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Robert Michael Poole has written for a wide variety of magazines, newspaper and new media sources such as: AP, CNN, MTV, Interview, the Wall Street Journal, and global inflight travel magazines.

Robert Michael Poole has written for a wide variety of magazines, newspaper and new media sources such as: AP, CNN, MTV, Interview, the Wall Street Journal, and global inflight travel magazines. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of Culture+Travel and Head of Asia at Blouin Artinfo.


Where RMP is going NEXT...

2018 February / #129 Micronesia

Yap Island Festival, Pohnpei, Chuuk and Kosrae! Here I come!

Selected Articles:

Travel mSafari 2017 September

IN A HEART BEAT – Guide to Nairobi

by Robert Michael Poole

Situated among famous surroundings, NAIROBI is often overlooked. But this city’s BEATING HEART is kicking up dust, and people are taking notice.

IT’S EARLY MORNING. As sunlight glitters across the glass façades that puncture the sky from downtown, a light breeze strokes the city streets before disappearing into a wide blue sky that opens onto the Great Rift Valley and Maasai Mara. Nairobi is a city in its element, snug in its multi-cultural complexity and teeming with the sort of treasures many only associate with the better-known urban meccas like Dubai, Tokyo and New York. (Full article in print-only mSafari (Kenya Airways)

Travel The Guardian 2017 July

Nomad games: traditional wrestling, archery and horse racing in southern Mongolia

by Robert Michael Poole

Every year in the Gobi desert, nomads from hundreds of miles gather for their traditional festival of Naadam, which has been on Unesco’s intangible cultural heritage list since 2010.

Travel Centre 2016 November

Panama’s Pure Paradise

by Robert Michael Poole

The Kuna Indians preserve an untainted culture on a string of hundreds of Caribbean islands.

This chain of 378 mostly uninhabited specks of land spread out from the Gulf of Guna Yala like a streak of skimming stones breaking the surface, and upon them, tens of thousands of Kuna have resisted modernization, only swapping body paint for clothes that mimic the same elaborate patterns once daubed on their skin. (Full article in print-only Centre Magazine)

  • Photography

    Inspired by French-Vietnamese Director Tran Anh Hung’s masterpiece "The Vertical Ray of the Sun," my works have appeared across international media and are available upon request or assignment.

  • Photography

    Inspired by French-Vietnamese Director Tran Anh Hung’s masterpiece "The Vertical Ray of the Sun," my works have appeared across international media and are available upon request or assignment.

  • Photography

    Inspired by French-Vietnamese Director Tran Anh Hung’s masterpiece "The Vertical Ray of the Sun," my works have appeared across international media and are available upon request or assignment.

Photography

Inspired by French-Vietnamese Director Tran Anh Hung’s masterpiece "The Vertical Ray of the Sun," my works have appeared across international media and are available upon request or assignment.

blog

Follow a personal account of my escapades around Asia and the world via images, tales and anecdotes.

En Route to the Land of Happiness

2015 December

Taking Druk Air from Bangkok via India and on past the Himalayas as I head to the Land of the Thunder Dragon – Bhutan!

The Greek Parliament in Athens (#96)

2015 June

“There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance.” ― Socrates

The Blue Hole – St Barts (#88)

2015 February

A short hike around the north peninsula of Saint Barthelemy leads to two lovely crystal clear pools, constantly filled and refilled by the crashing waves of the Atlantic.

“As You Were” at Tokyo International Film Festival

2014 October

Went to the World Premiere of “As You Were” by Singapore’s Liao Jiekai at Tokyo International Film Festival. The film explored the failing relationship of childhood sweetheart’s as they discover that time apart during their formative years, during which they are separated, has seen them develop in to different people that can no longer connect.

Though almost a silent film, the tale had a lot to say about how shared memories construct false realities that don’t always empower the here & now with the weight or meaning that they appear they should. Thus, we must always communicate with people from the past with respect and honesty, but never be afraid to live for the present.

A flawed film narratively, but it struck a chord.

Discovering Habitat 67

2014 October

An Indian summer in Montreal means a chance to wander and explore on foot, and I couldn’t resist a stop by Moshe Safdie’s Habitat.

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Love in the Shadows – Toronto, Canada #33

2014 October

Safekeeping feelings at the Distillery District, Toronto…

The Gooderham Building – Toronto, Canada #33

2014 September

Lining up the skylines of 1892 and 2014 on Front Street in downtown Toronto, where the Gooderham Building stands as testament to the era of Flatiron buildings.

Propaganda Cafe – Vietnam #73

2014 September

While in search of the Saigon’s Independence Palace, I felt like a small bite in a local eatery. The bright colors pulled me in to this charmer, where a mural celebrating the communist ideal of rural life adorns the walls. It’s suitably named – Propaganda Cafe.

Shrimp, clams and crabs…

2014 September

Found fresh food at a restaurant on stilts above a lake on the way to Danang in central Vietnam (#73). The procedure was simple, point at various creatures swimming in randomly spread buckets on the floor, and eat them a few minutes later.

Down by the river in Hoi An, Vietnam (#73)

2014 September

It was the first stop on my adventure across Vietnam, the UNESCO-listed town of Hoi An. Its tiny size enhances the feeling of it being clustered with tourists, but down by the river, its possible to find calm and quiet to imagine its heyday as a trading port.

Peace in Prasat Tao, Cambodia (#72)

2014 July

After meeting a local Cambodian, took an adventure to visit their family in Kong Stueng Saen, central Cambodia. With uncles, aunts, nephews and nieces, we went for a picnic in the forest, and found Prasat Tao of the Pre-Angkorian temple complex of Sambor Prei Kuk sitting peacefully, with no-one else around.

An Island’s Island. Exploring Atauro, East Timor (#71)

2014 June

At 15,410 sq km, East Timor is itself one of the world’s smallest countries. The temptation to make one more step over water to an even smaller island is strong though, and so on my third day exploring, I got up at 5 a.m. and prepared for a morning “ferry” over a crevasse that dips 3500 meters below sea level, to Atauro.

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Ermera, East Timor (#71). Where your Starbucks coffee comes from…

2014 June

Timor Leste, as it is known locally, has become a major producer of coffee. Yet the people who grow it live in extreme poverty. I went to explore the mountainous regions to see for myself the life of coffee bean pickers.

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#70 Maldives – Olhuveli

2014 June

Spent a week on the lowest lying country in the world for a spot of diving and relaxation. Have uploaded some of the images I managed to capture in “Photography.”

798 Art Zone

Discovering My Wings

2014 April

I discovered the vibrant 798 Art Zone in Beijing in January, between 50-year-old military factory buildings. As well as galleries and cafes I stumbled across a 3-D trick art museum, ideal for those with aspirations to become heavenly creatures!

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Kyoto’s Kamo River

2014 March

Oh Kyoto… My favorite city. Beautiful blue sky over Kamo river right now.

Interview in The Independent

2014 March

The Independent’s Arts section interviewed me about Japan’s declining music market bringing down global sales. I let them know, things aren’t exactly as they appear…

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Westland National Park

Westland National Park, New Zealand

2014 March

The enormous Fox Glacier in Westland national park after a morning hike.

Shirakawago

Shirakawa Village

2014 March

The UNESCO-listed town of Shirakawa-go in the Japanese Alps.

Southwick

Southwark Architecture, London

2014 March

Discovered an upside down shop and building in Southwark, London. Impressive detail.