Colourful Madagascar

Throughout 2021, I've decided to revisit many of my travels throughout Africa. Since today is International Forest Day (21 March), I've dedicated this blog post to my fond memories of Baobab trees; particularly the golden sunset in Madagascar's Baobab Avenue. My journey begins in Antananarivo, the capital city of Madagascar. It's name translates to place... Continue Reading →

Iguana Islands

It’s nearly noon, the sun stifles the humidity in the air. A dark lizard moves in a languid fashion. I walk closer, mesmerized by its strange yet beautiful appearance. Its eyes slowly blink as I walk closer again. The lizard quickens his movement, its razor spines slithering past the harbour wall. It’s my first view... Continue Reading →

Buddha’s Mountains

"Great things are done when man and mountains meet, This is not done by jostling in the street" William Blake It is one of my favourite poetic quotes, and yet a trip to Nepal would make me think otherwise, on just how dynamic our perception of the world is. I have always aspired to the... Continue Reading →

Snowy Sagas

"Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere" Carl Sagan Science and imagination are an interesting mix. I'm sure it's spurred on some fascinating scienific discoveries in history. It's also a great way to explain science as I was to find out on my travels to Iceland.... Continue Reading →

Hidden Words

It became a lockdown adventure. I hadn't really looked carefully before for these words that lay embedded in various nooks and crannies along the capital’s picturesque waterfront. But it was a lot of fun looking for hidden treasures of poetic quotes and typographical sculptures written by many prolific New Zealand writers. Much to my surprise... Continue Reading →

Map Beauty

  I’ve always appreciated the beauty of maps and the visual stories they can tell. The colours, lines, shapes depict a geographical landscape. With the New Zealand festival of the arts writers programme running in February 2020, I was lured into hearing some of the authors speak about their recent publications. Chris McDowall, Nadine Anne... Continue Reading →

Blue Planet

I’ve always been fascinated as to how writers and journalists create their stories, in particular their career story. It’s a path coloured with initiative, dedication and passion. And this was to be the case for Alanna Mitchell, a successful Canadian science journalist. I was intrigued by her life story having travelled with scientists for over... Continue Reading →

Picture Books

Just how powerful is nature to inspire ideas for a picture book? This weekend, I was to listen to the achievements of French author-illustrators, Clotilde Perrin and Eric Veillé. In association with Gecko Press, Alliance Francaise and Institut Francais, they are currently touring Zealand for the Embassy of France’s Les Petits Kiwis. I listened intently... Continue Reading →

Science Writing

The Sydney Writers Festival was a week of literary indulgence. You picked your favourite subjects, authors and journalists to go and see - providing tickets were available. Science storytelling. It’s a unique genre discussed by a panel of science journalists; Alice Klein, Ivy Shih, Joel Werner and Michael Slezk.  Even within science, there are different... Continue Reading →

Man on Mars

Man on Mars “We are going on a journey”. It was enticing words by Dr. Dava Newman, NASA’s Deputy Administrator at this year’s science festival in Dunedin, New Zealand. NASA’s goal and aspirations for space exploration and travel are undeniably impressive. I couldn’t miss the opportunity to hear Dr. Dava Newman speak of current and... Continue Reading →

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