Far Pavilions


It’s 10.30pm on a Friday night, and somewhere on the 28th floor of a skyscraper in Roppongi, my work phone is ringing.

Playing Polo in Dubai

And we’re off. The reins in my left hand and the mallet swung over my right shoulder, we canter towards the pulu (ball). I half rise in the saddle, my eyes on the two tall metal…

Colombia: Road Tripping From One Extreme to Another

In between near-death experiences I am dimly aware that the radio is playing Western music. While I mentally compose my last will and testament, Elton John sings about the circle of life.…

Desert Aesthetic: Finding a Creative Oasis in Joshua Tree, California

The tone of our journey to Joshua Tree is set before we even leave LA. Pulling up outside the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), we venture past the high metal railings enclosing…

Istanbul: Finding Peace Among the Chaos

As my taxi approached the Sultanahmet district of Istanbul, I felt a distinct pull in my chest — was this still the same city that had served for centuries as a magical meeting place of…

Nature’s Orchestra Plays on for Cyclone-Shocked Vanuatu

While Cyclone Pam may have sucked the lifeblood from the archipelago of Vanuatu, the sounds of the sea and land play a reassuring and healing symphony for islanders having to literally…

Hobart: Centre of Food, Wine and Art

I land in Hobart bright and early, the thick blanket of cloud giving way to one of dense green vegetation before the peninsula city itself comes into view. Once on the ground, I check in at…

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