‘Now voyager...

sail you forth to seek and find.’

(Whitman)

September 6, 2018

March 27-28, 2018

As I confessed before, I never knew Malaysia came in two parts, until I went to both halves — but it took me three weeks to connect them!

I’m going to guess that to most of you its capital, Kuala Lumpur (KL), is the best known Malay location. Until the Burj Khalifa in Dubhai took over the title, KL’s Petronas Towers were the tallest...

September 3, 2018

March 25-26, 2018

​If you’ve seen or read about the summer’s hot rom com, Crazy Rich Asians, you have some idea of the wealth and modernity and sophistication of the ‘sovereign city-state’ of Singapore. In the 53 years since its total independence from Britain, it has become what one Sun lecturer called ‘Asia’s most successful nation.’ Someone else...

March 21-22 & 29, 2018

I saw many beautiful Buddha statues in Asia, but this one in Bangkok was the most marvelous of them all. The 50-foot-high, 150-foot-long ‘Reclining Buddha,’ covered in gold leaf. Created in 1767, this is known as a curly-haired Buddha; the Thais model theirs after Indian nobility. Despite the hordes of people, this is still o...

August 17, 2018

March 25, 2018

I was pretty hard on Cambodia in my original posts. Sihanoukville was hot, crowded, dusty, and our first stop, the vast covered market, was so crammed with people trying desperately to make a living, I found it very sad. The average income per capita per annum is $2,600, making this one of the poorest countries in the world. So this t...

August 6, 2018

March 17-8, 2018

We drove by too fast for me to have our tour guide translate this billboard, but I deduce it is an 88th-anniversary tribute to the Communist Party, which Ho Chi Minh founded on March 2, 1930. Or possibly on February 3. Our guide opined that, though it’s been 45 years since the Vietnam War ended, his country hasn’t made the same prog...

August 5, 2018

I already have one convert: Lou just acquired her first Highsmith novel, on my recommendation the other day, in ‘European Jaunts To Die For.’

So here's a little more guidance in that department:

https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/tip-sheet/article/63724-10-best-patricia-highsmith-books.html

Which includes this overview: ‘Her gr...

August 4, 2018

March 8-14, 2018

There’s no nut large enough for the most populous nation on earth (1.415 billion.) Even though I visited only 4 cities, I can’t find a nut to fit. 

Tourist brochure visions of the Great Wall and the Forbidden City hadn’t prepared me for the burgeoning metropolis of Shanghai (the most populous city on earth, at 24 million — Mumbai ha...

August 3, 2018

Indulge me, if you will... again.

I am way behind in my self-indulgent re-cap of 5 months aboard the Sun... I had finished the Antipodes and some of SE Asia, and I have re-arrived in China — which is a very large subject. At the moment, I am trying to cull the best Sino photos.

But I have a good excuse: I’ve been jaunting around New England visiting...

July 21, 2018

March 2 & 4, 2018*

*When there is a gap, that means I was at sea getting from Point A to Point B

Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

So, as I learned four+ months ago, Malaysia comes in two parts: Malaysian Borneo is on Borneo, the third largest island in the world. The other half, Peninsular Malaysia, lies across the South China Sea and shares land and/or...

July 20, 2018

Let’s try that again. One respondent loved the photos. The other respondent got a gobbledigooked presentation due to the mammoth size of the link.

This should work! 

https://www.ippawards.com/

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