‘Now voyager...

sail you forth to seek and find.’

(Whitman)

March 31, 2018

Kuala Lumpur, March 27 — Before this trip, the name Kuala Lumpur (translated roughly as ‘muddy waters’) didn’t conjure up much except the Petronas Twin Towers. For a while, they were the tallest building(s) in the world, but ‘bloody Dubai,’ as one guide put it, has since taken that title. Malaysia now boasts it has the world’s tallest twin towers.

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March 31, 2018

Bay of Bengal, March 31 — Look who was waiting for me when I got back from a birthday dinner! (He does have another eye.)

Just got the new number: Since Miami, on December 15, we have gone 25,421 nautical miles — or 29,254 statute miles.

The equatorial circumference of the earth is 24,900. Woo-hoo!

At the end of this trek, I will add up all the mi...

March 31, 2018

Go make another cup of coffee and learn some more about Singapore. As you’ve already deduced, I found it a fascinating place...

On our second day, I took the excursion called ‘Peranakan Culture: Discover the Chinese-Malay Baba Nyonya Culture in Joo Chiat and Katong.’ Baba means males, Nyonya means females.

More of the exquisite ‘shop houses,’ though...

March 31, 2018

Singapore, March 25 — Because we were docked in the city overnight, I could go on the Night Safari excursion to the Singapore Zoo. There’s not much to show, since as it got dark, my photos got blurrier and blurrier.

But our excellent guide, Simon, who’s been doing this for 25 years, told us lots.

I promised you a view of the unusual architecture of t...

March 30, 2018

Singapore, March 25 — Caveat emptor: Most of the history and theory I’ve laid out here comes from the two on-board lecturers, one a ‘classical historian and destination lecturer,’ the other a retired diplomat and professor of international relations... with a few tidbits from our excellent guides.

This is a big topic (and you know how I can’t edit d...

March 29, 2018

Thailand’s second largest island, after Phuket.

There be elephants... but I hadn’t signed up beforehand to ride one, as many of my friends had and did. The elephant is the national animal of Thailand, and considered sacred.

Not having reserved an elephant, I decided to stay on the ship.

Shortest post yet. Now I’m only FIVE posts behind schedule. #

March 28, 2018

Bangkok, March 22 — Day 2 in Bangkok, the ‘Venice of the East.’ There was a formal royal family event at the splendiferous gold-encrusted Grand Palace in Bangkok, so we were encouraged to find something else to do. I cancelled the palace and signed up for another excursion. Glad I did: the people who did go to the palace were so crowded in the mob,...

March 26, 2018

Cambodia, March 20 — Don’t be fooled by these first two images. Cambodia is not a jewel in Asia’s crown. With a literacy rate of around 77% (84.5 for men, only 70.5 for women) and a per capita income of only $2,600, Cambodia’s 15 million residents are among the poorest in the world. After the affluence of Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Ho Chi Minh City (...

March 23, 2018

[We visited a lacquerware workshop and showroom. Eggshells, as well as mother of pearl, are used to create white or off-white areas on lacquerware.]

VIET NAM, Day #2:

Since I had been to Saigon two years ago with the Yale Alumni Chorus, I thought I was opting out of a long, long bus ride into the city from our faraway port, but I ended up back in Ho...

March 22, 2018

August 28 update: Unfortunately, I screwed up the original post, completely eliminating its introductory ¶. I have scoured the ether, but the full story is nowhere to be found. Oh well ...

​Asian elephants are smaller than African, and tend towards pink faces.

OSHA would not approve of this fellow’s working conditions... or his bare feet.

You get so...

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