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HORSE PLAY
BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA

There is no doubt that Argentina and polo go hand in hand. It’s a peculiar thing really, considering the country’s Spanish history, a world away from the green ...

PARUL KAPOOR
JAIPUR, INDIA

Chef Kapoor is the Executive Sous-Chef at the ITC Rajputna, with a culinary philosophy and outlook to life rooted in seeking happiness from all that is around h...

HUGH MACDERMOTT
BARILOCHE, ARGENTINA

Hugh is often called Argentina’s gay gaucho, having spent many years traversing the country by horse. Together with his husband, he runs adventure tour company,...

FLOATING HISTORY
DEAD SEA, ISRAEL

On the eastern edge of the Judaean desert, the gigantic temple of Masada sits baking in the oppressive heat. It’s the kind of heat that sends you scurrying for ...

CHARAF EL GATTIOU
ATLAS MOUNTAINS, MOROCCO

Charaf is a Four Seasons Marrakech excursionist who works with the hotel’s concierge team to create unique experiences around the city and the Atlas Mountains. ...

João Lucas
Trancoso, Brazil

At time of visit, João was relatively new to what he calls his ‘little paradise’ of Trancoso, but already he feels like a local. He works as the concierge at Ux...

BJ PASCUAL
MANILA

At just 27, Filipino photographer BJ Pascual is already one of Manila’s biggest names. He’s the city’s go-to celebrity fashion photographer whose work has featu...

CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION
MADRID, SPAIN

The change that Madrid has undergone over the last few decades is evident in its trendy facades of Malasaña. Some call it gentrification and while I can’t deny ...

JAKE MACAPAGAL
MANILA

Like a fine wine, Romano “Jake” Macapagal has reached his prime with maturity. He was recently nominated for a BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Theatre Arts) ...
Photograph by Martin Perry

ALBERTO IN WONDERLAND
ALBERTO MANGUEL

If you walked past Señor Alberto Manguel in the street in London, you could mistake him for the most English of gentlemen. A handsome, distinguished man in his ...
Manila Intramuros

WALK THIS WAY
MANILA, THE PHILIPPINES

I grew up with Imelda Marcos. Well, not literally – but in my young, gay, Asian eyes she was legendary. It wasn’t until I was older that I understood it was the...
Philip Cornwel Smith

VERY THAI
PHILIP CORNWEL-SMITH

If you want to reinvent yourself, come to Thailand. For 500 years, my adopted home has been a makeover reality show for adventurers, dealers, hedonists and esca...
Sri Lanka

FINDING NIRVANA
SRI LANKA

The sun beams through the grey clouds onto the platform at Badulla station, high in the hills of Sri Lanka’s tea region. Rain is coming, probably the same rain ...

THE NEW GUESTS
PENANG, MALAYSIA

All the best stories involve intrigue – and my own certainly does – worthy of the Chinese TV period dramas that my grandmother is glued to. I have very fond mem...
Shop Hop BA

SECRET SHOPPER
BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA

Shopping in Buenos Aires has always come high on my to-do list. That probably goes for every worldly, stylish traveller, I’m sure. From its hipster Palermo Soho...

GRAPE DAY OUT
HUA HIN, THAILAND

I’m one of the most open-minded people I know – yet I find the concept of wine production in Thailand somewhat strange. Everything points at the impossible – fr...
Iguazu

WATER PARK
IGUAZU, ARGENTINA

An auspicious occasion brought me here and helped me check something off my life bucket list. My visit marked the 82nd birthday of when Iguazú Falls and its sur...

PHILIP SCHAETZ
HONG KONG, CHINA

With 17 years of global hospitality experience under his belt, Philip is a leader in the field, currently heading up sales for Marco Polo Hotels, one of Asia’s ...
Ralf Obergfell - Urak Lawoi

BEATING OF THE WAVE
RALF OBERGFELL

I was out in the Andaman Sea, in the waters just close to the Malaysian maritime border, when the Tsunami struck. I was visiting Koh Lipe as a tourist and had b...

SOE KWAH THU
YANGON, MYANMAR

Yangon resident and Belmond’s Tour Manager is a walking encyclopedia of Myanmar. www.belmond.com EAT Port Autonomy Restaurant Gay chef Kevin Ching’s rela...
Balloon over Bagan

A NEW DAWN
MANDALAY, MYANMAR

It’s 4:30am. It’s dark but the warmth of the air hugs me like an overbearing aunt who hasn’t seen you for years and still treats you like the little boy she rem...
WildCatter Ranch

HOWDY COWBOY
GRAHAM, TEXAS, USA

A jagged scar runs through a town called Cool, the trail of destruction left by a twister that touched down here a couple of months back. The town itself is lit...
Seoul Food

SEOUL FOOD
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA

It was a meeting of minds, to join Joe McPherson, the award-winning Korean food writer and blogger of Seoul foodie-musings, ZenKimchi, on his local food tour. W...

