The privately public spaces of the world

My first toilet experience in China was a dimly lit, pungent, squat style affair down a dodgy alley in Beijing. Struggling to aim over the hole whilst keeping a hand on the door without  lock, it was an experience I will never forget. Since that close encounter, there have been many more whilst travelling.  As time…

HollaBack

Some photography I did last year at Amnesty International for a really important cause. Hollaback! is movement to end street harassment around the world. Women and men can share their stories on the website and unite against those that seek to subjugate others. I volunteered for their London event to take photos. Armed with a camera I had…

The holistic nature of yoga in the local community

What if,  within our local community,  we all donated some of our time and skills to those in need? Small or large actions, actions that show people you care. Actions that can give people their own skills to empower themselves. A skill that I feel compelled to share and spread is yoga. Anyone can practise…

A curious island of cashew bombs

With my final exams done and dusted in Taipei, I flew in the dark hours of the night to Bangkok.   I would miss the people, the food, the mountains, the sunsets over the city. But it was time to move on and having been stuck in a routine for half a year, my mind was aching…

Glory daze: Remembering Club Labrynth and the Four Aces

The more I write, the more I learn. For me writing is about honesty. That is why life experience is very important to this creative process. I write about landscapes I have roamed, crazy moments I have faced, exotic and bizarre foods I have eaten, peoples’ stories that bring me to tears, and the fragile history…

Why I love climbing

Here is a little article I wrote for the HoldBreaker website. Without climbing my life would be very different! Travelling alone in Yangshuo, China eight years ago, little did I know that my spontaneous signing up for a half day’s rock climbing on the area’s majestic shaped limestone peaks would change my life. I was…

Eccentric Tea Time in Maokong

In my last week in Taipei I have finally gotten round to taking the gondola up its steep ascent into the mountings of Maokong 貓空. I ended up going on what has been the wettest and coldest day since my 6 months here. It truly felt like being back in the UK. The cute hello kitty…

Time within tea fields (and a birthday bakery roulette)

This month was my birthday and I spent the day of my creation within the tea fields of Pinglin 平林, less than an hour outside of Taipei. Taipei is a unique capital city in the respect that despite the smoggy confines,  it always conveniently transports you outside into nature is you so wish; from mountain hikes to…

Sounds of the City

So it has been well over a month since I wrote about what I have been seeing through my eyes. I have been busy studying, turned a year old in terms of years, not been sleeping well again and writing my first article to get published here! January has gone by in a blur and…

Bakery Roulette Wednesday’s (returns)

So my bakery roulette has been a little slack lately.  But after what I tasted today I do not think I could handle such freakish treats every week.  Today I took the  plunge and went for a pastry adorned with one of the most deadly substances known to one’s palate… candy floss meat. The was…

A seedy Taipei hotel, a white dress, and an air freshener

Taipei is cheap, well compared to London it is. But I am a student again studying Mandarin at National Taiwan University .  I wake up at 6.30 am (says the girl who never had to get up before 11.30 am in London), pack my apple in my bag with my books, hop on my bike…