The Sea Gypsies of Mabul Island, Borneo, Malaysia

Stepping off the boat at Mabul island in Borneo, Malaysia, there is a long jetty that runs to the shore, a jetty that divides two worlds. On one side, there is a beautiful, rugged and almost deserted strip of beach bordered by palm trees, hiding the simple, yet comfortable huts of a scuba diving resort behind it. In stark contrast, the other side is strewn with ramshackle stilt houses, wooden boats and innumerable children, a higgledy-piggledy village that is home to the Bajau people. More

I Survived A Bermuda Motorbike – an Island Adventure


The rocky southern shores of Bermuda.

Be not afeard; the isle is full of noises,
Sounds, and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt not.
Sometimes a thousand twangling instruments
Will hum about mine ears; and sometime voices,
That, if I then had waked after long sleep,
Will make me sleep again: and then, in dreaming,
The clouds methought would open, and show riches
Ready to drop upon me; that, when I waked,
I cried to dream again.
― William Shakespeare, The Tempest

I wasn’t aware of Ariel or any other spirits singing in my ear during my trip to Bermuda. My experiences were mostly limited to the visual. However, Shakespeare’s portrayal of a magical and beautiful remote island in The Tempest, said to be based on the real-life shipwreck of the Sea Venture on Bermuda in 1609, is certainly not far-fetched. I, for one, was enchanted. More

Things to Do in Denver When You’re Alive

Denver The Mile High City

The statue "Dancers" by Jonathon Borofsky at the Denver Performing Arts Center, aka "Giant Naked Aliens"

Things to Do in Denver When You’re Alive

On my way to a conference in Keystone Colorado, I had the chance to spend a day in the Mile High City of Denver. Knowing nothing about the city, other than it was close to the Rocky Mountains, I asked the hotel receptionist what there was to do in Denver. “Nothing” was his curt reply. Seeing my nonplussed look, he recommended a visit to the REI Flagship store, an outdoors shop, located over the river at the end of Downtown’s 16th Street Pedestrian Mall. Was this all Denver had to offer? Not entirely convinced and with expectations low, I set off in the direction of the river. More