A comprehensive guide to Pulau Ubin

The excitement among us was palpable. After a previously rained off trip to Pulau Ubin, three friends and I were at Changi point Ferry Terminal armed with both sunscreen and umbrellas. We were ready to go. It seemed a bit ridiculous to be excited about getting on a boat for five minutes but if COVID […] Read more…

The top of the image is fringed with the silhouette of palm leaves from an over hanging tree. On the horizon is the silhouette of high rise buildings separated from the tiny stretch of sand at teh bottom of the image by a still expanse of water. The water is like liquid mercury and reflects the darkening sky and the sunset on the left of the buildings. there are a few whiny shadowy clouds above the horizon and some thicker ones to the left of the image.

One foot in front of the other

When I was little we used to go for PAWs. Perfectly Awful Walks They probably weren’t that long, or maybe they were for little legs and adult ears listening to aforementioned little legs whining. I’m sure not all of them lasted half the day and involved lots of hills and bucketloads of torrential rain but […] Read more…

The Best Secret Islands In Southeast Asia - 2 swings in the ocean on the left with the beach in the background. The water is incredibly still and there are palm trees on the beach. The sky is blue with just a few wispy clouds on teh left. The moulds are illuminated by the last of a yellow sunset.

Best secret islands in Southeast Asia with kids

Why the best secret islands in Southeast Asia? As you all know, changing how we travel has moved from being something that interests me to being something we just have to do. This isn’t to say that the best secret islands in Southeast Asia need all of us to go there as soon as we […] Read more…

Qatar One Year On - Doha skyline at dust with a dhow boat in the aqua waters on the right

Qatar – one year on

It has been 365 days. 365 days since we got on a plane with many (many, many) suitcases. 365 days since we left our lives in Qatar to start a new life in Singapore. And, serendipitously, today is Eid, a time when celebrations would have been all over the city (pre-COVID, of course). It seemed […] Read more…

Best secret islands in Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos With Kids - the sun is setting in Bai Tu Long in Halong Bay. There are junk ships on the still water in the foreground and shadowy limestone rocks and islands in the background. The sky is bright orange and the tiny setting sun sets off an orange stripe in its reflection in the water.

Best secret islands in Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos

Why the best secret islands in Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos? I’ve wanted to visit the islands in Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos with kids for such a long time. In fact, we cancelled our trip to northern Vietnam with just a day to go as the pandemic crisis escalated across the world. After much planning, we […] Read more…

Best secret islands in Thailand with kids

Why the best secret islands in Thailand? I couldn’t write a series about the best secret islands in Southeast Asia without including Thailand! We have been to Thailand twice with the kids but have been underwhelmed by dirty beaches and enormous crowds. Disappointingly, Thailand has certainly suffered from the phenomenon of over-tourism. There are still […] Read more…

Best Secret Islands in the Philippines - there is perfectly clear, turquoise water on either side of a white sandbar. There are frothy waves in teh middle. To the very edges of the image and in the distance, the sea turns a rich deep blue.

Best secret islands in the Philippines with kids

Why the best secret islands in the Philippines? Next in my series of best secret islands in Southeast Asia comes the best secret islands in the Philippines with kids. I’ve been so excited to publish this as it’s the first place in the series that we’ve never been to. I couldn’t wait to see what […] Read more…

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