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About me....

UPDATE: I have been to 113 (59%) of the United Nations member countries. (If I count Taiwan, Vatican, Hong Kong, and Macau, then its 118). Based on countries and territories that are politically, ethnologically or geographically different, I have been to 125 out of 324 (39%). Have spend 2,849 hours on planes!

Born and raised on a beautiful ranch north of Krugersdorp in the Transvaal province, South Africa, I left my motherland in 1988 (after enjoying a 7-year student life at the University of Johannesburg and the University of Pretoria) to explore the world. My first stop was Toronto, Canada, where I spent almost 9 years exploring Canada and the USA - from east to west, and south to north, including all corners and in-between!

My favourite places in North America are San Diego, Palm Springs, most of New England (particularly Maine), Oregon, Hawaii, Alaska, the cities of New Orleans, Seattle, Montreal, Toronto, the Cape Cabot Trail in Canada's Nova Scotia province, and British Colombia on the Canadian west coast. My favourite parks in North America are the Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park in northern California, the Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks in central California, and the Algonquin Park in Ontario, Canada.

In October 1996 my job (I'm an international marketing researcher and consultant) transferred me to Hong Kong. Since then my travels have taken me from New Zealand, Australia and the pacific islands (Vanuatu) in the far south, to the most northern Japanese islands (Hokkaido) - in northern Asia... and most of the countries in-between. My favourite places in Asia are Japan, Vietnam, Thailand, the Philippines, Myanmar (Burma), Laos, Vanuatu (southern Pacific islands), Borneo Island, Bali, and the rest of Asia! I'm an avid scuba diver (PADI) and just love the abundant sea life of the Asian waters.

On April 11th 2005 I worked my last day (for now) after spending 16 years with the same company in Toronto and Hong Kong. While it was a very difficult decision to leave them, I was long overdue to embark on my epic journey around the world to explore different cultures, to study consumers and products around the world, and to return with new insights and marketing ideas, and also awesome and inspiring pictures! My first 6 month trip (May 11 to Nov 6 2005) took me through 23 countries, mainly in eastern Europe (Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Germany and up to Norway - up far north to the Løfoten Islands north of the Arctic Circle, then Sweden, Russia, Estonia, and Finland). Then over to Toronto, Montreal and New York, and down to Chile, Peru (Inca Trail hike to the ruins of Machu Picchu), then Argentina (down to the world's most southern town of Ushuaia), then Uruguay, Bolivia, Paraguay, Brazil and up to Mexico. From there to Hawaii and back to home base: Hong Kong.

I then spent a few weeks around South Africa, then back to Brazil (Pantanal swamps), Ecuador (including Amazonia and the Galapagos Islands), Colombia, all of Central America (Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Belize, and Mexico (again) and up to Alaska. Back to Asia to do northern Thailand, Laos, Myanmar (Burma), China, Japan, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Vietnam.

Back to Hong Kong to recharge the batteries and then to South Africa and up north to explore the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Yemen, Iran, Bahrain, Jordan, Israel, Syria, Lebanon, Turkey and over to the Balkans to check out Albania, Montenegro, Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Serbia, Slovenia, Hungary (again), Romania (again), Moldova, Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania, Belarus, and Latvia....down to Azerbaijan along the Caspian sea, Georgia, Armenia, and back to Hong Kong via the UAE (Dubai) and Thailand. Tried to leave Armenia three times, but every time there was a problem with the flight so I was turned back at the airport. End up spending four more days in Armenia which allowed me to photograph a few more monasteries and while on my hikes, I managed to eat 2,540 cherries off the trees (for free) within a two-day period.

Since then I've done a couple of trips (I only list my photographic excursions and not my business trips):

