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Of Africa, Unicyclists and Life.

I had discussed South Africa with a good friend years and years ago. She’d heard about how dangerous it is (not entirely wrong). This was back in the day before Wikitravel and before travelling with a internet-ready mobile plan was a thing. By some crazy chance, I got acquainted online with a SA unicyclist. We’d […]

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Travel

12 Countries, 12 Months (While Employed)

Last year, I made a little challenge to average a country a month for the year. While keeping my day job. On allocated leave days. Also, I had been going on a LOT of solo trips and wanted for a change to involve family and friends on adventures. How I Planned Leave Days I spent […]

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Asia Indonesia Travel

The Story Preceding That Story About Diarrhea Everyone Has

Shit happens. Before that though, let’s talk about happier times. Some friends and I made plans to explore Lake Maninjau, a crater lake in Sumatra, in Indonesia, by unicycle. It’s one of my favorite trips to date – I get to whine about physical exercise to friends who can relate; there’s great scenery and we […]

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Bolivia South America Travel

Unicycling the Death Road in Bolivia

You might have heard of the World’s Most Dangerous Road(tm). Also known as the Yungas Road, or the Death Road in Bolivia, the road claims some 200–300 lives annually. You’d start off from about 4650m above sea level and end at 1200m. That’s almost 3.5km of altitude change over the 65km route. Well, around 65km — I’ll explain. […]

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Chile South America Travel

El Perro, Mi Amigo

While wandering around Huilo Huilo in Panguipulli, Chile, this sweet chap over here tagged along while I unicycled through. On this particular leg of my journey, I stayed in a “backpacker” lodge which was unreasonably cheap (I think it was <$10 a night). It’s really more of a camping lodge with a few huge rooms […]

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Chile South America Travel

How to Improve a Wine Tour

In my country, an average bottle of wine costs US$15-20. You wouldn’t drink wine with your meals. Heck, grape juice was a luxury when I was growing up because juice isn’t cheap either. Chile is, in comparison, ridiculous. At some point, I caught myself at the supermarket in a twist over if I should get […]

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Chile South America Travel

Trekking Mountains is Always Fun in Retrospect

I think I decided to hike the Torres del Paine in the Chilean part of Patagonia days before I did that. It was the right season; I happened to be in the area and everyone who’s done it raved about the brilliant scenery. Google tells me that it’s a must-do – a constant best hikes […]

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Asia Singapore Travel

The Old Tanjong Pagar Railway Station circa 2011

Despite being in plain sight in a well-populated area, surprisingly few people knew that we had a functional railway station. Specifically, one that brought us to Malaysia. I must have passed by this building a million times but have always thought that it was some government building due to its atas colonial exterior. It might […]

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Asia Hong Kong

Urban Exploration in Cheungchau, Hongkong

Don’t get me wrong. Cheung Chau is a beautiful place, off the beaten track from the hustle and bustle of business Hong Kong. For about US$4-5, you’ll take an ~ hour ferry ride from the Central ferry terminal to a totally different side of Hong Kong. If you enjoy urban exploration, you’re in luck. My […]

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Asia Dinosaurs South Korea

South Korea Had Dinosaurs but Nobody is Impressed

On my first visit to South Korea, transport options across the country were not great. You’d have to fumble around getting to a bus terminal in Dongseoul which no one could tell you was still kind of Seoul but not really. Google Maps was still a new concept so you couldn’t just navigate yourself around. […]