Category Archives: Travel related pieces

Whiskers was a Movie Star!

Upon leaving Australia for the first time in 1987, with the aim of travelling the globe as more than a tourist, I was clear as to my overriding wish – to help others if I could – but little inclined … Continue reading

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A ‘print shop’ in Da Nang

In quest of an outlet to print a couple of documents stored for safe keeping on a 16 GB flash drive, I was advised to make my way to a certain street in the neighbourhood. “You will find a print … Continue reading

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Rounding off in Colombo

“What do you want?” Not hello, how are you? or even can I help you? Rather this cut to the chase ‘greeting’ on the part of the proprietor of the net cafe on Galle Road. Still, I was getting somewhere. … Continue reading

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Manufacturing Mayhem with Metaphysical Meditations

Two English newspaper vendors are spruiking their latest editions in a public space. Unashamedly, they seek to outdo one another, not only vocally but also in the gravity of the news they have to bestow on unwitting passers-by. The graver … Continue reading

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On Dangerous Bathrooms

All looked promising enough from my first glance at the space. The abundance of wood and glass in King Fern Cottage’s reception / dining area – giving the whole a warm, modern feel – augured well. Might my room here … Continue reading

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Myanmar Days – tepid tea, nats and warm smiles

“Hot water,” repeated the young traveller sitting with his female companion a couple of tables away from me in Mandalay’s Mann Restaurant. The strong emphasis on the first word rang loud and clear and would not have been missed by … Continue reading

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New life near Chiang Rai

Ton was the first resident I met on arriving at the New Life Thai Foundation. It was a fine, hot Saturday afternoon in mid-February and I taxied my way to the complex from Chiang Rai Airport following the short flight … Continue reading

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