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422 Views | 5 Comments | 0 Articles | 10/21/2017 9:06:13 PM

My best mate, of more than 20 years, moved to Australia about 9 years ago. He and his wife have just returned from their first trip abroad. Their desination - Bali. Read more…

561 Views | 10 Comments | 0 Articles | 8/5/2017 9:25:48 PM

Nothing—not sex, not politics, not money issues—is more important to a relationship/marriage than communication. You might read somewhere that money issues are the single biggest reason for divorce, but dig down and you will find that it was not the money that caused the breakup but the inability to communicate about finances—and often anything else for that matter. Read more…

573 Views | 7 Comments | 0 Articles | 4/14/2017 3:40:08 PM

The two cars that interested me were both double cab pick up trucks. One an Isuzu D Max and the other a Nissan Navarra. Noi was right, today was my turn to go shopping - for wheels. Read more…

528 Views | 3 Comments | 0 Articles | 4/14/2017 3:17:49 PM

The more I read about the Chiang Mai company, the better it got. It was owned and operated by an American guy. I know that in itself did not prevent being ripped off but there was something reassuring about dealing with him. I did not relish spending money on a car with a Thai dealership. That isn’t a racist sentiment. It is a fact. There are too many cross cultural issues and the language barrier in dealing with Thai businesses.  Besides, I was looking for a used vehicle. If it had been otherwise, then I would have trusted the Thai main dealerships to buy a new car. Warranties are warranties, right? Read more…

836 Views | 4 Comments | 0 Articles | 8/4/2016 9:24:45 AM

All three of us set off to view the house. It was on the northern outskirts of Kanchanaburi. Despite my GPS, I had difficulty finding the location. The road appeared to peter out. Just a gate and a track to the left where the road came to an abrupt end. I turned down the track. Read more…

762 Views | 5 Comments | 0 Articles | 8/4/2016 9:10:11 AM

This was my first trip to Thailand. My first real experience of Asia and Asian culture. Many years before, I had a two-night stopover in KL on my way to Australia. I don’t count that as truly experiencing Asia. I wasn’t there long enough. I stayed at a Shangi-La hotel catering for western tourists and ate western food in their fine restaurant. I hardly mixed with local people apart from a tiring walk through the thronged and narrow flea market at Chinatown’s Petaling Street. Read more…

920 Views | 4 Comments | 0 Articles | 6/5/2016 5:49:01 PM

It was sunset as I drove through the congested toll roads of Bangkok in the rented Hilux. The setting red sun shimmered and reflected on the plate glass of the high rise downtown buildings. It was going to take several hours to reach Noi’s home town of Kampheang Phet. I had the foresight to bring my GPS with me from England so I was confident that I would not get lost. Progress was slow on the toll roads, ironically called expressways, partly owing to the time of day as it was rush hour. Partly, owing to toll booths only being about two miles apart. I would stop at one and pay. In no time at all, I was forced to stop and pay at the next booth! And, the one after that! Read more…

897 Views | 4 Comments | 0 Articles | 3/24/2016 11:53:50 AM

Our taxi driver had said little during the journey from the airport to Patong. He had exchanged a few words in Thai with Noi but that was at the Tesco Lotus superstore. The taxi took about another twenty minutes before we reached our hotel but not before negotiating the notorious Telegraph Hill on the approach to Patong. I only learned of its notoriety from Noi. It had been the scene of many deaths owing to collisions between vehicles and larger trucks and buses overturning. Read more…

1053 Views | 4 Comments | 0 Articles | 3/24/2016 11:40:48 AM

I climbed into the front seat of the Mercedes taxi at the airport. Noi suggested it would be better for my long legs. She sat behind me on the 45-minute trip to Patong hotel. She threw her arms around my neck and kept them there all the way to the hotel I had booked before leaving England. She talked and asked questions, mainly about the flight. She asked if I was tired. I told her that surprisingly I felt fine. Noi spoke in a gentle soft voice. I found it soothing. It was so calming that I did feel sleepy but fought the jetlag weariness. There were moments of silence between our initial conversations. There was nothing awkward about that. It felt natural. When Noi was silent, she would gently massage my neck and shoulders. The trip in the taxi took about forty-five minutes and it gave me an opportunity to see Thailand from the ground for the first time. Read more…

1267 Views | 8 Comments | 0 Articles | 3/24/2016 11:18:13 AM

“Ryan” “Ryan” I heard my name called. This was in spite of the shouts of vendors and honking car horns.  The air outside Phuket International Airport was full of noises.  They assaulted me from all directions. I turned toward the direction of the voice and saw a diminutive Thai woman running toward me. I recognized her immediately. It was Noi, “the little one.” Read more…

1373 Views | 3 Comments | 0 Articles | 4/21/2014 2:00:15 PM

“Just start writing.  Anything,” she thinks to herself.  And that’s how it starts.  Read more…

1788 Views | 8 Comments | 0 Articles | 3/10/2014 3:56:13 PM

Last February 28th was my grandmother’s first birthday after she passed away.  Many times before, I would take the lead in making preparations for her birthday celebration.  I would make sure everybody came – her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren – because I knew she was happiest when she saw her family together.  Family reunions were always a big deal to her because her children never got along; but like I have always said to those close to me, my grandmother was very lucky with the grandchildren she had.  We loved her dearly.  We more than made up for the shortcomings of her own children. Read more…

5111 Views | 14 Comments | 9 Articles | 2/4/2014 8:35:30 PM

Because of the business,I am from Hu Zhiming West straight to the beautiful city - Da Lat.I have been longing for the beautiful mountain city,often go to Vietnam,but there has been no opportunity to go there. This time,I finally came to the beautiful scenery,four spring-like and picturesque town.It is in the southern city of Vietnam,it is Lam Dong province capital,it was built on more than one thousand five hundred meters above sea level on the plateau.Surrounded by mountains all around and surrounded by forest,it is the best city air quality in Vietnam,it is famous for having a large number of mountain forest,waterfalls and lakes.All the year round temperature in 17 degrees here,pure and fresh and pleasant climate. Read more…

2407 Views | 6 Comments | 1 Articles | 2/6/2014 10:31:08 AM

In my earlier days I used to be one third of the comedy team known throughout Southeast Asia as “Two Chumps and a Chimp.”  I played the con artist, Mr. Velly Clever. My fellow Chump was a befuddled Hippie, recruited out of the smoke dens of Kathmandu. He played, (with varying degrees of coherence and success), himself. Our third member, the Chimp, was an African chimpanzee who had retired to Asia after reading my book. Read more…

5855 Views | 14 Comments | 0 Articles | 7/30/2013 1:09:36 AM
Owning my actions is part of my code of ethics; if I’m gonna do something, I’ll claim it and take responsibility for it. It’s a very effective system of keeping myself in check; before I do anything, I think about whether or not it’s something I would be ashamed of claiming as my own later on. It has also proven to be a very effective test of the rightness of any decision I make. With that being said, I would have to admit that I “suffer” from the white skin fixation that is widespread among East Asians. I recognize that it is shallow and it can be unhealthy; some people will understand, others will judge. So be it! Read more…
2390 Views | 2 Comments | 1 Articles | 7/5/2013 3:44:56 PM
It’s all so clear to me now, as I sip my mushroom shake in the cool Indonesian night. Einstein was wrong. It isn’t gravity that holds everything together. It’s Indonesia’s Super Glue! Read more…
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