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This raggedy leather cap is one I was handed down from an Irish traveller in Bangkok that has since worked its way into my normal travel gear.  Apparently having changed hands a couple times before him, as Gavan had no… Continue Reading →

Travel Theme: Center

In Bandar Seri Begawan, the small captial city of Brunei Darusalam, the whole place is centered on and built around the Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque.  This mosque serves as the religious symbol of the country and one of its… Continue Reading →

Vesali: Second City of the Rakhine

“Having built a city which is more beautiful and splendid than the city of the celestial beings as if mocking the latter city . . .” – Anandacandra Stone, Verse 21 To hear about a Lost City, one that you’ve… Continue Reading →


Normally, I don’t like taking photographs of people.  It’s awkward when they notice you viewing them quickly from the outside, and even more so when you go up and attempt asking permission to take pictures of them. Somewhere in between… Continue Reading →

The Chongqing Days: People’s Great Hall, People’s Spitting Ground

The act of spitting is commonplace in China. Easily within your first 24 hours anywhere in the country, you’ll hear the noise of someone loudly collecting every drop of available moisture in their mouth and throat before forcibly expelling it… Continue Reading →

Weekly Photo Challenge: Symmetry

Strangely, I didn’t actually recognize this photo until a friend pointed out to me how much she liked it.  In my first few weeks in Bangkok, I has taken it simply passing by a canal.  But she saw something more… Continue Reading →

Travel Theme: Doors

A year ago today, I was here in Phimai, home of a grand Angkorian-Khmer temple and the end of the Dhammasala Route.  Ringing in my birthday on a street corner bar’s table full of old British expats and their Thai… Continue Reading →

  A prelude; This is a draft that has been sitting on my computer for a while. I don’t consider it anywhere near finished, and I don’t think it’s on a subject about which I could ever capture the feelings… Continue Reading →

The Chongqing Days: Jialing Park and its Oddly Deep Mistranslated Signs

Green space is an uncommon sight inside the city of Chongqing.  Despite being a city built on rocky and hilly terrain, it has adapted with stairs up cliffs, 13-storey pedestrian walkways, and tunnels everywhere.  With all this odd construction in… Continue Reading →

Weekly Photo Challenge: Express Yourself

Outside of a bar on my first night in Chongqing out with coworkers, we found a strange anthropomorphic cat who seemed down and out.  Whether he was depressed or simply had too many, he wouldn’t say.  Still, it appeared he… Continue Reading →

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