  • Russia (the Golden Ring area) to photograph the domed cathedrals in the winter (for my 6th book - Frozen Zone)
  • Sumatra in Indonesia (hiking and sleeping in the jungle to photograph the orangutans in their natural habitat).
  • Borneo Island, Indonesia, to photograph the orangutans and proboscis monkeys - also in their natural habitat.
  • I lived a few months in Sweden, where I completed my PhD in 2008/9 and photographed Lapland (northern Sweden, Finland, Norway).
  • Svalbard, near the north pole to do dog sledding and snowmobiling in search of the elusive polar bears.
  • Swiss Alps, Italy, Malta, Canary Islands, Scotland, Iceland, Greenland, Spain, and Ireland.
  • South Africa: Beaches and wildlife...I go there about once a year.
  • Rice terraces and hill tribes of northern Vietnam (around the mountain town of Sapa)
  • Tibet - however the trip to Mount Everest Base Camp had to be cancelled due to a snow storm - but the rest of Tibet was awesome!
  • Northern Yunnan (Tibetan areas in the north) and Sichuan provinces of China
  • Okinawa Islands, southern Japan for some great Okinawan culture, food, and among the best marine life I have ever experienced! 
  • Kerala state in south western India. One of my greatest trips to India!  My new book: "India - The Kerala Way" now available in my online store.
  • My second trip to Burma (Myanmar) and travelled off-the-beaten-track in the southeastern regions.  Such a lovely place with lovely people.
  • A second visit to Iran to explore the south east and up to the far northeast near Azerbaijan and Armenia and along the Caspian Sea. This trip was filled with new friendships, snowy mountain villages, deserts, a lot of train travel, and even a 5.5 earthquake which caused the chandeliers to violently shake. Photos from this trip and my 2007 visit to Iran will be in my upcoming book: "IRAN · Persian Colours" now available in my online store.
  • Cambodia again, this time to photograph the "Killing Fields" where millions of people were tortured and killed by the Khmer Rouge regime between 1975 and 1979. I also visited the Genocide Museum in Phnom Pehn.
  • Borneo Island again to further explore Sabah State of Eastern Malaysia and to photograph more of my favourite monkeys - the long-nose proboscis monkey (nasalis larvatus) in their natural habitat.
  • Brunei - an amazing little country on Borneo Island ruled by the super-rich Sultan of Brunei (Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah) who has reigned here since 4th October 1967. 
  • Xian in Shaanxi province of China to photograph the impressive Terracotta Warriors. These 8000+ statues of soldiers and horses were buried with Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China, in 210–209 BC and their purpose was to protect the emperor in his afterlife.  An amazing sight so I brought back lovely photos. I had to cancel my 4 day hike into Huashan mountain due to rain. Huashan offers some of the most dangerous mountain hikes in the world. I'll be back when the rain is gone
  • Central Asia (Western Xinjiang province of China, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Afghanistan). An amazing trip indeed! Just loved it!
  • France and Luxembourg.
  • Koh Phayam, Thailand: South western Thai island immediately south of the Myanmar border in the beautiful Andaman sea. Chiang Mai in northern Thailand.
  • Yangon, Myanmar.
  • Phuket, Koh Phi Phi, and Aonang Beach near Krabi, Thailand.
  • Baa Atoll, Maldives.  Paradise on earth.
  • Cape Town and up along the east coast, then to a private game reserve in the north of South Africa.
  • Kurdistan, northern Iraq (July 2014, postponed due to the ISIS war).
  • The city of Kuwait (July 2014, postponed)
  • Qatar (July 2014, postponed)
  • Hiking in the Karakorom, Hindu Kush and Himalayas mountain ranges of northern Pakistan (glaciers, lakes, snow capped mountains).
  • Goroka (for the tribal sing-sing dance festival), and other amazing places on the island of Papua New Guinea.
  • Private game reserve in the north of South Africa.
  • Moscow and Veliky Novgorod, Russia.
  • Northern Honshu, Japan.
  • Southern Thailand.
  • Portugal, Morocco, Italy, Spain, San Marino, Liechtenstein, Germany, Austria, Switzerland.
  • Lesotho and South Africa
  • Indonesia and East Timor
  • Upcoming trips for after 2016: Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Mozambique, Botswana, and Mongolia.
Based on these, and prior travels, I have to date (July 2016) published ten books and seven magazines (check them in my online store):
  • Globerovers Vol 4, No 1: The 7th issue (July 2016, 190 pages). The cover story is Uyuni Salt Flats of Bolivia. Other articles are from Bangladesh, Armenia, Myanmar, Central America, Romania, Japan, Cuba, China and many more.
  • Globerovers Vol 3, No 2: The 6th issue (December 2015, 212 pages). This special Issue is an "Intrepid Destination Guide".  Plan you upcoming trips!
  • Globerovers Vol 3, No 1: The 5th issue (July 2015, 196 pages). The cover story is northern Pakistan. Other articles are from China, Ukraine, Canary Islands, and Sweden, with photo essays from Syria, Nepal, Russia and Papua New Guinea.
  • Globerovers Vol 2, No 2: The 4th issue (December 2014, 232 pages) is a Special Issue dedicated to "50 Incredible Destinations".
  • Globerovers Vol 2, No 1: The 3rd issue (July 2014, 168 pages). The cover story is Central Asia with nine other incredible destinations.
  • Globerovers Vol 1, No 2: The 2nd issue (Dec. 2013, 208 pages) of the Globerovers Magazine is a Special Edition entitled "Faces in Far Away Places" and is a showcase of portraits from across 15 selected countries.  
  • Globerovers Vol 1, No 1. This inaugural issue (July 2013, 160 pages)  is a glossy page magazine with photographs and text. The cover story is "IRAN - Persian Colours". Among the other 10 articles are "Around Iceland in 10 days", "Myanmar's Mon state", "India - the Kerala Way", "Yunnan's Tibetan Region", "Galapagos Islands of Ecuador", "Japan's Winter Wonderland", "Hiking the Himalayas to Mount Everest", "Climbing Nicaragua's "Volcán Concepción", and "Tibet - Land of the Bhikkhu".
  • "IRAN - Persian Colours" (June 2013 - 440 pages)
  • "India: The Kerala Way" (May 2013 - 215 pages)
  • "Incredible Destinations" (November 2011 - 440 pages)
  • "Wildlife" (October 2011 - 360 pages)
  • "Frozen Zone" (June 2011 - 440 pages)
  • "Bangladesh" (January 2011 - 440 pages)
  • "Burma - Land of Tambadipa" (December 2010 - 440 pages)
  • "Seven Ages of Man" (January 2010 - 225 pages)
  • "Crossing Borders - A race against time" (December 2009 - 440 pages)
  • "Unveiling Our Enigmatic World: The earthly explorations of 'Globerovers'" (October 2008 - 320 pages)
  • On my wish-list to do (Whenever I have time.... and that won't be soon. Tired to dedicate weekends and late nights to work on my books):
    • "In the Sand Prints of Freya Stark: An Arabian Odyssey"
    • "Hong Kong - Then and Now"
I'm still in Hong Kong (more than 18 years and loving it!) ...recently completed my Ph.D in Sweden, established my own marketing research and consulting firm, and every day realise just how good life is.

Whenever I have some time off again, I hope to get to North Korea, Ethiopia, and Morocco ....all Deo Volente.

Life is beautiful....and then we die!