Salties

Hypercarnivorous apex predator. The three most chilling words in the English language. “This is what we do if we get attacked. You go for the eyes, or if you’re caught in its mouth, you need to reach to the back and past the tongue. There’s a flap there which stops water flooding their lungs.” Tom…

A Little Push

As I approached the ledge, I passed a painted wooden sign tied to a thin tree trunk. It read, “Never try, never know…Test your adrenaline!” Before I could reconsider, I began to bound forwards. The guide stopped me short. I’d have to do this as a standing jump rather than take a running leap. The…

A Wild Idea

Having recently returned from a Borneo trip, I was busy sorting through my footage. My neck still ached from scanning the trees with my head stretched backwards, but the sights were worth it. The light bursting through the canopy as a wild male orangutan spat out some unwanted food, his impressive flanges framing his kind…

To the Sound of Cicadas

MacRitchie Nature Trail, Singapore A puff of mist rose from the jungle as I approached the wet boardwalk. A siren began to wail, calling the stray kayaks back to the shore as a rumble echoed across the water. I hesitated. Another loud wave crashed into the sky and rippled above me. As I counted the…

Searching for elusive birds of paradise

As we entered the MacRitchie reservoir park, we couldn’t help but notice the signs warning us about the resident macaque monkeys: ‘Do not feed, do not carry plastic bags, do not make eye contact, avoid wearing sunglasses.’ We began walking around the large reservoir and spotted small sunbathing terrapins sat near the sludgy shallows. They…

5 things travelling has taught me about me

1. I’m grumpy when I’m hot. Living in a frying pan for six months can turn you into a raging Hulk at the smallest things: “No thanks, I don’t smoke. No I don’t want to buy your cigarettes as I’m not a smoker. No I don’t want to buy your cigars either. I’m sure they’re…

Reconfiguring

Moving abroad can feel like falling into the Catch-22 mechanism where every incremental step forwards relies on something unattainable. Take my case, for example. I arrived in Singapore with an IPA (that’s an In Principle Approval letter). That’s enough to get you in to work, with an understanding that you’ll obtain the Employment Pass (EP)…

Ayurvedic Massage in Kerala, India

Trekking in the tea plantations of Munnar, we met two easygoing German cousins. One taught us the art of eating in the South Indian way, scooping up rice loaded with sauce, hot vegetable sambhar and coconut chutney from the banana leaf, only using the fingers of one hand. It’s not surprising that she was so adept at…