Thai Boxing


Thai Boxing

In a big city, you can hire a guide to take you just about anywhere. I asked the concierge at my Bangkok hotel about hiring a guide to take me to a Thai boxing session on a Saturday night. He was a bit sceptical. He said they could just book a ticket for me, much cheaper. I explained that I wasn’t going to go to a boxing match on my own on a Saturday night in Bangkok. He laughed and booked up the guide, though he did say that if he hadn’t been working on Saturday, he’d would have come with me to the boxing himself. Continue reading

Bangkok Flower Market


Orchid sellers at work.

In a tangle of streets near Chinatown in Bangkok, is an area called Pak Klong Talad (the Flower Market) – the biggest wholesale and retail fresh flower market in the city. The market consists of shops spilling out onto the sidewalks, and extra stalls crowded in too. It has all kinds of popular flowers including marigolds, roses, orchids, lilies and more. Continue reading

Buddha in Bangkok


P1140949“Buddha is for respecting, Not Furniture, Not Tattoo”. This was the message on a sun-umbrella in the tourist-crowded grounds of the Grand Palace in Bangkok. Thailand is a predominantly Buddhist country, and ‘respecting’ the Buddha is made easy with some pretty stunning incarnations of him around town. Continue reading

Thai Roofs


At The Grand Palace, Bangkok

I’ve only been in Bangkok for a day, but already I’m agog at the traditional Thai (or Siamese) architecture, especially the roofs. Their colours, their curlicues, the ornamentation, the flourishes of decorative bits and pieces, the sheer exuberance of them… Continue reading

A Last Look At Ubud


Rice paddy in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

I was only in Ubud  briefly, hardly enough time to form an opinion about Bali, or Indonesia, that giant nation of about a quarter of a billion people that’s around 75% sea…but I thought I’d like to erase the memories of the hideous traffic and the broken sidewalks with some pics of the beautiful things I saw in Ubud. Continue reading

Eating Out in Ubud


Mozaic, Ubud, Bali

For a fairly small town, there are a LOT of restaurants in Ubud. It is possible to eat traditional Indonesian food, regional dishes, the famous local nasi goreng (a.k.a. fried rice) — but I’m afraid I’m not the person to help you with descriptions of Indonesian food. Yes, I sat through a colourful family-style lunch where local chefs told us how they did it all, which was interesting, but it wasn’t really something my taste buds went for. Besides, two fat ladies, middle-aged Australian sisters, were sitting right next to me and hoovered up the food before I could so much as whip out my iPhone for a food pic. Continue reading