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I’m making “A Life Less Ordinary” Season 2!

I am incredibly thrilled (and terrified) that I’m producing a second season of my podcast, A Life Less Ordinary! This year we’re heading to the “miracle of Asia”, Singapore! It’ll be an exciting few months of researching, writing, interviewing, filming, recording, editing, and promoting. I hope you guys fall in love with Singapore as I […]

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My last ditch attempt at making the most of Apple Music

Two years in and I still wasn’t getting even remotely closer to finding amazing music with Apple Music the way I did when I tried 90 days of Spotify Premium.  Seeing the new HomePod ad where FKA Twigs play with the fabric of time and space after she asks Siri to play something she likes […]

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Transforming Qatar into a Cultural Instigator

  A post shared by Udhara de Silva (@udhara) on Dec 21, 2017 at 3:49pm PST Sheikha Mayassa Al Thani is the Art World’s most powerful woman, who at 34 years old oversees the Qatar Museums Authority. Founded by her father, Sheikh Hamad Al Thani, QMA was established in 2005 to connect the world to […]

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Slaving Away Under Kafala

  A post shared by Udhara de Silva (@udhara) on Dec 14, 2017 at 4:09pm PST “All men are tempted. There is no man that lives that can’t be broken down, provided it is the right temptation, put in the right spot.” – Henry Ward Beecher Low-income migrant workers from South Asia and East Asia […]

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Knowledge is Power?

  The Paradise Papers have been flooding news cycles around the world, but I don’t think many of us really get why.   Bono uses them to funnel his wealth into investments in shopping malls while fighting for human rights and ending poverty. Lewis Hamilton uses them to save millions in import taxes on his […]

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A Life Less Ordinary: Conversations with Asia’s Extraordinary Individuals

I can’t believe it, but the day has finally arrived after 9 months of planning, researching, flying, recording, producing, and editing! ‘A Life Less Ordinary’ is the podcast about Asia’s extraordinary individuals. If you listen to TED Talks, Tim Ferriss, This American Life, How I Built This, or even RuPaul’s podcast, I think you’ll really […]

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The Status Quo: Made for Shattering

I finally arrived in Beirut on January 13th, 2017. I’d been dying to explore ‘the Paris of the Middle East’ for years. Lebanon did not disappoint. I made incredible friends doing inspiring things with their lives, from journalism to wine bars. I discovered Lebanese cuisine, which I thought I knew about all my life but clearly didn’t […]

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5 Life Lessons I Learned Working at Apple

I had just one dream to accompany my suitcase as I left my hometown, Sydney, for London in August 2010. As a 21 year-old aspiring songwriter and producer fresh out of university, I intended to make London my new home and writing hits for Beyoncé and Beyoncé-tier artists my new career. Standing by for Beyoncé’s […]

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My Grandmother Seela De Silva: Rebel, Adventurer, Feminist

This is my visual tribute to Archchi ? My Grandmother’s children scattered her ashes from a boat on Kalutara River in #SriLanka yesterday afternoon. The grand Kalutara Temple Stupa sits in the background. My grandmother Seela De Silva had so many wonderful dimensions but to me she was a rebel, adventurer, feminist, and artist. She was […]

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Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Hidden Tropical Hub for Digital Nomads

While Sri Lanka’s capital city Colombo isn’t the best representative of the tropical paradise most people envision the tear-shaped island to be, a growing number of interesting attractions and the city’s convenient location provide a great hub for travellers and fellow digital nomads. In this post I’ll share my perspectives on Colombo for travellers, nomads, […]