Jamie Carter

Jamie Carter

Jamie has been writing about travel, technology and astronomy for SCMP.com for almost a decade. He's visited over 60 countries, picking up travel hacks and tech tips along the way. However, he's usually in search of wilderness and dark skies to indulge his joint interests of photography and stargazing. Astronomy and travel clash in his latest venture, WhenIsTheNextEclipse.com

Latest from Jamie Carter

Cheap city breaks: Bangkok, Shanghai, New Delhi, and even Singapore ranked among 10 lowest cost destinations for a weekend holiday

Bangkok, Taipei, Seoul and (yes!) Singapore among the 10 cheapest cities for a weekend break, but Hong Kong among the five most expensive of 30 surveyed; rankings may put Chinese cities on the radar of budget travellers.

26 Nov 2019 - 10:47AM

Bangkok, Taipei, Seoul and (yes!) Singapore among the 10 cheapest cities for a weekend break, but Hong Kong among the five most expensive of 30 surveyed; rankings may put Chinese cities on the radar of budget travellers.

Cheap city breaks: Bangkok, Shanghai, New Delhi, and even Singapore ranked among 10 lowest cost destinations for a weekend holiday
Review | These swimming headphones use bone conduction to send sound waves to your inner ear: AfterShokz Xtrainerz review

The AfterShokz Xtrainerz bone-conduction underwater headphones send sound through your temporal bones directly to your inner ear. The sound quality is surprisingly good, especially when used with the included ear plugs.

9 Nov 2019 - 8:01PM

The AfterShokz Xtrainerz bone-conduction underwater headphones send sound through your temporal bones directly to your inner ear. The sound quality is surprisingly good, especially when used with the included ear plugs.

These swimming headphones use bone conduction to send sound waves to your inner ear: AfterShokz Xtrainerz review
Review | Rocksete vintage-style keyboard and compact workstation: looks odd, sounds great

Rocksete is a mechanical keyboard that has a flip up stand that can hold any touch screen device. The JBL wireless speakers and general sound quality are highlights; the revving engine sound, not so much.

28 Oct 2019 - 8:00PM

Rocksete is a mechanical keyboard that has a flip up stand that can hold any touch screen device. The JBL wireless speakers and general sound quality are highlights; the revving engine sound, not so much.

Rocksete vintage-style keyboard and compact workstation: looks odd, sounds great
Best selfie phone? Vivo V17 Pro review: dual pop-up front cameras a world first

Perfect for selfie lovers, the Vivo V17 Pro’s front-facing 32MP camera and 8MP super wide-angle lens capture selfies and ‘wefies’ like few other phones while allowing for a notch-less 6.4-inch display.

25 Oct 2019 - 3:09PM

Perfect for selfie lovers, the Vivo V17 Pro’s front-facing 32MP camera and 8MP super wide-angle lens capture selfies and ‘wefies’ like few other phones while allowing for a notch-less 6.4-inch display.

Best selfie phone? Vivo V17 Pro review: dual pop-up front cameras a world first
Why Bhutan, ‘world’s last Shangri-La’, tops Lonely Planet’s 2020 best places to visit list

The annual Lonely Planet Best in Travel book names Bhutan as the ‘best country’ to visit for 2020, with England and North Macedonia listed in second and third place, respectively. We find out why.

22 Oct 2019 - 3:14PM

The annual Lonely Planet Best in Travel book names Bhutan as the ‘best country’ to visit for 2020, with England and North Macedonia listed in second and third place, respectively. We find out why.

Why Bhutan, ‘world’s last Shangri-La’, tops Lonely Planet’s 2020 best places to visit list
Review | Peakago review: neither a laptop nor a tablet, but useful for business travellers with its keyboard, 7-inch touch screen and compact size

Genuinely useful for the business traveller, the Peakago, which is made in Hong Kong, has Wi-fi, Bluetooth and plenty of ports and connectors. A budget portable computer, it runs on Windows 10, has a real keyboard and folds in half.

12 Oct 2019 - 4:04PM

Genuinely useful for the business traveller, the Peakago, which is made in Hong Kong, has Wi-fi, Bluetooth and plenty of ports and connectors. A budget portable computer, it runs on Windows 10, has a real keyboard and folds in half.

Peakago review: neither a laptop nor a tablet, but useful for business travellers with its keyboard, 7-inch touch screen and compact size
E-reader that plays video: Onyx Boox Max3 review – amazing battery life, screen mimics writing on paper

Power-saving e-ink tech has been around since the Kindle was introduced, but no such device has been able to offer users such a seamless video-viewing experience – until now.

