I've spent the last few weeks assisting the Weekend Review section of the Gulf News, run by Rajwant Sandhu, an editor from Mumbai. Weekend Review is a magazine-style weekly foldout that features in the Friday edition of the paper, and comprises of 16 pages of longform, ad-free content.

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Weekend Review papers. Photo by Natassia Chrysanthos

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A Thai comedian and an Australian intern walk into a bar. It seems the perfect start to a great article. One awkward question later, and I soon learnt, that being professionally funny is no laughing matter.

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An outfielder watches proceedings for the Kuwait Swedish Cricket Club. photo: Finn McHugh

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Dogs can also enjoy the Hwacheon Ice Festival. Photo: Swetha Das

After dodging chai wallahs and spice markets in India and losing one too many ugg boots to the maliciously deep blankets of snow in Japan, I had finally reached the final destination to my Asia trip: South Korea.

The opportunity to live in Seoul for a month has been graciously granted to me by the Australian-Korea Foundation, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trading and the University of Sydney. This fellowship enables me to experience the work culture in a foreign country, but also promote a close relationship between Australia and Korea. My work position is interning for the radio station 'Traffic Broadcasting Service' (tbs eFM), where I will write and report for the shows ‘This Morning’ with Alex Jensen and a first of its kind quiz program called ‘The Qube’.

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Sunset from a rooftop bar in Asok. Photo: Lydia Bilton

Based on previous internship experience, I expected my first week at the Bangkok Post to be slow. I was delighted to find that it was anything but.

By the end of the first week I had sipped on cocktails at some of Bangkok’s most exclusive rooftop bars, I had been wined and dined at the expense of public relations personnel and I had written my first food review. Lifestyle journalism certainly has its perks. However, this extravagant lifestyle I was living through my work, really got me thinking about Thailand’s less fortunate.

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After seven months abroad, landing in Dubai was a bittersweet moment. As the final leg of my trip, Dubai represents the last chapter of my ‘Exchange Experience’ after studying for a semester at Kings College London, jetsetting across Europe, and eating my way through China and Japan. I’m thrilled to embark on this final adventure before returning to the sweet comforts of Sydney. There is so much here in Dubai I’m looking forward to!

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Snap of the sunrise from Abu Dhabi International Airport. Photo by Alison Xiao

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The offices of the Kuwait Times. photo: Finn McHugh-Dillon

The first thing you notice in Kuwait is the cars. Cars everywhere. Cars speeding, cars honking, cars stopping abruptly as their drivers peer into shop windows, cars crammed into spaces at bizarre angles, cars reversing speedily down alleys. Cars everywhere.

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Parallax records the experiences of final year students of the B.A. (Media & Communications) degree who have won competitive overseas internships to work in Asian, Indian and Latin American media organisations.
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