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Samantha Hiew
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Sam is a feature, travel and creative writer based in London. Prior to writing, she enjoyed a fruitful decade in cancer research, landing her a job offer at Harvard Medical School. Convinced that the big world out here is able to teach her more than what is within the confines of the laboratory, she started her exploration. She currently writes from a place of simplicity and truth with the aim to throw the lights on for her readers. She will tell you the stories from her adventures which she shares on her website http://samanthahiew.com/.

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A Hut by the Lake

(0) Comments | Posted September 27, 2013 | 2:24 PM

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We arrived in the rain. As the taxi took us down a winding country road, the taxi driver said 'I'm from London, where you can be quite anonymous. But over here, everyone knows each other and is really friendly. When you see deer...
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Life on a Volcanic Island

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2013 | 6:42 PM

Skimming across the Tyrrhenian sea, one can see the Gran Cratere of Vulcano in the distance. Arriving in this volcanic island was like approaching Jurassic Park, with its steep hills of vines and trees, deserted coastline and smoking crater. Disembarking the ferry that took us here from Milazzo,...

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Chasing The Aurora Borealis To Lofoten Island (PHOTOS)

(0) Comments | Posted February 8, 2013 | 6:00 AM

Imagine a place where the pine trees, rooftops of houses in rustic villages and alpine tundra are covered in snow. The once translucent water flowing from a waterfall now frozen solid.

This is a typical winter scene where plants, animals and humans work harder on the inside than the...

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The Cutest Reason To Visit Norway (PHOTOS)

(31) Comments | Posted January 30, 2013 | 6:00 AM

When I was younger, I saw a video of thick-coated huskies pulling sledges across snowy mountains. These elegant canines commanded respect and admiration, but growing up in Malaysia, the Arctic was an unreachable and exotic place for me, and an encounter with these furry creatures was nearly impossible....

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How To Survive Moscow's Frozen Winters

(6) Comments | Posted December 28, 2012 | 6:00 AM

Moscow is one of those cities that doesn't do anything half way -- it is too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter. In December, I voluntarily packed my bags and the only Russian phrase I knew - здравствуйте ("How are you?") -- and headed toward the...

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Adventure In The Midi-Pyrénées

(1) Comments | Posted October 30, 2012 | 1:22 PM

I saw a beaver! Or was it a platypus? On board the Petit train d'Artouste traveling on one of Europe's highest railway line, I was doubtful that any animals could survive an altitude of over 2,000 m (6,562 ft). Yet here they were, not just one but a...

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