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Author: Paul

 
  • Shape-shifting Singapore:

    Shape-shifting Singapore:

    Singapore has undergone many stages in its transformation from river-settlement to world metropolis. In the 14th Century the Kingdom of Singapora reigned and fell. The 19th Century saw resurgence when the East India Company purchased the island from the local sultan. Japanese invasion and independence meant further evolution in the 20th Century. From a traveller’s point of view, in its […]

     
     
  • The King and I

    The King and I

    Of course, I never knew Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej personally; only by reputation. While a filtered view could sometimes be presented, according to accounts he was a modest figure widely respected for initiating reforms and programs, especially those benefitting poorer Thais in rural communities. Not to mention creative interests. My visits to Thailand, beginning with the first many years ago, often coincided with events […]

     
     
  • On the Monet.
Nature reflecting art?

    Otway Odyssey

    Waterfalls, lakes and primordial forest. And satin bowerbirds! These photos were taken on a recent mid-winter visit to Otway National Park in Victoria, around Apollo Bay. The highlight, mostly because I hadn’t seen it before, was Lake Elizabeth. The lake was formed in 1952 when a landslide damned a section of the East Barwon River upstream from the town of […]

     
     
  • If you can’t stand the heat get out of the Thai kitchen

    If you can’t stand the heat get out of the Thai kitchen

    (A diner’s lament) Excuse me if I be grumpy ‘Cause the throat’s lumpy Not from events of sadness It’s Thai meals sullied by blandness!   Locals innocent I remonstrate Only try to accommodate Fussy foreigners feigning forays Couldn’t they simply stay away?   They want authentic in a bubble Have adventure without the trouble To travel abroad and not leave […]

     
     
  • Breaking a little bad in Bangers

    Breaking a little bad in Bangers

    After a long day and flight made more uneventful by the current airline trend of manufacturing night during daytime voyages (I think it’s to keep passengers subdued), followed by interminable queues at Bangkok immigration, I settled my starving self into this little regular near the guesthouse for khao pad Thai pak (rice pad Thai with veggies) and pad kee mao […]

     
     
  • White Night could need a white knight

    White Night could need a white knight

    In 2016 I wondered if Melbourne’s White Night was losing its shine. After attending this year’s event the doubts remain. Again, there were great sights at the bookends, but much less to observe in between, apart from buskers. There was also a similarity about some of the displays, and perhaps it could benefit from more reinvention. IMO the event was […]

     
     
  • Mekong Motorcycle Diaries Day 8

    Mekong Motorcycle Diaries Day 8

    Thailand, 19th November, 2012. Ancient rock art, meditation caves and car accidents. Today – riding back to Nong Khai, which will end my Mekong River journey. It’s been a week of eight days. Must be a song in that somewhere. Fog and wispy cloud combined for a colourful Sangkhom sunrise. The farmer from next door passed via Dtoy’s footbridge (she […]

     
     
  • The Day AD

    The Day AD

    Further to yesterday’s post and the passing of King Bhumibol, Thailand’s much revered monarch… According to the Roof View Place receptionist, today the king’s body would be transported from the hospital to the Grand Palace, which isn’t far from here. Thais will head en masse to this part of town to pay respect, and catching a bus to anywhere else […]

     
     
  • Touching down as a King passes away

    Our plane arrived early due to favourable winds, but we landed in Bangkok to less fortuitous reports the King of Thailand had passed away. Not that I’m putting any more into this than coincidence, though visits to Thailand have often coincided with events surrounding the king. Life appeared to be proceeding as normal on the way from the airport to Phranakorn, but […]

     
     
  • Mekong Motorcycle Diaries Day 7

    Mekong Motorcycle Diaries Day 7

    Thailand. 17th November, 2012 Sunday in Sangkhom Overcast again at the rise, so I watched the long-tail boats coming and going, motoring across calm, misty waters, to and from Laos. There was more river traffic this morning, but whether it being Sunday had anything to do with that I didn’t know. I would ask Dtoy. Crossing for breakfast I encountered […]

     
     
 
 

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