Street Art in Malacca

Malacca, Street art

Although Penang is the street art capital of Malaysia, it’s not the country’s only place to see it, over the last few years local artists have taken to the streets of Malacca. You’ll find a surprising number of murals sprawled across facades that would otherwise look run-down and neglected. Before I continue, I should say […]

Malacca: Discovering old-world Europe in Malaysia

Malacca Old Town

Things have changed a lot since I was last here. Malacca is no longer the small, sleepy town that I remembered it to be from my childhood. It’s grown. It’s actually a city home to nearly 900,000 people. Although Malacca has expanded it still maintains an old-world charm, visiting here is to escape to a […]

Seeing the World Through a Child’s Eyes (Once Again)

Yangon, Myanmar

I believe that children, being that much less exposed to and therefore tainted by societal norms, are that much closer to real humans, as it were, and spending time with them is almost like a looking-glass to what lies within. A couple of my friends are primary school teachers and when we meet up I […]

Lesbian Legs and Hong Kong’s Romantic Skyline

Catch the Star Ferry in Hong Kong

Since it’s Valentine’s Day I thought I’d indulge in a little bit of romance. Since I’ve been in Asia the most romantic thing that’s happened to me is having Ruchi’s legs rub against me in the middle of the night. Luckily her roaming limbs are nothing new and it’s not a lesbian invite either (sorry […]

Stockholm, You’re More than Just a Pretty Face

Stockholm, Gamla Stan

I’m going to go ahead and blurt it out, I fancied you from the moment I saw your photograph. So can you imagine my surprise after I discovered your personality not only matched your looks, but surpassed them? It didn’t take long for me to realise you are so much more than just a pretty […]

Goodbye Yangon, Hello Bagan

Sunrise in Bagan

  We arrived in Bagan at the slightly earlier than expected time of 4.45am, after an overnight bus journey from Yangon. If I said I slept like a baby; that would be a lie. Before my feet even had chance to touch the ground, a bunch of Burmese men swamped around me shouting ‘taxi, taxi!’ […]

A Prelude to Yangon, Myanmar

Yangon, Myanmar

Horns beep non-stop. It’s the music of congestion and roads without rules. A barrage of open-top trucks chug past overflowing with people, young and old, men and women, babies and children. A lady with a basket of green leaves perches on the back of a vehicle and her legs dangle by the exhaust pipe. Motorbikes […]

Hiking on a volcano – The Tongariro Alpine Crossing, New Zealand

Volcano Tongariro New Zealand

This article is contributed by Marie Pottiez, the author and illustrator behind Miles of Happiness. I’ve been exploring New Zealand solo for six months, on the road from the North Island to the South. This really is a special place, true heaven for adventure seekers. I fall for this country at first sight. Who wouldn’t? […]