6 Oct 2019 - 7:34PM

Power-saving e-ink tech has been around since the Kindle was introduced, but no such device has been able to offer users such a seamless video-viewing experience – until now.

E-reader that plays video: Onyx Boox Max3 review – amazing battery life, screen mimics writing on paper
5G, Amazon TVs, folding phones, oh and 8K: IFA 2019 round-up

This year’s IFA tech show saw the arrival of Huawei’s 5G chipset, Samsung’s relaunched Galaxy Fold and one of the best sets of desktop speakers ever, while Amazon’s TV announcement is sure to worry established TV brands.

18 Sep 2019 - 9:41AM

This year’s IFA tech show saw the arrival of Huawei’s 5G chipset, Samsung’s relaunched Galaxy Fold and one of the best sets of desktop speakers ever, while Amazon’s TV announcement is sure to worry established TV brands.

5G, Amazon TVs, folding phones, oh and 8K: IFA 2019 round-up
Four smart home innovations for peace of mind on your travels – to feed your cats and plants and keep house secure

At IFA 2019 consumer technology fair in Berlin, smart home gadgets that come into their own when you’re away were a theme. And once you get home, there’s a cloud app to gather family members’ photos into albums.

10 Sep 2019 - 7:42PM

At IFA 2019 consumer technology fair in Berlin, smart home gadgets that come into their own when you’re away were a theme. And once you get home, there’s a cloud app to gather family members’ photos into albums.

Four smart home innovations for peace of mind on your travels – to feed your cats and plants and keep house secure
IFA 2019 – five weird tech ideas, from smartphone with slide-out keyboard to musical sunglasses

The annual IFA consumer electronics fair in Berlin, Germany, is the place to discover gadgets you’ve never thought you might need … until now, such as sunglasses you can make calls and listen to music with, or a cat-shaped therapy robot.

9 Sep 2019 - 2:51PM

The annual IFA consumer electronics fair in Berlin, Germany, is the place to discover gadgets you’ve never thought you might need … until now, such as sunglasses you can make calls and listen to music with, or a cat-shaped therapy robot.

IFA 2019 – five weird tech ideas, from smartphone with slide-out keyboard to musical sunglasses
Where to see the next seven eclipses in Asia – solar, lunar, blood moons, annular – from now until 2028

From Oman to New Zealand, these are the places in Asia-Pacific to see the next eclipses, including the longest total eclipse between now and the year 2132.

18 Jul 2019 - 2:16PM

From Oman to New Zealand, these are the places in Asia-Pacific to see the next eclipses, including the longest total eclipse between now and the year 2132.

Where to see the next seven eclipses in Asia – solar, lunar, blood moons, annular – from now until 2028
Half-blood moon eclipse over Asia: best time to see the partial lunar eclipse on July 17

A partial lunar eclipse will occur just before dawn on Wednesday, July 17 in Asia. For Asia, the moon will turn 65 per cent blood red when it is close to setting in the western sky.

9 Jul 2019 - 6:43PM

A partial lunar eclipse will occur just before dawn on Wednesday, July 17 in Asia. For Asia, the moon will turn 65 per cent blood red when it is close to setting in the western sky.

Half-blood moon eclipse over Asia: best time to see the partial lunar eclipse on July 17
China and Japan the top Asia bucket list destinations; Hong Kong edges out Singapore, Phuket the top city

Phuket is the most popular Asian destination, appearing on almost half of all bucket lists, followed by Tokyo and Hong Kong. China’s Great Wall and Forbidden City and Japan’s Mount Fuji are the top tourist attractions.

29 Jun 2019 - 7:13PM

Phuket is the most popular Asian destination, appearing on almost half of all bucket lists, followed by Tokyo and Hong Kong. China’s Great Wall and Forbidden City and Japan’s Mount Fuji are the top tourist attractions.

China and Japan the top Asia bucket list destinations; Hong Kong edges out Singapore, Phuket the top city
Trendy Asia vs emerging Europe: Hong Kong travel habits revealed, and the best time to book flights

There has been a surge of interest among Hongkongers in short breaks in Chiang Mai, Da Nang and Fukuoka this summer, while the top trending long-haul destinations include Copenhagen, Zurich, Athens, Melbourne and Sydney.

22 Jun 2019 - 8:35PM

There has been a surge of interest among Hongkongers in short breaks in Chiang Mai, Da Nang and Fukuoka this summer, while the top trending long-haul destinations include Copenhagen, Zurich, Athens, Melbourne and Sydney.

