Bad Karma and the Unluckiest Girl I Know…

Bad Karma and the Unluckiest Girl I Know…

Once, I watched a bloke pull three grand from a poker machine. Fair dinkum. “Drinks on you mate, it’s your lucky day!”. “Fuck off – it’s karma” he snapped. Sporting one thong and fewer teeth – I had no cause to doubt him. So, since then, I’ve honoured his adage. Case in point: this girl …

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Trang and Krabi, Not Too Shabby

Trang and Krabi, Not Too Shabby

Trang and Krabi are strange neighbours – cultural antipodes but fraternal twins. With a short bus ride, you can taste the rainbow of southern Thailand in little more than a long weekend. Trang is a rural centre. There aren’t many tourists, and nothing’s in English – that’s what I liked. It’s a drift through a …

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Koh Lipe and the Opposite of Cynicism

Koh Lipe and the Opposite of Cynicism

What’s the opposite of a cynic? Maybe an optimist? Whatever it is, on Koh Lipe, I found it again. Now, this isn’t my first trip through Thailand. I know the score. It’s a place of acute natural beauty and of smiling sanguine people. Of which both, unfortunately, are being tamed by the tide of tourism. …

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Five Days in Penang

Five Days in Penang

Have you tried an Ice Kachang? It’s weird, but refreshing. Think shaved ice and red beans – with sweet corn, cubes of agar, and coconut milk on top. That’s Penang. It sounds ugly – a Malay island, a British port, worked by Indians, and owned by Chinese. But, like Kachang, it’s refreshing.    Georgetown is a …

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Scalpers Can Suck a Chode

Scalpers Can Suck a Chode

Scalpers: they’re barely human. They add nothing. As a parasite, they suck their life from the misery of others. But, in Surat Thani, I took a stand. Short back story: I love train travel – it’s often a highlight of my trip. There’s something about the rhythmic rocking and the whine of metal. It soothes …

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September Summary

September Summary

In September I shat like a Cossack, but more on that later… It’s been a breathless month. After a slow start I’ve covered some ground – from Indo to Malaysia through Singapore. Next stop Thailand. Leaving Australia, I headed to Singapore. After a quick hit and run I headed for Sumatra – getting scammed in …

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Lagavulin: the best scotch for $100.

Lagavulin: the best scotch for $100.

I’m a human – so part of my remit is to call out ignorance, and to shame the perpetrator. At a bar in KL, sharing a drink for the AFL grand final, a fellow punter bought a bottle of Suntory Old Whisky – and spruiked that it was “the best whisky for under $100” (sic). …

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Sentosa Island – Gold for Fools

Sentosa Island – Gold for Fools

I have two words for Sentosa Island: fools, and gold. I just got back to Singapore after 20hrs of travel – to find my hostel won’t check me in ‘til mid-afternoon. Hmmm…I checked trip advisor. Not many options for an unwashed insomniac. Then I thought: ‘Hey, I’ll get out of the city and head to …

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Aura Surf Camp – Simuelue Island

Aura Surf Camp – Simuelue Island

A preface to this post: Aura is a surf camp. And the criteria for judging a surf camp are simple – it’s all about the surf…size, consistency, and variety. And for this, Aura rips in. The rooms overlook a world class peak – creatively named ‘the Peak’. Genius. The wave peels left and right and …

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Scammed in Medan

Scammed in Medan

Let this be a warning – don’t trust anyone in Medan. This week I caught up with a couple of mates for a surf. We flew into Medan, then on to Sumatra – there’ll be a post on that later… Here’s what happened, as far as I can tell. We arrived in Medan and cleared …

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