• October 8, 2014 • Destinations • Views: 1755

    From Mao to Merlot

    While there’s no evidence of reds being stashed under the bed, surging exports of Australian and Bordeaux wines to China’s status-seeking moneyed class is reinforcing the fact that a ‘vini-cultural revolution’ is in full swing. Not...

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  • October 8, 2014 • China, Destinations • Views: 1639

    Stairway to Heaven

    An eerie mountain haze fuses with a pastiche of cooking and eating as women, squatting over small grills patterned with tofu squares, fan the embers. Vapour rises from aluminium steamers filled with pork buns and people hunch over piping...

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  • October 8, 2014 • Checking In, Destinations, Hotels & Resort Reports, Thailand • Views: 1513

    Surviving Paradise – Aleenta Phuket

    Welcome to Aleenta Phuket where in just a few steps, I’ve stumbled out of bed, fallen into our private plunge pool, clambered up and down a series of stepped pathways before I’ve hit the beach and sprawled under an umbrella. ...

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  • October 8, 2014 • Destinations, Thailand • Views: 20324

    Is Vegetarianism Bad For You?

    “It’s not so much the facial piercings but indiscriminate use of firecrackers that causes injury and the occasional death,” muses our driver as we wait in Phuket Town for the annual Vegetarian Festival to begin. The week...

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  • September 6, 2014 • Food, On the Menu, Portugal • Views: 1536

    Oh My Cod!

    As Lisbon’s fishermen haul in their daily catch courtesy of the Atlantic’s cold currents, the aroma of salted cod and sardines is never far away, a celebration of its  seafaring heritage and seafood predeliction.  Wandering along the...

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  • September 6, 2014 • Asia, Checking In, Destinations, Hotels & Resort Reports, India, On the Menu, Wellness • Views: 1566

    Express Check-In : Going Green in Cochin, India

    The charming port city of Kochi, aka Cochin in the southern Indian state of Kerala boasts some amazing green credentials that are sure to  appeal to eco- conscious tourists. STAY Moored alongside Cochin Harbour, CGH Earth Hotel’s 22...

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  • September 6, 2014 • Destinations, India • Views: 1878

    Cruising Through Kerala

    It wouldn’t be India without a festival, a chance for people to pick the softest flowers and sweetest fruits to take as offerings to the Lord Shiva temple. Inside the humble sanctum sanctorium in a small village temple near Alleppy, the...

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  • September 6, 2014 • Destinations, Portugal • Views: 1420

    Ola! A Guide to Lisbon

    The number 28 tram skittles through Lisbon’s colourful streets skating perilously close to homes and shops. Screeching around a tight corner it halts abruptly alongside scarlet walls festooned with laundry. As I cross to a small piazza...

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  • September 6, 2014 • Checking In, Hotels & Resort Reports, Portugal • Views: 1567

    Lisbon’s Grand Design

    First, take a grand, late 18th century townhouse on Lisbon’s tree-lined version of Paris’s Champs Elysees and commission hot Portuguese designer Miguel Cancio Martins to play with it. Martins’ design chops include creating hip...

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  • September 2, 2014 • Destinations, USA • Views: 1882

    California – Land of Dreams

    The Golden State is a place where people have always dreamed big. From Spanish New World ambitions to settlers travelling west, miners rushing for gold to the fantasy of movie stardom and romance of a laid-back fun-in-the-sun image, ...

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