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Southeast Asia in Pictures: Week I

Every week during our eight-week trip across Southeast Asia, I plan to post a handful of snapshots and stories from the week just gone. If you follow me elsewhere on the web, you’ll know that my everyday world has taken a turn for the tropical. After over a year of saving our pennies, I quit my full-time job in central London, my partner put his business on hold and we moved out of our one-bed flat in the city – to embark, finally, on our long-planned adventure. We are spending the rest of the year (October-December) exploring Southeast Asia: as my parents are (temporarily) living in Asia, the chance to explore this part of the world seemed too good an opportunity to pass up. I love to travel, and we had the luxury of being able to save up and plan far in advance so we could steer our commitments and finances with this excursion in mind. I have also been aching to go freelance for several years, but could never quite muster the courage …

Singapore | The Southern Ridges

   It is with good, indeed excellent, reason that Singaporeans call their home the ‘city within a garden’. Despite its public image as a manicured, sterile skyscraperdom, the city-state is also the greenest city in Asia thanks to its first Prime Minister, the fabled Lee Kuan Yew, and his vision of transforming the then-developing country into a Garden City.    And it’s not just Singapore’s architecture that has embraced height. I took these 35mm film shots while we walked the Southern Ridges, a 5-mile treetop trail that criss-crosses through the parks at the southern tip of the island. The 2.5-mile section that connects Kent Ridge Park to Mt Faber offers elevated walkways through the tree canopy, skyline views and the chance to walk across Henderson Waves, a spectacular and vertigo-inducing pedestrian bridge (the highest in Singapore!) suspended 36m above the ground below. The route marked by knotted jacarandas, lush succulents and all manner of flora and fauna  seemed as wild, sprawling and exotic as the jungle. My parents rent an apartment in this unworldly fin-shaped building complex (above), …

Singapore | Part I

At the very start of the summer I flew across Europe, the familiar arable landscapes of western Europe shifting gradually to countries further east than I had ever seen. We veered southeast, cruising over the vast steppes of Asia before soaring across the width of India (oh, such bright and unending celestial skyscapes I have never seen before nor since!) The plane swooped down over the Indian Ocean, hugging the coast of Thailand, then Malaysia, finally landing on a clear, moist night at Changi Airport. My parents greeted me in the arrivals hall, glimpsing the pair of us through a glass screen before they could embrace us. By the time we had retrieved our cases and hailed a taxi, the sky was already tinged with the first mauve of dusk. The twisting limbs of jacaranda trees lined the roads towards the city, a snatch of pale blue sea visible through their braided spines. The air was thick and humid, heavy with the scent of jasmine and frangipane. Already my preconceptions were knocked clear from my head – the visions I’d …