Neighborhood Travel Guide: Al Satwa, Dubai

‘Satwa, often referred to as ‘Little Asia’, is situated between the bustling Sheikh Zayed Road and the affluent coastal areas of Dubai. Unlike the luxurious skyscrapers and high-end eateries in the nearby Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), which lies just across the highway, Satwa is characterized by its unassuming low-rise apartment buildings, a variety of … Read more

An Open Love Letter to Surfing

Dear Surfing, I wanted to take a moment to express my gratitude and love for you. You’ve been more than just a hobby; you’ve become a way of life that has enriched my soul in ways I never thought possible. As the waves rise and fall, so does my heart with the rhythm of this … Read more

25 Chinese Arthouse Films That You Should Watch

In the vast realm of Chinese cinema, arthouse films stand out as unique gems that captivate audiences with their profound storytelling, visual poetry, and thought-provoking narratives. These cinematic creations often transcend the boundaries of conventional storytelling, exploring complex themes and shedding light on the intricacies of Chinese culture and society. From the breathtaking landscapes of … Read more

The Beautiful Antalyan Sky

As the golden hour descended upon the coastal city of Antalya, the sky transformed into a mesmerizing canvas, ablaze with hues of crimson and tangerine. The sinking sun gently kissed the horizon, casting its ethereal glow upon the serene waters of the Mediterranean. Wisps of cotton candy clouds painted the heavens, effortlessly blending with the … Read more

Is that Parthenon I see?

As I sit by the window of my humble abode in Athens, Greece, I am humbled by the grandeur that unfolds before my eyes. The Parthenon stands tall, its ancient pillars etching stories of a bygone era onto the canvas of time. Bathed in golden hues of the setting sun, it whispers secrets of history … Read more

From Missed Flight to Seat 1A

Sometimes, life’s twists and turns take us on unexpected journeys, like the one I experienced when missing my Helsinki-Rovaniemi flight. In the midst of frustration, fate intervened, nudging me towards a fortuitous outcome. As I stood there, disheartened, the airline kindly bumped me onto the next flight, where a marvelous surprise awaited meβ€”the coveted Seat … Read more

Jittery in Rovaniemi

In the icy embrace of Rovaniemi’s winter, a chill seeped through my bones, leaving me jittery and cold. The air danced with frost, painting a silver tapestry upon the landscape. But amidst the frozen whispers, a fire burned within my soul, igniting a spirit of adventure. Wrapped in layers of warmth, I braved the frigid … Read more

Viva La Vida

In the vibrant tapestry of existence, we find ourselves entangled, dancing to the symphony of moments that shape our journey. “Viva la Vida,” the rhythmic incantation that pulses through the corridors of our souls, embodies the essence of living fully. It beckons us to embrace life’s tapestry with open arms, navigating its intricate threads of … Read more

Embracing Istanbul’s Sunset

As I stood on the ancient grounds of Istanbul, the vibrant hues of the setting sun embraced the skyline, casting a mesmerizing glow upon the city. In that moment, my heart felt full, brimming with a profound sense of gratitude. The kaleidoscope of colors painted across the canvas of the sky mirrored the kaleidoscope of … Read more

A Haunting Encounter by the Danube Bank

As I stood on the Danube Bank in Budapest, my gaze fixed upon The Shoes, a poignant memorial to the victims of the Holocaust, a whirlwind of emotions stirred within me. The sight of those empty iron shoes, scattered along the river’s edge, evoked a sense of both sorrow and resilience. Each pair seemed to … Read more

Appreciating Nature: Marabut, Samar

As I stood on the shores of Marabut, Samar, the waves gently caressed my feet, their rhythmic melody soothing my weary soul. Time seemed to slow down, and I felt a rush of nostalgia wash over me, reminding me of simpler days gone by. The salty air filled my lungs, carrying with it a sense … Read more