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The Bridge
Back in the 1950s, the only way for me to get to my school was to cross a canal called Wan Mat Saman Canal.  The canal connects Sungai Kedah in Alor Setar to Gurun  in the south, a distance of...
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A Big City With a Small-Town Feel
Kyoto is synonymous with incredible temples, cherry blossoms, parks, markets, serene gardens, tea ceremonies, traditional ryokan and craftsmanship.  It was once the imperial capital of Japan for over 1000...
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Travelling Japan & Korea
Kyoto is synonymous with incredible temples, cherry blossoms, parks, markets, serene gardens, tea ceremonies, traditional ryokan and craftsmanship. It was once the imperial capital of Japan with the finest...
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The Sanctuary
I was suddenly awakened by the cold breeze sweeping through the tent.  The  morning was so still  I could  hear the thud of a tiny casuarina seed on the roof of the tent.  The entire stretch of the beach...
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SUN, SEA, SAND & COCONUTS
Some say dreams are made of sun, sea , sand and coconuts, while some think a coconut is a definition of a taste of paradise. But where ever you are, the coconut has the ability to transport you to some...
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A Kind of Paradise
If there is one place I would rather be, it has to be Kampong Mangkok.  Kampong Mangkok sits on a promontory  flanked by turquoise blue waters of the South China Sea on one side and the mangrove river...
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Driving on Karakorum: Not for the faint-Hearted
Imagine huge brown boulders hanging over your head on one side and a ravine that dropped all the way down 200 feet or so, on the other.   Imagine all you have at your disposal is a mere one foot...
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Romance on Trans Mongolian Express
(extract from my book“People & Places: Walk My Journey” ) Almost everyone I know dream of going on the Trans Siberian journey.  This iconic trip has captured the imagination of travelers, poets,...
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Interview
Interview with Author Husna Kassim: Discussing her Book People & Places and Other Stories from Life Husna Kassim is a chemist by discipline with an MSc in Analytical Chemistry & Instrumentation...
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Seafood Chowder & Tasman Valley Walk, South Island
Twizel is a handy base to explore Mt Cook National Park and the Mackenzie Basin. It is the largest town in the Mackenzie District, in the Canterbury Region of South  Island. The town was founded in...
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Getting Lost in Old Tehran 
Travelling can be one road to happiness, according to neuroscientists.  When we travel , we rewire our brains because new experiences are key to building new neural pathways in the brain.  By...
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People & Places
People and Places Walk My Journey Many dream of breaking routines and pushing boundaries for that once-in-a-lifetime experience: taking buses, travelling around Turkey in the thick of winter, or crossing...
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Unfamiliar, Unforgettable
A Little Romance on Trans – Mongolian Express Beijing Central station was a sea of people and the van dropping us was not allowed into the station.  It probably would take an hour or so just...
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Tunisia
Tunis in 2014 When the idea of a Mediterranean holiday was first mooted in 2014, Morocco was our destination of choice. Despite having made preparations to obtain a visa, the London Moroccan embassy...
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It’s All About People
Ulu Kedah Culinary & Hospitality Trains are just enticing: picture windows, freedom to move around,  time to bury yourself in a book or socialize, yet moving smoothly at a speed that does...
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Vietnam
Two &Half Days of Saigon Culture When I first flew into Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City, remembered fondly as Saigon, the weather was pleasantly warm-820F with some clouds. ...
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Remembering Yesterday
Yesterday When I Was Young Someone said that if Leonardo da Vinci had to tweet five times a day, people would still be riding bicycles. But modern living with all the technology has made us empty.  We...