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Jetset: Robin Esrock

What's one destination that's always eluded you and why?

Wednesday, 22 July, 2009, 12:00am

Urban Jungle

On a recent trip to Yunnan province to visit the majestic Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, I had the opportunity to stay with some locals I had met on an earlier trip. It was a beautiful place, dreamlike and lost in time. It was also a humbling trip; I felt quite ashamed of how little I know of China's geography compared with that of Australia, where I was brought up.

17 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Dirt on hotel doesn't check out

Hong Kong has long boasted some of the world's finest and most exclusive hotels.

Now it can also lay claim to one of the dirtiest - according to a top travellers' website.

The Imperial Hotel, in Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, has been named the third dirtiest in Asia-Pacific by users of the internet travel site Tripadvisor.com.

8 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Pest management beats the bugs

Bugs, say pest control experts, can make us very sick. Cockroaches spread germs associated with a host of illnesses from gastroenteritis and conjunctivitis to urinary tract infections, wound infections and meningitis. Rat fleas can transmit bubonic plague. Mosquitoes spread dengue fever and Japanese encephalitis. Bedbugs cause welts, swelling and sometimes allergic reactions.

18 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Year of the Bug bites into the Big Apple

New York

The Year of the Rat is fast approaching, but New York councillor Gale Brewer has already declared this the Year of the Bug. No, she is not confused about the lunar calendar, she is worried that bedbugs may have outpaced rats and other pests to become the No1 household enemy of New Yorkers.

29 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Tiny insect friends and foes make a hearty meal out of their work

Apart from the millennium bug, many living insects are a nui sance to humans.

Some harm crops and carry plant diseases while others feed on human blood and pass on diseases.

But not all bugs are harmful, some serve as food for fish and other animals, while others at tack weeds and help farmers.

25 Jan 2000 - 12:00am