Where The Magic Happens – Kaula Leather Workshop

“A little magic can take you a long way.” From: James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl “This is my revenge. To teach people. Because when I wanted to learn, no one… Continue reading

Places To Stay: Sawah Breeze House – Yogjakarta, Java, Indonesia

Name:  Sawah Breeze House  (Sawah means rice paddies) Location:  Kasihan, just south, and within easy reach of Yogjakarta, on the Indonesian island of Java. Description:  The small cottage is next to another cluster… Continue reading

Borobudur – The Last Puzzle Piece

“. . . Candi Borobudur . . . is a prayer in stone.” – Professor Soekmono, the Indonesian archaeologist who directed the Borobudur Restoration Project A short, steep climb in the dark took… Continue reading

Coffee Architecture: A Place That Feels Like Home

“Coffee has to go through a series of processes and changes to reveal its true identity. If we pay attention, we can taste decisions on species, variety, processing, milling, roasting and brewing. Every… Continue reading

My Favourite Art Spaces in Abu Dhabi

“Art enables us to find ourselves, and lose ourselves at the same time.”  – Thomas Merton –  Warehouse 421 Located in Mina Zayed near the Dhow Harbour, Warehouse 421 has been my favourite… Continue reading

Paddling Through Time and Space

“We have come to forget that our minds are shaped by the bodily experiences of being in the world – its spaces, textures, sounds, smells and habits . . .”    – Robert Macfarlane… Continue reading

A Visit to the Past

Jazirat al-Hamra or Red Island, now part of the mainland, was once a peninsula that, with high tide, became a small island just off the coast of Ras-al-Khaimah. The inhabitants made their living… Continue reading

Lisbon Hype

“A very particular feeling of nostalgia and melancholy, characteristic of a certain type of Portugueseness, permeates the city and its people, imparting a permanent yearning for an unfulfilled past. It is a city… Continue reading

Introducing “A Taste of Freedom”

We have always known that, one day, we will have to leave the United Arab Emirates. Visas are tied to jobs and sponsors, and no matter how long one lives here, eventually one… Continue reading

A Brief Stopover in Bangkok

The people who jostled for space in front of the gates of Bangkok’s Grand Palace, shortly before opening time, were entertained by a rather sturdy Thai woman with short hair, and a no-nonsense attitude.… Continue reading