GREEK LOVE
ATHENS, GREECE

The 2006 movie 300 – an explosion of CGI bloodshed and homoeroticism set in ancient Greece – contains a line of dialogue that caused a minor furore at the time....
Venice, Italy

TIME TO TRAVEL
VENICE, ITALY

It’s a dark, moonless night, but that doesn’t seem to bother our pilot, as he drives at break-neck speed, across the open stretch of black water towards the twi...
Manila Jeepney

KINGS OF THE ROAD
MANILA, THE PHILIPPINES

In a sprawling metropolis like Manila, where rapid modernisation gives little precedence to heritage, a somewhat humble mode of transportation prevails as the c...
Paris Koutsikos Athens

ART AND OPTIMISM
ATHENS, GREECE

Athens, more than any city I’ve visited, is a patchwork of the old and the new. Walk up any perfectly modern side street and you’ll happen upon a chunk of the O...

THE TIME TRAVELLER
ATHENS, GREECE

Photography and Creative Direction by MARTIN PERRY Styling by UWERN JONG Grooming by Tzivitzidis Michael Model Panayiotis Simopoulos at ACE MODELS Shot on...
Wine Athens

DIONYSIAN LEGACY
ATHENS, GREECE

Like almost all Athenian stories, this one inevitably starts with some mythology. The God Dionysis was the son of Zeus and clearly, nepotism was rife on Mount O...

CHRIS ONG
GEORGETOWN, MALAYSIA

Investment banker turned hotelier, Chris opened the award-winning Galle Fort Hotel in Sri Lanka with his then partner Karl Steinberg. Returning home to Penang f...

JOE MCPHERSON
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA

Joe is a hungry American in Seoul and the local authority when it comes to talking about Korean food in English. www.zenkimchi.com BBQ Mapo Jeong Daepo A ...

ALESSANDRO DE LORENZO
VENICE, ITALY

Alessandro owns Ottica Boudoir, Venice’s most fabulous opticians, specialising in nonmainstream and custom made eyewear. He believes beautiful glasses for beaut...

ON THE ROAD
JUJUY & CAFAYATE, ARGENTINA

Too often these days, the journey itself is seen as the tedious bit; the no man’s land between where you are and where you want to be. But not in Argentina. Nev...

AMAZING RACE
SALTA, ARGENTINA

I’m doing thirty on a moped, weaving through people, cars and market stalls on a narrow road. A Peruvian-American blogger is clutching onto my waist tightly as ...

SCOTT MONTGOMERY
GRAHAM, TEXAS, USA

A native of Graham, Texas, Scott is currently pursuing a singing and acting career in New York City. Scott has performed all over the country in several touring...

DANIEL DESFORGES
TORONTO, CANADA

Daniel is a leading Food & Lifestyle blogger in Canada, based in Toronto, but with contributors around the world. @DoTheDaniel / www.dothedaniel.com T...
Stuart Sandford

STUART SANDFORD
WEST HOLLYWOOD, USA

Stuart Sandford is an artist whose photographic, video, sculpture, and installation work has been exhibited across the world. In 2010, he curated the group show...

SAHRAN ABEYSUNDARA
GALLE, SRI LANKA

Sahran spends his time between Britain and his native Sri Lanka. He is Mayor of Haslemere, Surrey. Outside of public office, he is an interior designer, LGBT ac...

KYOTO RULES
KYOTO, JAPAN

As we descended from the charming speakeasy in Gion, a quintessentially filmic, Kyoto scene unfurled. Through the mist and drizzle on the lantern-lit, cobbled s...
Uwern Jong's tattoo by Joey Pang at Tattoo Temple Hong Kong

INK CREDIBLE
HONG KONG, CHINA

Sometimes in life you travel to places for a larger reason, unbeknownst to you. It was on one such trip that I finally satisfied a long-held desire to get a tat...
Filipino Lechon

MANILA-NAMNAM
MANILA, THE PHILIPPINES

Anu’Man Kitchen & Pub is a cute and relatively new bar and restaurant in Manila’s Kapitolyo, a neighbourhood distinguished in recent years by a hipster dini...
Dalmatian Coast, Croatia, Uwern Jong

DALMATIA 101
DALMATIAN COAST, CROATIA

It was an invasion-by-sea, when I first set my eyes on Dubrovnik. Having sailed stealthily overnight, we anchored our ship as the sun rose slowly over the azure...

IT’S THE CLIMB
RAILAY, THAILAND

Stepping off the plane into the midday heat of Krabi was like a kick in the chest. By the time my feet hit tarmac, my previously crisp shirt looks like the Turi...

SHIHO IKEUCHI
KYOTO, JAPAN

Shiho-san is International Sales Director for the Granvia Kyoto, the first hotel in Japan to offer traditional Japanese wedding packages to same-gender couples....
Palm Springs Modernist Architecture

DESERT MODERN
PALM SPRINGS, USA

Palm Springs is the soothing, sun-drenched Yin to Vegas’ hedonistic Yang. I learnt that while it has only relatively recently become a global tourist destin...