International

Raffles Singapore with kids

The history of Singapore is both long and convoluted and, given my lack of standing as a historian of any note or, in fact, at all, I won’t even attempt to delve into its complexities, except to state the obvious… the glamorous and glorious Raffles Hotel has seen more than its fair share of the noteworthy […] Read more…

Naritasan Shinshoji Temple, Narita

Food & Fudomyo in Narita City

Transiting through Narita International Airport on your way to Tokyo or some other fabulous Japanese city? Well don’t! Do yourself a favour, get out of that cavernous airport, jump on a train (they’re terribly punctual, you know) and take the ten minute ride into Narita City. Seriously, you won’t regret it. Well, unless you miss […] Read more…

kid visiting Iorofa Cultural Village

Welcome to the Jungle // Iarofa Village Vanuatu

I holler in fright as a half-naked warrior leaps out from the undergrowth. Two more suddenly appear from the jungle armed with spears and arrows that are pointed directly at our heads.  Now, I don’t like to make assumptions (and by ‘don’t’ I actually mean it’s my hobby) but, given the scowling faces and life threatening stance, […] Read more…

The most incredible fresh sushi you'll ever find in Tsukiji Fish Market, Tokyo

Lost in digestion // 24 hours in Tokyo

I’ve been in Shinjuku station for 60 minutes and I’ve been lost for 58 of them. It may be due to the fact that I’m enormously stupid or it may be because the station, Asia’s largest, is freakin’ enormous! So big that more 3,500,000 people spill from its 200 plus seemingly identical exits every day. […] Read more…

A French Connection in l’île de Pins

The first thing we notice when we arrive at l’île de Pins? The water is blue. Retina searingly so! The second? Our daughter has a big thing for coconut. Big enough that we’re considering the need for some kind of tropical fruit rehab before she starts freebasing them. While Sugarpuff slurps on the first of […] Read more…

Huangpu River, Shanghai

Family fun in Shanghai

Raffles has just started learning Chinese at school and all that scholarly Ni Hao-ing has brought with it a touch of Mandarin melancholy for a boy who has a bit of a crush on China. A fab family break in Shanghai last year was more by accident than design, the high flying capital of commerce being the […] Read more…

Nasi Goreng kids

Bali bellies

Sunsets are something that Bali does particularly well. And the beach at Jimbaran Bay is the place that those in the know gather to enjoy them. Which is why, at sundown, we find ourselves sipping a leisurely Bintang on the bustling beachfront as our kids stalk, with serious intent, a guy selling balloons. Only the […] Read more…

Scary creatures at Ayana

Family fun at Ayana Bali

My first visit to Bali was nearly 20 years ago. You might say it was less than successful. You see, although I enjoyed a little taste of Bali’s endless beaches, terraced rice fields, tranquil temples and the colour and chaos of Balinese Hindu culture… being young and utterly, utterly stupid, I also tasted way too […] Read more…

Tea Eggs

Cracking up over Tea Eggs

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. All the king’s horses and all the king’s men couldn’t put Humpty together again. Which is no frickin’ surprise really, given that horses don’t have opposable thumbs. Luckily for Raffles, who also had a great fall over the weekend, we didn’t rely on […] Read more…

Barbie Cafe, Taipei

Tripping the light fanplastic in Taipei

As a child I, like most little girls, had a Barbie. She was tall and pert and pretty with her drag queen make-up and big bouffy head of blonde hair… which I hacked off before brutally mummifying her anatomically impossible body in small strips of gauze for a school project on Ancient Egypt. I didn’t […] Read more…

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