MOVEMBER: HALF WAY PUSH

It’s half way in ‪#‎MOvember‬ guys. This is not about looking like a dick with a mustache, although quite clearly, I do. This is about raising awareness and money for diseases such as cancer, and let’s be honest, we all know someone…

Introducing: I Have Lived Today

With a little over 6 months before I plan to publish my debut novel, working title, ‘I Have Lived Today,’ I thought it was time to tell you a little about it and the process of its creation. Last November…

Fighting The Ugly Fight In Movember 2013

You guys may think it’s November. You’re wrong!! It’s MOvember, which means it’s time to grow out your mustache and help raise awareness of men’s health issues around the world. That’s what I’m doing. It’s Day 7, and despite looking…

Oh India, What Are You Like?

Wow!! That was an exhausting 6 weeks in India. During our time in Thailand, Leslie and I spent many hours over beers at Mr. Poong’s Bar discussing our next adventure. We deliberated long and hard between Burma and India, and…

Some Things Do Last Forever

Rising strong and proud above the distant dusty plains and Jodhpur’s blue roofs below, Mehrangarh Fort is the epitome of permanence. The ruler who built the fort, Jodha of Mandore, knew how to build! For almost 600 years, enormous immovable exteriors…

His Holiness The Dalai Lama

Anybody that knows anything about me will know that I’m not a very spiritual person, or at least in the traditional sense of the word. I’m a strong willed atheist, I don’t believe in horoscopes and the zodiac, Feng Shui…

Himalaya Trek: Mcleodganj

Tibetan prayer flags flutter colorfully on a light breeze, while an eerie mist shrouds the trail as we leave behind the bustling main square of Mcleod Ganj. It’s the beginning of a two day, one night trek high into the…

Capture The Colour 2013 Competition Entry

Hi guys. After much deliberation I’ve finally selected my five images for this year’s ‘Capture The Colour 2013’ Photo competition staged by Travel Supermarket. I was kindly nominated by the inspirational Terri and James of Gallivance world fame…thanks again, guys…and in turn…

Agra: A Tale Of Two Cities

Most places we live in or travel to have different sides to them, like an old coin, one side shiny, the other worn and grimy. But never during all my adventures has this been more evident than in the city…

Varanasi: Images and Adjectives

Varanasi, despite its status as India’s holiest city, shares one other less desirable distinction, at least in my opinion; it is almost certainly its filthiest, which in the world’s filthiest country is quite an accolade.  Nevertheless, it remains a city…

Photo Competition Heads Up

Hi guys, just a quick post before I leave Darjeeling on an 18 hour journey to Varanasi. I’m a very amateur photographer. In fact, I’m not even a photographer at all…but I do love to take photos…a lot. The lovely…

Kolkata: City of Color Part II

Our arrival in Kolkata didn’t go well. The flight from Bangkok arrived after midnight, and a big Indian city is not the best place to start searching for a hotel in the wee hours. So we pre-booked our first night,…

Kolkata: City of Color Part I

As our amazing 4 month stay on Koh Yao Noi came to an end, it was with an equal mix of sadness and excitement that Leslie and I headed off for our flight to Kolkata. Thailand was the perfect place to…

The Tacos Are Dead, Long Live The Tacos

With very little spare time today due to our packing up and preparing for India, I’m taking a quick stroll down memory lane. After a heavy partying weekend in Seoul in early Spring 2011, what better way to finish up…

Philosophy by Mr. Poong

We’ve met some great characters during our time here on Koh Yao Noi, but without a doubt our favorite is Mr. Poong. Aside from our hammocks and the beach, the place we seem to spend most of our time is…

Thailand 3 Month Anniversary…So What’s Next?

Today marks the 3 month anniversary of Leslie and I moving from Korea to Koh Yao Noi, Thailand. And what better way to celebrate, than an afternoon at our favorite spot on the island, Had Yao Beach, followed by chilled…

Advice Please, RE: Hiking Around Rishikesh

Good evening all. Just a quick post here, and it’s somewhat of an appeal to the hikers and trekkers among you. In approximately 5 weeks I’ll arrive in Rishikesh, India, and I can’t tell you how excited I am. Leslie will…

Fund Raiser: Remembering Oscar

Most of us will be affected by cancer in our lifetimes, either directly or by someone we love. Please take a moment to read my friend’s appeal below, and if you can spare a few pounds, dollars, won, baht or…

India Is Her Name

In honor of my more than exciting upcoming return to India, I want to share with you a poem (very amateur) I wrote many years ago, along with a few images. Okay, so I’m no Keats, but perhaps it demonstrates…

Shamed By A Burning Monk

On June 11th 1963, Buddhist monk Thich Quang Duc killed himself on a road in Saigon. Why? To protest the persecution of the Buddhists by the South Vietnamese Diệm government. How? He burned himself…to death. Duc self immolated for religious equality. Hundreds, even…

Soundtracks of Nostalgia

I’m lucky enough to have quite a nice green view from my kitchen window, and when I cook, I like to listen to music. The view is pretty jungley. (Well, it is Thailand) So, can you guess what song came…

Khmer, There’s More

For a wannabe Indiana Jones like myself, to escape the hordes of Angkor Wat and get lost among some of the other magnificent ruins in the Archaeological Park is what makes the area so special. In my previous post about…

Angkor Wat, Sublime Wonder

Few places in the world fire the adventurous spirit like Angkor Wat. And have no doubt, it more than deserves its billing as one of the finest man-made structures on the planet. But it rarely makes any man-made wonders of…

Aliens Survive Visa Run Car Crash

With the 30 posts in 30 days 2013 blogathon now a thing of the past, I’m back to posting after an eventful 10 day visa run to Cambodia. Now, I consider myself quite a well seasoned traveler, with almost 50…

2013 Blogathon Success. THANKS.

June 30th marked the finale of the 2013 Wordcount Blogathon, where you were inundated by a barrage of posts to your inbox or via Facebook. The idea: blog 30 times in 30 days. The purpose: reach out to as many…

My Girlfriend is Crazy.

Excuse the brevity, but my significant other Leslie Spontaneous Patrick has just surprised the flip flops off me. We were gate crashing a very fancy resort, just 3 miles from our house on Yao Noi, for a few hours. We’re…

Untold Tales 5: Untamed Iguazu, Argentina

Exhausted after a sleep deprived 24 hour bus ride from Buenos Aires, then hiking through skin melting, breath stealing humidity whilst keeping my eyes peeled for deadly snakes, hungry jaguars and snapping alligators, I almost forgot my real reason for…

On the Trail of the Incas

Many years ago I sat watching TV, when a place I’d never seen before hit the screen. I’d no idea where the mystical ruins were, or what they were called, but I decided in that moment that I had to…