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Surviving Singapore part four How to speak Singaporean, Lah

The official language of Singapore is English but several other languages can be overheard Malay, Mandarin, Tamil among others. Hidden within the English is a colloquial version known as Singlish, a slang ridden melting pot of languages that mirrors the … Continue reading

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Surviving Singapore Part Three: What to do other than eat in Singapore

Singapore is notoriously safe but a small bit of common sense will go a long way. In most sections of the country, if you can’t  sleep at 3 am you can take a walk-about with out being significantly concerned with … Continue reading

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Surviving Singapore: what to eat in Singapore

What to eat in Singapore. The national dish is chicken rice, a simple dish elevated to the level of perfection. Poached chicken cooked with ginger and scallions over rice cooked in the remaining stock. Ridiculously easy and yet we’ve yet … Continue reading

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Surviving Singapore A Cultural Guide. Part 1 Dining Etiquette

We can thank – or blame – the extensive British colonial reach for making exotic islands, like Hong Kong and Singapore, user-friendly. Hong Kong has retained a bit of it’s gaudy, naughty glamour with an edgier persona than the fastidious … Continue reading

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The Living Goddess Kumari of Kathmandu, Nepal

Kathmandu’s Durbur Square, the traditional heart of the old town, offers a dizzying number of gods, goddess and deities on display. Intermingled between the Buddhism and Hinduism symbolism is one of the most fascinating, and somewhat mysterious aspects of Hindu … Continue reading

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Rangda the Witch, Travel Photo of the Week, 12Sept12 Bali, Indonesia

Leyaks, pronounced le-aks (the y is silent) are the evil spirits of Bali and Rangda is their queen. Her likeness is the epitome of evil and is often depicted eating children. A terrifying sight, an old bare breasted woman armed … Continue reading

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The how’s and wai’s of etiquette in Thailand

Thai etiquette everyone should know when traveling in Thailand Thailand’s King and Queen are the closest things to deities on earth, and are treated with great respect and reverence. So while political discourse is an American hobby, you should never … Continue reading

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Travel Photo of the Week 23Aug12 Phuket Thailand

This week’s Travel Photo of the Week takes us to picturesque Phromthep Cape in the southern most point of Phuket, Thailand to see the “Elephant Shrine.” As Thailand is predominantly Buddhist, this shrine is often mistaken as Buddhist, but in … Continue reading

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Travel Photo of the Week 7AUG12 Guardian Lions in Singapore

This week’s Travel Photo of the Week takes us to Singapore’s Tan Si Chong Su Temple to see the guardian lions. Guardian lions or as they are known by their Chinese name shíshī meaning stone lion, are a common architectural … Continue reading

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Turn Right At Machu Picchu Book Review

This month’s travel/ adventure book of the month is New York Times Bestseller, Mark Adams’s Turn Right At Machu Picchu.  In honor of the hundred year anniversary of Hiram Bingham’s discovery of Machu Picchu, Mark Adams decided to follow in … Continue reading

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