museum of islamic art - doha

museum of islamic art – doha

Robin went to Singapore so I decided I would go to Doha for a night, to visit the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA). I had gone to see it once before, but of course the day I went, it was closed! So this time I made sure I planned my trip around its opening hours. …

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New York

425 days in new york

My year in the Big Apple has taught me one thing. The city is unabashedly unashamed of itself! The good. The bad. The ugly. It is what it is. And it’s for you to deal with. The city won’t change. Why should it. It’s New York after all. And that’s what makes it so so …

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Kuwait

kuwait = Q8

The most surprising thing about visiting Kuwait was that it’s not geared up for tourism. At all. What a shame! For it has a lot to offer. As our hilarious guide at the Grand Mosque told us, half jokingly half serious, ‘We don’t need tourists, oil is good enough.’ And they have plenty of it. …

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bahrain

bahrain

I didn’t exactly have a spectacular welcome to Bahrain when we landed! Robin zipped through immigration, however, after seeing my passport the officer unexpectedly told me to sit down and walked away with it. Hmm. What did I do?! Always my first thought at immigration. Although this is completely illogical for I have done nothing. …

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when two worlds collide

Waking up in Helena, the sleepy capital of Montana, I decided to go to the gym. I needed to get my blood pumping after all the driving I had done in the last few days. Traversing the gorgeous states of Wyoming, Idaho and now into Montana is spectacular but also exhausting for the distances are …

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driving through yellowstone and teton national park

driving through yellowstone and teton national park

  Little did we know that on August 25, 2016, when we were on our road trip from Salt Lake City to Vancouver, it ended up being the centennial of National Park Services in the USA. Especially since we just drove through Teton and Yellowstone National Park. What a great way to celebrate the immense …

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Amazon People

amazon people

What is the most amazing thing about the Amazon is its size. Having had traveled extensively through south-east Asia, the jungle, the swamp lands, the waterways, the lushness, the heat and humidity, the wildlife is fairly similar to what I’ve seen in Indonesia, Malaysia, Cambodia and Myanmar. But the actual size of the Amazon is …

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Manaus, Brazil

preocupada she was … manaus, brazil

Brazil has 280 million inhabitants. Manaus has nearly 3 million locals. Yet last night, when we went for a walk around the old historic centre, the streets were absolutely deserted! Seriously deserted. The block around Teatro Amazona had a few people strolling around, including a beauty queen vlogging while leaning far into the fountain in …

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retro-futuristic brasilia

retro-futuristic brasilia

Cannot even imagine what Brasilia looked like before 1960. They say that it was flat and arid deserted land, with farms scattered around. Kind of like Dubai in the 90’s, with barely a high-rise in site. Somehow I’ve always been curious about visiting Brasilia, most probably due to Oscar Niemeyer, who I’ve always admired as …

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who knew panama city was such a delight

who knew panama city was such a delight

When I told someone recently that we were going to Panama they exuberantly asked ‘are you going to go see the Suez canal?’ I had to laugh 😃 Yes, I’ve always wanted to see the Panama Canal. It’s an engineering feat that has always had an appeal to me. Other than that, previously, when I …

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new york skyline from level 49

new york skyline from level 49

After 14 months it’s time to bid farewell to New York! What an incredible year it has been in truly what may be the most exciting city in the world.  Whatever superlative you can think of, New York is it. This is the view we’re saying goodbye to.  For all the months, through all the seasons, …

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discovering new york with my x-t1

discovering new york with richard schulman

One of my goals while living in New York was to challenge myself with photography.  Try new genres.  Take classes.  Go out with my camera and just shoot.  I learnt it takes a lot of discipline to do this. Richard Schulman, a renowned photographer, gave me weekly assignments and of I went.  More often than …

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new york city aerial photography

2000 ft (and less) over new york

Oh what an adventure! If you haven’t done a helicopter trip over NY yet, you should. It all started with my neighbour Tom Grill, who is a life-long professional photographer. New York has been his muse for quite the many years. I’ve seen his work and he has made some amazing photos of the Big …

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captivating colombo - sri lanka

captivating colombo – sri lanka

It’s a beautiful feeling when a country so inspires you to keep coming back. Sri Lanka poses that magical appeal. From Ayurveda cleanses to beautiful and uncrowded beaches, deliciously spicy food and inspiring works from local architect Geoffrey Bawa, lush settings and wild animals. The capital Colombo is a beautiful colonial city, maintaining all its …

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dutchness: sometimes it still shocks me!

I like to say that I’ve been married to the Dutch, in once capacity or another, since 1999. I’m used to their directness. But inevitably there comes a moment when I still get very shocked at what I hear. Till now my most memorable moment of Dutchness came from my own mother-in-law, who at Amsterdam …

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the four kings of raja ampat

the four kings of raja ampat

What an incredibly beautiful world we live in! For the last two weeks we have been sailing on The Seven Seas Indonesia Liveaboard boat through the magnificent Raja Ampat region, part of the Coral Triangle, which is located to the west of Papua in Indonesia. Raja Ampat stands for the Four Kings, four main islands, …

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raja ampat kids

I love observing kids, who all over the world are the same: they play, laugh, sulk, stare at you in wonder, cry, tease and look away from shyness. These are the kids I bumped into while traversing the islands of Raja Ampat.

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a road trip through enchanting morocco and its imperial cities

Morocco is one of those magnificent destinations that deserves time and repeat visits. Rapidly developing while still preserving it’s strong culture and islamic tradition, balancing romanticism and a mystical atmosphere, Morocco definitely left me with strong imagery and memories. We will keep coming back. We drove from Tangier to Marrakech, passing through the four imperial …

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