Trendy Asia vs emerging Europe: Hong Kong travel habits revealed, and the best time to book flights
Singapore Airlines slips to second best, Cathay Pacific up to fourth in Skytrax World Airline Awards

Flag carrier of Qatar bags four awards, as does Singapore Airlines, which slips to second place in world’s best rankings; Cathay Pacific up to fourth; Philippine Airlines voted World’s Most Improved Airline.

20 Jun 2019 - 7:26AM

Flag carrier of Qatar bags four awards, as does Singapore Airlines, which slips to second place in world’s best rankings; Cathay Pacific up to fourth; Philippine Airlines voted World’s Most Improved Airline.

Singapore Airlines slips to second best, Cathay Pacific up to fourth in Skytrax World Airline Awards
Uber air taxi designs: six eVTOL vehicles that could take you on your first trip

Boeing, Embraer and Bell are among several companies that are building air transport vehicles that Uber could adopt for its air taxi service, which it plans to launch commercially in 2023.

19 Jun 2019 - 7:00PM

Boeing, Embraer and Bell are among several companies that are building air transport vehicles that Uber could adopt for its air taxi service, which it plans to launch commercially in 2023.

Uber air taxi designs: six eVTOL vehicles that could take you on your first trip
Sony LSPX-S2 glass 360-degree Bluetooth speaker review: stunning sound, but only with the right music

Stylish, expensive and built around unusual tech, the LSPX-S2 Glass Sound Speaker is an alluring product that can deliver incredible sound, but suffers from a lack of native 360-degree music.

9 Jun 2019 - 7:25PM

Stylish, expensive and built around unusual tech, the LSPX-S2 Glass Sound Speaker is an alluring product that can deliver incredible sound, but suffers from a lack of native 360-degree music.

Sony LSPX-S2 glass 360-degree Bluetooth speaker review: stunning sound, but only with the right music
What your choice of phone says about your holiday preferences, and how travel booking app responds

Your choice of phone says a lot about your travel preferences, a booking website says. Owners of high-end Huawei and Samsung phones are most likely to choose the priciest rooms; one travel app will soon skew search results based on handsets.

2 Jun 2019 - 6:33PM

Your choice of phone says a lot about your travel preferences, a booking website says. Owners of high-end Huawei and Samsung phones are most likely to choose the priciest rooms; one travel app will soon skew search results based on handsets.

What your choice of phone says about your holiday preferences, and how travel booking app responds
Ranked: world’s most dangerous countries to travel in and the deadliest ways to travel

China is the second most dangerous place to drive in, while India is the least safe country to travel in by road or rail. The US is the most dangerous place to fly in and American Airlines is the deadliest carrier, experts say.

29 May 2019 - 3:09AM

China is the second most dangerous place to drive in, while India is the least safe country to travel in by road or rail. The US is the most dangerous place to fly in and American Airlines is the deadliest carrier, experts say.

Ranked: world’s most dangerous countries to travel in and the deadliest ways to travel
The best cities for Instagram photos, selfies, sexy poses – New York, London, Jakarta score, Hong Kong surprises

It’s no surprise London and New York are Instagramers’ most loved cities, but the No. 1 city in Asia will be a surprise to some; so too will the top cities for ‘sexually suggestive’ photos on the social media site.

8 May 2019 - 7:46PM

It’s no surprise London and New York are Instagramers’ most loved cities, but the No. 1 city in Asia will be a surprise to some; so too will the top cities for ‘sexually suggestive’ photos on the social media site.

The best cities for Instagram photos, selfies, sexy poses – New York, London, Jakarta score, Hong Kong surprises
Cheap flights: Hong Kong to Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand – year-round bargains according to the data

Skyscanner research based on two years of booking details has found which places in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand are the cheapest to fly to from Hong Kong, as well as which have seen the biggest price drops.

24 Apr 2019 - 5:36AM

Skyscanner research based on two years of booking details has found which places in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand are the cheapest to fly to from Hong Kong, as well as which have seen the biggest price drops.

Cheap flights: Hong Kong to Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand – year-round bargains according to the data
Climbing Sri Lankan holy mountain Adam’s Peak – and four other temple trails in Asia

Seeing the sunrise from the top of Adam’s Peak requires a five-hour night climb up 5,000 steps – it’s not for the faint-hearted; the 2,243-metre peak is a pilgrimage site revered by Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims and Christians.

14 Apr 2019 - 7:06PM

Seeing the sunrise from the top of Adam’s Peak requires a five-hour night climb up 5,000 steps – it’s not for the faint-hearted; the 2,243-metre peak is a pilgrimage site revered by Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims and Christians.

