Hell on Two Wheels

Since landing in Vietnam, I haven’t been able to get Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’s recent ode to mopeds – Downtown – out of my head.

My seat is leather, alright, I’m lying, it’s pleather
But girl, we could still ride together
You don’t need an Uber, you don’t need a cab
F*** a bus pass, you got a moped man…

No matter where I’ve been in this country – from the chaotic streets of Ho Chi Minh City to the mountain town of Dalat to the chilled out beachside of Nha Trang, motorcycles, scooters and mopeds are everywhere.  Sure, there’s the occasional private car and a fair number of taxi cabs, but to bastardize an Animal Farm quote (fittingly), “two wheels good, four wheels bad.”

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Best Bits : Malaysia

Just over a month ago, I touched down in Kuala Lumpur to begin exploring Southeast Asia.  While I was only expecting to stay a couple of weeks based on my initial planning, I’m leaving the country 32 days later with some amazing experiences under my belt, and a couple of destinations I’ve fallen in love with which I want to visit again.

I didn’t buy any souvenirs (I don’t have room in my backpack for them).  But what I am taking with me are some great memories.

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Where To Sleep – January 2016

When I spent three months in Japan, I didn’t have to worry about where I was going to sleep every night.  I had a home base at Chris’ western Tokyo apartment, and so all I needed to do was figure out what I’d get up to each day.

Being on the road means finding different places to crash in each city I visit.  It’s one the things I research the most when I decide that I’m heading off to a new destination.

There is no shortage of choices of places to stay in Southeast Asia. While you can rely on review websites, travel guide books and word of mouth, you never really know what you’re getting yourself in to until you drop your bags and check out your bunk.

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It’s a Marathon, Not a Sprint

There’s a saying attributed to many people, but has long been a mantra of mine when it comes to creative endeavours.

“It’s a marathon… not a sprint.”

If you expect anything to work overnight, you’ll be sadly disappointed.  If you try and move too fast, you’ll miss the bigger picture.

And despite having clung to this advice through much of my professional life, when it comes to my travels I seem to have forgotten everything I know about pacing myself.

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Beautiful Pulau Sapi.

My Sabah Five

My visit to Malaysian Borneo ended on Monday. Truthfully, I should have waited to book my flight onward so I could have stayed longer.  Sabah is beautiful, and really unique compared to the rest of Malaysia.  Despite my little accident on Saturday, I thoroughly enjoyed my time off the peninsula.

Rather than ramble on for paragraphs, I thought I’d try my hand at making a list about Sabah. A little more meat on the bones than a Buzzfeed list, but not so long that you’re sitting there thinking, “damn it, John – make it stop.”

So here they are… my “Sabah Five.”

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