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328 Views | 6 Comments | 0 Articles | 4/14/2017 3:51:21 PM

We wandered around to the night market once more in Chiang Mai. A good excuse to drink another couple of Guinness. After all, I am a creature of habit. It had been a satisfying day. I could now look forward to collecting the D Max in two days’ time. Read more…

445 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…

826 Views | 7 Comments | 0 Articles | 4/6/2017 2:15:36 PM

There were so many things to see to before I finally left England and flew back to Thailand. Most of them were connected with finances. It was clear to me that I would have to open a Thai bank account soon after my return. When I wasn’t attending to my finances then I was online connecting to the world. Read more…

544 Views | 2 Comments | 1 Articles | 8/27/2016 12:00:51 AM

My second trip to Vietnam. I had a couple of weeks there in February with a good friend and two more weeks this August, though this time alone. Read more…

742 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…

4155 Views | 83 Comments | 1 Articles | 9/24/2016 1:51:08 PM
670 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…

1685 Views | 12 Comments | 1 Articles | 5/7/2015 3:30:35 PM

Funny how things go round.... Here I was in San Francisco, talking to cardboard boxes again, just like I did in the Sixties...  We kept it quiet, but Hilary Clinton and I once had a torrid, admittedly strange, love affair.  Each night I'd dress up in an American flag and my Sweet Hot Hillary would attach electrodes to my genitals and throw the switch. Read more…

1570 Views | 1 Comments | 0 Articles | 5/13/2014 12:48:34 AM

Sometimes, when she watches Aurora sleep and she is overcome by her daughter’s innocence and unconditional love, she thinks about all her shortcomings, all her missteps, all the things she could’ve done differently.  She thinks about Aurora’s remarkable resilience and she is overwhelmed with both sadness, for all the hardships that her daughter had to experience at such a young age, and joy, for having such a precious gift as Aurora.   Read more…

1293 Views | 6 Comments | 0 Articles | 5/8/2014 4:01:15 PM

Her parents’ marriage was more bad than good, and Dawn would often wish that they would just decide to separate; it would be the best thing for everybody.  But they insisted on staying together and fighting in front of the kids about anything and everything, for the sake of the kids.  And then her mama just up and left in the middle of the night; if her mama was always truly the helpless victim, then Dawn would have been perfectly okay with how things turned out.  But her mama always gave as good as she got.  When she left, Dawn understood that she did it for selfish reasons.  Read more…

1814 Views | 5 Comments | 1 Articles | 4/28/2013 4:57:01 AM
I entered the racetrack bar. Outside the picture window, the horses were approaching the starting gate for race number 5. Johnny ‘Sideways’ Jones leaned towards me, nearly spilling his drink… Read more…
2461 Views | 3 Comments | 1 Articles | 2/20/2013 4:39:23 AM
“Make me paranoid”, said Alice to the White Rabbit. The Rabbit grinned, twitched its ears, and pulled a pocket watch out of its waistcoat. “I’m late!” it cried. Alice shrugged. “Internet online banking security in Asia”, the White Rabbit said. Alice fainted. Read more…
2221 Views | 3 Comments | 1 Articles | 10/14/2012 1:45:36 AM
Have you ever noticed, how, far too often, real life intrudes on your very comfortable fantasy world? Oh, botheration! as my best friend Winnie the Pooh- I was speaking with him just the other day! - used to say. Just as you are ready to triumphantly this or triumphantly that - I always think about the woman I was destined to marry till I saw her holding hands by the side of the road with somebody else - mean old real life intrudes. Read more…
4192 Views | 0 Comments | 2 Articles | 7/18/2012 9:08:55 AM
You know the feeling? Romancing, shoot outs with the local drug cartel, stopping rogue generals from launching missiles at London…and talk about bringing back alive those pesky dinosaurs still hiding out in remote Borneo jungles! Southeast Asia is fun, but it can be tiring. Read more…
2329 Views | 8 Comments | 1 Articles | 3/18/2012 6:53:40 AM
Don’t forget your passport! A friend of mine – we will protect his identity by calling him "Big Idiot" – booked a flight from San Francisco to Bangkok via Tokyo, and in his happiness didn’t notice that the last employee at San Francisco International to handle his passport had somehow failed to give it back to him. Read more…
3234 Views | 2 Comments | 1 Articles | 2/22/2012 2:17:17 PM
Which is the greatest city in the world? Greatest for what? For walking! For having Fun! I asked my dog this very question. With a few wags of his tail he made it clear the answer is a toss up between Bangkok and Paris. Not Seoul or Hanoi, because there they would cook and eat him. Read more…
2156 Views | 0 Comments | 2 Articles | 2/16/2012 3:15:18 AM
Regretfully, there are so few places these days where a simple day trip can lead to being violently torn apart and eaten. Pity, that... Read more…
2789 Views | 2 Comments | 1 Articles | 1/27/2012 4:29:13 AM
Hey, I’m down with Islam… great architecture, great poetry, great teachings, and breathtakingly beautiful women. What more can you ask of a world religion? Ever since I hitchhiked through North Africa I’ve been enamored of this truly great global religion. And in Southeast Asia I’ve been the grateful recipient of dependable Islamic warmth and hospitality. Not to mention their restaurants are sparkling clean. Read more…
1758 Views | 5 Comments | 0 Articles | 12/16/2011 5:28:07 PM
If you've read my last blog entry, you will know I have been traveling a little - I’ve spent a week in Singapore seeing some of my clients and business associates and taking a 3-day Middle Kingdom respite. Read more…
1645 Views | 2 Comments | 0 Articles | 12/16/2011 5:18:38 PM
I am on my first sojourn out of the Middle Kingdom for quite a few years - well, not technically true, I have travelled outside the Great Firewall of China a few times, but mostly on business. This time, I have a few chill-out days where I have no business obligations, meetings or planning days so this means I am free to prowl Singapore's underground shopping mega-complexes, hang 'gibbon-like' from the railings in the public transport and find little quiet corners to sip sugar-sweet Indian Milk Chai, rediscover the delights of curry-puffs, pick lime-leaves from my teeth while gobbling bowls of Laksa, rip my way through layers of Roti Channai, chopstick-pick my way through extra juicy morsels of Roasted Chicken and Crispy Pork, negotiate Chilli Crab carapace, seek out Spicy Stingray and Banana Leaf Satay, slurp durian ice kajiang (a tower of shaved ice, mixed with the pulp of the fruit) and enjoy the cool sea breeze across the Harbour with a cup of Barley Water and a tall Kopi-O. Read more…
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