Climbing Sri Lankan holy mountain Adam’s Peak – and four other temple trails in Asia
Singapore Airlines best in world in TripAdvisor rankings again; Cathay Pacific misses top 10

Cathay Pacific misses out on global top 10, and isn’t ranked among top Asian airlines, while Singapore Airlines is also rated world’s best economy-class carrier; Asian airlines dominate, but Emirates, Qatar Airways also in world’s top five.

3 Apr 2019 - 11:47AM

Cathay Pacific misses out on global top 10, and isn’t ranked among top Asian airlines, while Singapore Airlines is also rated world’s best economy-class carrier; Asian airlines dominate, but Emirates, Qatar Airways also in world’s top five.

Singapore Airlines best in world in TripAdvisor rankings again; Cathay Pacific misses top 10
Four action cameras, from Sony to Canon to Ricoh, to improve your photo experience

Whether it’s a super zoom, an ultra compact or a 360 degree camera, these gadgets will up your photo game. We look at the Insta360 Evo, the Canon PowerShot SX70 HS, the Ricoh Theta Z1 and the Sony RX0 II.

31 Mar 2019 - 6:21PM

Whether it’s a super zoom, an ultra compact or a 360 degree camera, these gadgets will up your photo game. We look at the Insta360 Evo, the Canon PowerShot SX70 HS, the Ricoh Theta Z1 and the Sony RX0 II.

Four action cameras, from Sony to Canon to Ricoh, to improve your photo experience
3D 360 degree cameras go head to head: Vuze XR vs QooCam

The Vuze XR comes out ahead of the QooCam in resolution, build, stability and ease of use. The QooCam allows users to refocus 3D images after shooting and has better imaging options.

31 Mar 2019 - 6:21PM

The Vuze XR comes out ahead of the QooCam in resolution, build, stability and ease of use. The QooCam allows users to refocus 3D images after shooting and has better imaging options.

3D 360 degree cameras go head to head: Vuze XR vs QooCam
Wellness at airports: Frankfurt services best, LAX worst; Hong Kong, Singapore in top five

Twenty-five international airports were ranked on the quality and availability of stress reduction facilities. Frankfurt ranked first, followed by Amsterdam and Dubai. Hong Kong came fifth behind Singapore. LAX was last.

29 Mar 2019 - 2:29AM

Twenty-five international airports were ranked on the quality and availability of stress reduction facilities. Frankfurt ranked first, followed by Amsterdam and Dubai. Hong Kong came fifth behind Singapore. LAX was last.

Wellness at airports: Frankfurt services best, LAX worst; Hong Kong, Singapore in top five
An island idyll in Cambodia – and five other less travelled islands in Asia to avoid the crowds

Koh Rong Samloem is remote enough for all but the adventurous traveller; and it’s not alone – learn about five other Asian island idylls, from forested Yakushima, Japan, to the coral reefs of India’s Havelock Island.

21 Mar 2019 - 6:16AM

Koh Rong Samloem is remote enough for all but the adventurous traveller; and it’s not alone – learn about five other Asian island idylls, from forested Yakushima, Japan, to the coral reefs of India’s Havelock Island.

An island idyll in Cambodia – and five other less travelled islands in Asia to avoid the crowds
How technology and AI are helping hotels give more personal service

An AI assistant developed by a Hong Kong-based firm gives hotel staff information on the guests around them, such as name, VIP status, native language – and even where they might be going.

15 Mar 2019 - 10:24AM

An AI assistant developed by a Hong Kong-based firm gives hotel staff information on the guests around them, such as name, VIP status, native language – and even where they might be going.

How technology and AI are helping hotels give more personal service
Best bleisure destinations in Asia: Tokyo top ahead of Singapore and Hong Kong, according to new report

Tokyo topped the list by the Economist Intelligence Unit while other cities might want to take note of a travel segment growing quickly, especially among younger millennial corporate travellers.

12 Mar 2019 - 7:51PM

Tokyo topped the list by the Economist Intelligence Unit while other cities might want to take note of a travel segment growing quickly, especially among younger millennial corporate travellers.

Best bleisure destinations in Asia: Tokyo top ahead of Singapore and Hong Kong, according to new report
Japan’s cherry blossom season: best dates to catch sakura festival – and why Hongkongers are flocking there

If you want to experience cherry blossoms in full bloom without spending a fortune, head to Japan’s Kyushu island, or go to South Korea instead.

5 Mar 2019 - 8:28PM

If you want to experience cherry blossoms in full bloom without spending a fortune, head to Japan’s Kyushu island, or go to South Korea instead.

Japan’s cherry blossom season: best dates to catch sakura festival – and why Hongkongers are flocking there