When I’ve been asked where I’m from, a lot of people I’ve met have expressed their interest in visiting Hong Kong someday. Given the distance of travel from the UK to South East Asia (approximately 12-14 hours or more depending on where you are), this has been a major deterrent for those who aren’t keen on flying. Having lived there for the first 23 years of my life and visits every couple years, there are a lot that I feel my home country has to offer and I’d like to share with you, from a local’s perspective, the best parts to see. To start, I’ll be sharing where to go.
If you were offered the choice of visiting a wildlife encounter tourist attraction for a ridiculously cheap price or one which costs more, which would you choose? The only catch is the cheaper option involves animal cruelty and abuse.
This might be a shocking revelation, but all too true in many parts of the world. In all aspects of life, we can make the ethical choice and choosing a tourist attraction that rescues and rehabilitates abused animals was mine. Here is my story visiting the Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai. Continue reading “Exploring Chiang Mai, Part 3: pachyderm rescue and rehabilitation at Elephant Nature Park”
I don’t get much chance to do it these days, but when the opportunity arises, I absolutely love to travel and see the world. My sister, brother and I were very privileged growing up in that my dad wanted us to see the world, to see and learn more about other cultures and admire their history. When my sister suggested a trip with our mum to Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand, that was one trip I immediately jumped up and down and shouted ‘YES!’…out loud to my phone. Continue reading “Exploring Chiang Mai, Part 1: markets, traditional food and shopping”
They say a picture says a thousand words. I’ve not been to many classic car shows this year because other things have gotten in the way. My life has gotten quite busy for some reason and I can’t quite explain what’s changed!
We were recently at the Vintage Rally and Car Show in Selkirk and, as always, there was a huge turnout of a variety of different cars. It was great to see classic cars shown alongside wooden bicycles and mini steam trains while devouring freshly made sugared doughnuts. I’ll let the photos speak for themselves.
If you enjoy a stroll amongst beautiful blooms and other exotic plants, a nice sunny day at the Royal Botanic Garden. The garden was founded by Drs Robert Sibbald and Andrew Balfour in 1670 at Holyrood Park a scientific centre dedicated to the study of plants, their diversity and conservation, and is now a popular tourist attraction. The garden was moved from its original location in Holyrood Park to its current location in Inverleith in 1820 and extends over 70 acres of land.
At the weekend, I was invited along with other Edinburgh Bloggers to OneThink photography exhibition hosted by 6 photography students of Edinburgh Napier University at Coburg House Art Studios in Leith. The photos of the budding photographers are linked through one idea, one meaning, thus ‘OneThink’. Drawing inspiration from the poem A Light In The Attic by Shel Silverstein, each photo draws in the audience to the narrative through the clever photographic techniques used by each photographer. Continue reading “OneThink photography exhibition: opening day blogger preview”
Speaing of mindfulness, I could definitely say that throughout our recent trip to visit friends in Wales, I’d never felt more present. Every year or so, we try and make a visit to see our friends at their farm and help with the busy period of lambing season.
It’s a great opportunity for us to just stay in the countryside and live a completely different, simpler, way of life, without the distractions of living in a busy city with tasks and chores we need to keep on top of. We were more than happy to muck in and help out with farm chores, feeding lambs, sheep and cattle as well as cooking and homework with the children when they got home from school.
A big fan of his street art, when I saw an article for Banksy’s Dismaland which also features work of 50 other hand-selected artists by the big man himself, I knew I couldn’t miss this opportunity to see it…even if it meant making the 788 mile return journey. Making preparations at short notice, my friend and I were ready to make the drive down the M6 then the M5 to North Somerset to see the grand scale exhibition that caused their original ticketing site to crash on the first day and tickets to sell out within 10 minutes of being released on their new site.
As a huuuuge fan of Shaun the Sheep in Wallace and Gromit: The Wrong Trousers when my sister and I continuously watched re-runs of TV episodes on TV and then on DVD, I couldn’t help but book our tickets online to visit the Wallace and Gromit store at The Mall in Cribbs Causeway before heading to the big Shaun in the City tent near the carpark.
The last leg of the journey around the UK was meeting up with our primary school friend (one of the 4 in our close knit group of friends) in London. We managed to visit quite a few of the usual tourist-y sites like the London Eye, Westminster Abby, Houses of Parliament, Covent Garden, Buckingham Palace and Harrods to name a few.
I was excited to go to Chinatown, not because I’m that eager to be amongst other Chinese people, but because I was able to get a decent priced, authentic Chinese meal of rice with roast duck that just doesn’t exist in Edinburgh! Not only that, but I managed to get authentic Spanish churros with hot chocolate sauce too at Camden. I was in foodie heaven! We also spent some time in the Natural History Museum as well as the Victoria & Albert Museum where we were challenged to think, ‘What is Luxury?’