Archive for September, 2012

Cameras for Asia: India part 1

Visited Planet has taken Cameras for Asia to India this month. Thanks to a generous donation from St Aidan’s school in Brisbane 10 cameras were donated for this trip and will be left in a variety of centres in south and north India.

The first Visited Planet workshop took place in central Hyderabad at a HIV clinic where patients come to receive free medical treatment and counselling from an array of committed volunteers.

I was privileged to sit in on some interviews with the patients and learn of their struggles. Many of these stories were heartbreaking, particularly for women who contracted the virus from their husbands.

There is a huge stigma attached to those who are HIV positive and many are shunned by their families, friends and communities making life a challenge both socially and economically. Most of this comes from a misconception that HIV can be passed simply through touch or sharing a cup or plate.

Workshops were held both with the doctors who treat the patients, the volunteer counseling staff and the children of some of the patients. These boys were particularly a delight to interact with and truly seemed to enjoy the lessons.

Unfortunately weather in Hyderabad was wet and not conducive to a lot of exploration out on the streets. However here’s a selection of their best shots.

A patient is taken home after his consultation.

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Running around the world

I AM one of those travellers that always packs a pair of running shoes in my bag even if I don’t really have space. There are some really good places to run in Malaysia, on the beaches and islands in particular. However, even in the cities you will find nice places to run.”

This is an excerpt from my recent article on “Running in Malaysia” for the Travel Wire Asia / Tourism Malaysia campaign.

Malaysia of course isn’t the only place I’ve been running abroad. Of course it’s too hard to take your camera out when you are running, but here are some images from some of my most favoured places to run when I am traveling.

Langkawi, Malaysia

An image of a beach in Langkawi featured in the article mentioned above and indeed Malaysia’s beaches, as are those in Thailand,  Vietnam, Indonesia and elsewhere in Asia, are excellent for running. While the beach itself can be a challenge in the soft sand at high tide, there are often good roads nearby or pavements to pound. And as tourism is usually fairly established in the beach resorts they are used to seeing foreigners out running.
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24 hours in Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur

Smoking incense, great street markets, pirate DVDs, crowded streets, bustling intersections, amazing food…  Chinatown in Kuala Lumpur is a place close to my heart. I stay here almost every time I visit KL, which can be 2-3 times a year.

Another article I had published in the Travel Wire Asia / Tourism Malaysia campaign documented a 24 hour visit to the area based on these regular experiences. The article, 24 hours in Chinatown, also featured some photos from the Visited Planet website. See this link for a full list, but here are some selections below.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Fish massage, a popular spa treatment in Chinatown
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In pictures: Malaysian Borneo

Another article I recently published as part of the Travel Wire Asia / Tourism Malaysia campaign was “Discovering Malaysian Borneo in seven days“.

This incredible region is one of the most diverse on the planet in terms of wildlife both above the water and below, has fantastic rainforests and rivers, and its people groups are truly incredible: head hunters, jungle dwellers and a myriad of ethnicities.

The article features suggestions for a week’s itinerary. However for more images to highlight the region scroll down below.

If you want to check out more images on the database here are some links to look at:

Rumah Bundong longhouse – featuring images from a visit to an Iban longhouse
Kuching – the capital of Sarawak
Kapit – a riverside town along the Rejang River
Bako – national park famed for wildlife and walking trails near Kuching
Semenggoh rehabilitation centre – orangutan centre


Rumah Bundong longhouse, Kapit, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia

The Rumah Bundong longhouse near Kapit, Sarawak
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Photo gallery: Langkawi, Malaysia

Think brilliant white sands, clear blue waters, sparkling coral, flying eagles, good food, great views and a relaxed lifestyle and you have one of the best beach destinations in Asia. Late last year I visitedLangkawi, an archipelago of about 100 islands off Malaysia’s north west shores.

I published a gallery of images here and an article utilisiing those images and more appeared on Travel Wire Asia recently – Day in the life, Langkawi – as part of a project with Tourism Malaysia.

Feel free to check out the article, but it’s also worth revisiting some of the images from Langkawi here too.

Langkawi, Malaysia

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