Bedouin Boy

We met while walking around Petra. Although I suspect deep down that he has swindled a couple of dinars from me for a few postcards, I can’t help but think it was a bargain. I’m blaming that smirk and shirt.

The Bedul tribe are a Bedouin group that inhabit Petra, Jordan. While they still maintain their traditional method of farming and agriculture, most nowadays are involved in the Petra tourism business– selling souvenirs, organizing guided tours and taking care of camels and horses used by the heftier tourists for transport.

While tourism is no doubt a good source of income, conservation should still be the utmost priority. This does not merely refer to ancient structures nor natural resources but also to the indigenous people of the region.

Retirement Huts

The thing about travelling is that you get a taste of different lifestyles and you end up imagining yourself living or heck even retiring in some of these places. It may be a bit premature but when I think of retirement (and I honestly do) these tropical seaside huts come to mind.

A simple shack by the beach

Built using sustainable and locally sourced materials

With a great view of the sea.

Ah wishful thinking. What about you? Which places would you like to move to and why?

Let’s Get Lost

“Not until we are lost do we truly understand ourselves.”

– Henry David Theroux

Travelling, especially alone, forces you to:

Embrace your fears,

Unlearn prejudices,

See through a child’s eyes once again,

Seek comfort in the unfamiliar

and if you are lucky…

Fall in love with a stranger.

Note: Thank you for the many wonderful comments. They really do mean a lot. As I’m currently lost in the Middle East (Jordan), anyone want a postcard? (Btw, picture above is not from Jordan)

Boracay Sunset

This will always be one of my favorite shots because it’s a reminder of that perfect day spent in the small island of Boracay in the Philippines—I didn’t even have to get up from my lounge chair to take this photo. It’s like they all conspired and posed for me on cue!

Although getting to this paradise island requires a domestic flight, land trip and ferry ride, the beaches are surprisingly packed. Who can blame them (us!) though when you’ve got the perfect mix of powdery beaches, water sports, fantastic night life, fresh food and cheap beer. At night, the restaurants spill out their tables onto the beach complete with live music thus creating the perfect beach atmosphere. The beautiful people who walk by on occasion certainly enhance the experience too.

For a country spoilt with warm waters and white sands, Boracay certainly tops my list.

Bikes of China

People who know me might tell you that I have an unhealthy obsession with bicycles.  Well this is a blatant lie. Bicycles are extremely beneficial to your health! It’s good exercise and a great way to discover the city on the cheap. With a bike, you can go places that would otherwise be difficult to access by car or foot. And they just look unbelievably cool really.

To further prove my point, check out these Chinese folks on bikes!

Biking doesn’t have to be a solo venture.

Nor does it have an age limit

Electric bikes– if you can’t decide whether you want to pedal or a motor.

If you’re too lazy to pedal then just hire someone to do it then. 

This might not exactly be a bike but it still looks cool.

More rickshaws!

This kid approves!

Note: Hopefully, this would encourage you to start riding your bikes more often. 🙂