Bondi Beach @ Sydney, 2010

My first visit to Sydney was in 2010. Stephanie had recently moved there and as I was in Queensland for a press junket I had to visit. She introduced me to some of the neighbourhoods – Potts Point, Surry Hills, Darlinghurst, took me to the most amazing eateries, and on one ridiculously sunny winter’s day drove me out to Bondi Beach.

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Pekan Lama @ Kuala Kubu Bharu

There’s more to KKB besides a pitstop en route to the lofty hill station of Fraser’s Hill. Once the second largest town in Selangor, Kuala Kubu Bharu may be small and sleepy by today’s standards but this picturesque place, nestled among Selangor’s foothills, has a rich history and an easy going charm that’s worth getting to know.

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Phewa Tal @ Pokhara, 2014

Stream fed and dam regulated, Phewa Tal is Nepal’s second largest lake. Why it is also the focal point for visitors to Pokhara is easy to see. Quiet and still, and framed by lush green slopes followed by the dramatic snow capped peaks of the mighty Annapurna range, Phewa Tal is mesmerising.

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Thamel @ Kathmandu, 2014

Surrounded by the majesty of the Himalayas and its awe-inspiring snow capped peaks or by the swelter of the rich fertile plains of the Terai lowlands where rhinos roam and tigers lie in wait, it’s easy to dismiss Thamel as a dusty budget-tourist trap. But Thamel has its charms and deserves love. In a way it’s like your first friend on your first day at school – friendly and uncomplicated.

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Dusk To Dawn @ Downtown KL

I’ve lived many placed but KL the longest. For a long time I had fallen out of love with the city – too many changes, not enough preservation, too few smiles –  until I learned to look harder and walk slower.

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