Singapore ? We adore !

Back in Singapore after almost a year’s staggering about in the near, and distant, north.  All of Asia is beautiful, the people extraordinarily enchanting, decent, kind, civilised and friendly. But Singapore is something special. We all remember reading about powerful city states in ancient times, Athens, Thebes etc.  Singapore is the spiritual descendant of these, […]

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Ipoh, Malaysia

I was upset when I arrived in Ipoh.  Uncle Peter was dying.  Kristen was in Adelaide.  It was hot and sweaty.  My hotel had run out of beer.  Everything seemed to be closed.  Places that said they were open were closed. It was pissing me off big time.  I contemplated leaving straight away.  Then it […]

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Tasty Madurai Treats

When in Madurai there are some culinary delights one has to try; Halwa and jalebi from the Nagapattanam Halwa shop still drawing the crowds 119 years later – Granted it’s an ideal location on the doorstep of the Meenakshi temple. The jalebi is a sweet fried spiral, tasting a little like baklava – but without […]

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Goan…Goan…Gone !

Goa is beautiful.  Rich, layered cultures overlapping, beaches lapping at palm fringed shores, we lazing on the beach, eating fresh fresh fish to our hearts’ content, gazing about sleepily at spectacular sunsets.

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The Secret Garden (Café)

Bangkok has its own secret Café. There’s Billy in it above with the lovely Mancunian Rhiannon and her delightful pal Olga from Yekaterinaburg. But how to get there ?  Think The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and Get Smart. Go down the alley, past the barrels, stalls, garbage bins. Spot a tiny sign in front of a […]

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