Browsing All posts tagged under »Asia«

On & off piste

February 18, 2013


Fresh off the piste and full of the joys of snow, I’ve just finished writing an article about my skiing adventures this past week in Japan … here’s a sneak preview: Often referred to as Asia’s ‘Whistler’, Niseko lies in Japan’s remote and rugged northern island of Hokkaido. The scenery is alpine with a touch […]

Snowy Sapporo

February 9, 2013


I touched down in Sapporo last night after some horrific turbulence as we attempted to land during a massive snowstorm. On landing, I felt freezing even looking out the window. Think pitch-black darkness and huge snow crystals, lit by the glare of the runway lighting, flying in every direction. Minus ten, the captain announced.  My […]

Love & luck

January 24, 2013


Today’s post has nothing to do with health and fitness … it relates instead to wellness  … emotional and mental wellness … matters of the mind and of the heart. Here goes. Earlier this week, I received a call from my ex husband aka H1 to say he was getting remarried.  If truth be known, […]

Matters of the mind

October 31, 2012


Think back to any low moment in your life, in a race or otherwise, when you’ve suddenly and successfully been able to lift yourself up again. On the flip side, think of those low moments when you haven’t done this. In a race scenario, the result would be, at best, poor motivation and a rubbish […]

Beautiful Borneo

September 16, 2012


The last time I was on Mount Kinabalu in Sabah, Borneo was when I was 11.  I won’t tell you how long ago that was but long enough! Scaling South Asia’s highest peak at 13,435 ft / 4,095m was a grand adventure embarked on with my dad whilst my mum and little sister, Alex, chilled […]

Rachel rocks

August 11, 2012


Yesterday I had a Skype date with my fab friend Rachel Jacqueline … you know, HK Adventure Baby. Rachel has had a life-changing year to date, having replaced a very conventional legal career with a very unconventional ‘fit-chick-tori’-esque lifestyle involving writing, running, community, adventure and play. I asked her … ‘Did you make the right […]

Forever and for better

June 25, 2012


One of my reasons for loving Nepal is the stark reminder of how little we need and how very fortunate we all are. This trip has so far proved no different. Look around here and you see an extremely poor nation yet an extremely happy one … an acute contrast to the West where so […]

Doing it in the rain

June 20, 2012


Tomorrow I return to Nepal. My love for the place never seems to weaken and I’ve spent this week beside myself with excitement. I’m not running in a race this time but meeting my brother Roy for some volunteering at an eco village in the Kathmandu Valley.  It sounds pretty awesome and more to come […]

Love letter from Lijiang

May 2, 2012


I remember my last Action Asia event in Nepal last November, when I wrote a post about the trials and tales just to get to the start line.  Action Asia Lijiang was no different! Another race, another country, another set of trails but the challenge to reach these incredible unspoilt corners of the world remain […]

Love all of YOU

February 19, 2012


I had a mailer in my inbox this morning from Sati Life, a group I subscribed to post the wonderful discovery of IntenSati, taught here in Dubai by Yvette Franzos. It talked about the importance of being grateful and said that this month, we should all make more of an effort to be more grateful for […]

Rise & shine

January 3, 2012


I’ve written before about expecting the unexpected and here in Nepal, it seems these words ring true as the rule rather than the exception. I expect that it’s this that brings me back time and time again … life in Dubai is sometimes just too predictable, too easy.  I thrive on a little drama and […]

Bigger pickers …

November 8, 2011


… need bigger knickers This post is dedicated to Sarah at Fitness First HQ who, like me, is addicted to the choco dates on offer at reception but at 43 kcals per piece, there must be less naughty options when the afternoon snack attacks strike … And whilst bigger pickers need bigger knickers, sometimes carrot […]

Like father like daughter

October 19, 2011


A run earlier this week started off in very different spirits than it ended. From 6-9am, I was all smiles but by the final stretch, my vision was skewed by sweat induced tears welling up beyond my control. I had been out for a few hours, running strong, feeling strong and loving the cooler air […]

Catching trade winds

October 11, 2011


This morning I ran Emirates Golf Course listening to an interview with Thom Gilligan from Marathon Tours, a huge US-based travel company catering for runners and adventurers from all four corners.  It was fascinating and thought-provoking, not because he broke any new ground but because the discussion pointed out the absolute obvious. Fact: the beach […]

Magnetic attraction

October 9, 2011


When back in the UK running The Toad Challenge recently, a 150km stage race from Oxford to London, I noticed loads of other runners wearing Trion:Z bracelets and necklaces … so much so that I felt a bit left out and made a mental note to check them out as soon as I was back […]

Chaos in Kat

September 29, 2011


The definition of an adventure is an event or series of, with an unknown outcome. For me, the lure of events in wild and unpredictable places is what attracts me in the first place. A little chaos thrown into the mix is what makes it all the more exciting. It’s what transforms a race into […]

Singapore salutations & mindful planning

July 2, 2011


A few days ago, on my last day in Singapore, I spent a very lovely morning with my sisters and mum at yoga.  We arrived a little late, fell in the door like naughty school girls and immediately lifted the tempo in the room to all-round smiles and animated chatter. Our mats were alongside each […]

Past times & pancakes

June 16, 2011


Once upon a time, I was rarely out the water …. all thanks to being brought up in Hong Kong, with a warm climate and a great pool just steps from my bedroom … oh and a youth as a competitive swimmer.  To this day, I remember in acute detail, being woken by my parents at […]

Advice from a mountain

April 11, 2011


I have borrowed these words from a mailer I received this morning from Julie Amer of Mountain High.  Julie has an incredible company, formerly based in Dubai and now in Hong Kong.  Global by nature however, Julie encourages and inspires ordinary women to do extraordinary things, to discover their true potential and to  transform their […]

Packing in circles

February 22, 2011


I must confess that I am the world’s worst packer. Despite travelling all the time, never for work, always for pleasure, I still spend hours and hours trying on everything I own and getting utterly sidetracked making up new outfit combinations. The result is normally a hardly recognisable bedroom of clothes, bags and shoes strewn […]