Travel notes

When I’m travelling, I often feel like I’m playing catch up. Especially if I’m in a fascinating place such as Istanbul where there’s always something to be discovered and re-discovered (if you’ve been there before). Take the shimmering domes in the horizon as the sun rises, the heady mix of spices in the bazaar, the touch…

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Tea notes in China: Lijiang and Hangzhou

Centuries ago, weary tea and horse traders travelling along the Ancient Tea-Horse Road 茶马古道 passed through Lijiang en-route to or from Shangri-la. Bricks of pu-erh tea 普洱茶 were bartered for Tibetan horses amongst the merchants. It was in Lijiang, which is in China’s Yunnan province, where my budding love affair with Chinese tea started. The year was 2008 and you can read…

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When I grow up, I want to be…

“A detective so that I can solve crimes and catch the bad guys.” This was my first childhood ambition. I was probably influenced by the television shows that I watched, such as Pink Panther, Matlock and countless Hong Kong detective dramas which often involved plenty of chasing and fighting. I imagined ambushing the criminals from behind a corner…

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Room with a view

Guess where this photo was taken? This is the rooftop of The Gritti Palace in Venice and is normally not accessible to the public. But if you happen to afford the Redentore Terrazza Suite, which costs over US$15,000 a night, you could have all of this 250-square metre rooftop terrace to yourself, as well as the…

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