Top Ten Things To Do In Belfast

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Art & Culture, Continents, Europe, Northern Ireland, Worldwide Vacation

Top ten things to to in Belfast

Have a pint of Guinness – surely one of the top ten things to do in Belfast?

I’d call Belfast Ireland’s underdog city. But let’s not forget that it’s not about the size of the dog in the fight, rather the size of the fight in the dog.

And while Belfast’s history is all about that fight, it’s the city’s present on which I’d rather shine a light – with this list of the top ten things to do in Belfast in 2013.

The Perfect Place To Stay in Hong Kong – The Cosmopolitan & The Cosmo Hotel Hong Kong

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Asia, Continents, Hong Kong, Perfect Places To Stay, Worldwide Vacation

Cosmo Hotel Hong Kong

View from the Cosmopolitan Hotel Hong Kong

I say the Cosmo is the perfect place to stay in Hong Kong but frankly my dears I’ve never actually stayed anywhere else. Because once I found The Cosmo with its boutique concept, ice-cream sundae colour-pop rooms, super-efficient shuttle service about-town, and 24 hour check-in policy I simply never bothered to look elsewhere.

How To Go Off-Hotel In Dubai

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Asia, Dubai, Opinion, Shopping, Worldwide Vacation


Dubai’s annual shopping festival

It’s probably the perfect stopover destination, poised physically between the Far East and Europe and offering the chance to experience a truly exotic world in between. But most of Dubai’s life is centred around hotels and malls – so here’s a guide to which hotels to check into – as well as how to go ‘off-hotel’ and see the real Dubai…

A Snowy Street Photography Walk In Berlin

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Art & Culture, Berlin, Europe, Germany, Photo Journeys, Worldwide Vacation

Berlin photography

Can you think of a single city as synonymous with über-cool street life as Berlin? On my recent trip to the erstwhile divided capital this coolness extended its grip to the elements, with a sub-zero snow-covering lending an extra dimension to the urban landscape.

Shooting in the snow with frozen toes kicking fresh drifts and tingly fingers clutching lens caps was a challenge and was nicely book-ended with indoor coffee-shop and hostel-culture photo shoots and geeky chats about everything from ISO to the harder to pin down eye required for composition.

You can be the judge of whether these images from my chilly afternoon mentoring sesh with Berlin-based and Aussie-born travel and documentary photographer Katrina James warm your cockles rather than leave you cold…

In Photos – A Day Trip To Brunei

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Asia, Brunei, Photo Journeys, Worldwide Vacation

Day trip to Brunei

Souvenir stand in a Brunei Shopping Mall

I’d always wanted to visit The Sultanate of Brunei but somehow it had never happened – until circumstances brought me to the Brunei capital Bendar Seri Begawan on a great value Royal Brunei Airlines flight from Bangkok to London ‘via’ Brunei.

Of course it’s hardly on the way, in fact it’s just over two hours in the wrong direction, but I wasn’t going to argue with a free day trip to Brunei and a unique chance to explore this fascinating nation.

The flight change includes a full day and evening on the ground  - which is enough to get a good sense of the country’s pocket-sized city, and that included some amazing photo opportunities…

Ten Photos That Just Scream ‘Miami’!

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Americas, Continents, Photo Journeys, USA

Miami photos

Miami Beach

One of the most exciting things about some holiday destinations is actually seeing the touristy, clichéd and oft-photographed stuff that you’ve been dreaming about for years up close and with your own eyes, and yes, damn-well photographing them anyway just like everyone else has.

Here are ten of my favourite images from Florida’s most famous vacation spot that just yell ‘Miami, baby’ from the tops of their pastel-hued, beachy-beauty, Florida-vibed, American-twanged voices…

History & Lessons: Manila’s American Cemetery & Memorial

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Asia, Continents, The Philippines, Worldwide Vacation

The Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, The Philippines

If you have only a short time in which to experience Manila you might think that a visit to a cemetery shouldn’t be at the top of your must-do list?

But a trip to the sobering and thought-provoking American Cemetery and Memorial in Manila will pull The Philippines’ part in world history sharply into focus and underline how privileged we are to be free to travel for fun and to know we’ll make it home to friends and family in one piece…