustling trade, ancient cultures, avant-garde robotics, or perhaps Lost in Translation, Tokyo would undoubtedly take the crown. But, slow? Working in a Japanese bank and having studied the language briefly in my formative years, I was always destined to set foot in the Land of…

A Journey Down Shanghai’s Memory Lane

Out of the corner of my eye I caught a commotion, the clumsy shuffling of heavy white tassel, the outstretched hand of a tuxedoed man, and the frantic flashes from a camera crew less than ten feet away. I was momentarily disoriented. I wondered who would have been more peeved: the lady in white, who…

How Do I Unlove You Now?

Dear You, It has been many years since our first encounter. If first impressions are anything to go by, I was floored by your presence. I have never before met anyone quite like you, nor has there been anyone else since. You waltzed into my life, and bowled me over with that iridescent smile of…

A Place to Call (Second) Home

The Window, The Door & The Teacup I have lost all track of time as I am sitting here, immersed in my thoughts, of nothing in particular and yet everything at once. I suppose that’s inevitable when you decide to take stock; you are quickly besieged by the unceremonious merger of thoughts from near and…

Trust – The Underpinnings of Scandinavian Happiness

For those of you whom have followed my journey through Scandinavia earlier this year, you may already have an inkling of my long-held fascination for the people of the north and their enviable way of life. What started out as a childhood adulation for all things Lego (i.e. Denmark’s gift to the world) has grown to…

The Unlikely Horse Whisperer

Heeding my own advice from 6 Ways to Beat Post-Travel Blues, my husband and I finally embarked upon our long-awaited horse riding excursion at Megalong Valley Farm in the hinterlands of Sydney. Situated a stone’s throw away from one of my favourite hideaways in Sydney (i.e. the quintessential Blue Mountains), the charms of the mountains…

Romance on the Road – Why It’s Easy & Why It Never Lasts

For the post published on Thought Catalog, click here. When you think of travelling, do you think of romance? Not the heady heights of a booze-infused orgy, of course, but the kind that sweeps you off your feet with its inexplicable intensity. The kind that sends electric flutters up and down your spine. The kind of…

6 Ways to Beat Post-Travel Blues 

An abridged version of this post appears in Thought Catalog, click here. It has been all of three weeks since my escapade in Europe has come to a close. Since then, it has been an agonising three weeks of endless corporate drudgery, interspersed with wistful reminiscences and reveries. Whilst I have fallen back into a routine…

Taste of UK & Scandinavia – A Visual & Sensory Smorgasbord (Part II)

Disclaimer: This post has the potential to incite wanderlust, spontaneity, or worse, vertiginous heights of jealousy. Should you have a strong aversion to bedazzling European scenery, culture or people, this post will likely deepen it and you are similarly excused. Otherwise proceed with caution. *           *           *           *           * Highlights of Scandinavia Travelled with: Trafalgar…

Taste of UK & Scandinavia – A Visual & Sensory Smorgasbord (Part I)

Disclaimer: This post has the potential to incite wanderlust, spontaneity, or worse, vertiginous heights of jealousy. Should you have a strong aversion to bedazzling European scenery, culture or people, this post will likely deepen it and you are similarly excused. Otherwise proceed with caution. *           *           *           *           * Like many casual travellers of non-European…

New Zealand – A Cinematic Encounter with Nature

I am not a seasoned traveller; of this I presently concede. My most leisurely moments are spent immersed in films and books, wherein I have traversed the full expanse of the lush countryside of England to the treacherous terrains of the American wilderness. My recent expedition to New Zealand, however, represents a cinematic encounter of…