What is the definition of home? (2015 edition)

Published in: How to live overseas |
house in romania

Defining “home” This is not an easy thing to write. By its very subjective and relative nature such a definition cannot be captured in one short article. A book might do it. But I would imagine it would equally be condemned by the majority of its readership for being one-sided or at the very least for unbalanced impartial… Continue reading more »

Introducing the best guidebook to the Kathmandu Valley

Published in: Nepal | March 25th, 2015
Kathmandu Valley Guidebook cover

 The evolution of travel guidebooks continues The latest edition to my Nepal guidebooks has arrived. My quest to deliver something new, helpful and special to the guidebook scene in Nepal has a new entry. Unlike my guidebook to Kathmandu city, this new guidebook is for the entire region. There is no other place like the… Continue reading more »

The Buddha Statue with Diamond Eyes – Luang Pho Petch

Published in: Thailand | March 18th, 2015
Buddha with Diamond Eyes at Luang Pho Petch, Sukhothai

A Diamond Eyed Buddha in Sukhothai It’s always nice to discover something not in a guidebook or map (until now). A little place called Luang Pho Petch (Luang Po Ta Petch) is one of those places. It’s located just south of the impressive Wat Si Chum along the main road. The shrine/building/temple itself is hidden behind… Continue reading more »

Thai Food: Pork with Morning Glory & Basil

Published in: Thai food | March 11th, 2015
Pork with Morning Glory and Basil

Pork with fresh green crunchy Thai vegetables is something special There are some Thai meals which deserve special attention. Pork is usually cooked well in Thailand. And, Thailands blend of spices and herbs are world renown. However it’s the mix of these fresh vegetables and herbs in many dishes which often bring a Thai meal up… Continue reading more »

Visiting Wat Mahathat in Sukhothai Thailand

Published in: Thailand | March 4th, 2015
Wat Mahathat, Sukhothai, Thailand

Wat Mahathat is one of Sukhothai’s best temples Completed during the 13th century Wat Mahathat served as the royal palace and administrative capital for the Sukhothai Kingdom. It still remains the largest of all the ruins in Sukhothai’s Historical Park. When visiting Wat Mahathat approaching from the front is visually impressive as the still moat waters in… Continue reading more »

Thai Roast Duck on Dumplings

Published in: Thai food | February 25th, 2015
Roast duck with dumplings in Thailand

Thailand has great roast duck I’ve always tried to like duck, but it’s usually either too greasy or comes in a fairly sparse dish. Because of this I didn’t think much of it when I kept seeing it on Thai menus. Then one random day I decided to give it a go. It was a good… Continue reading more »

Wat Si Chum & Wat Phra Luang in Sukhothai Historical Park

Published in: Thailand | February 18th, 2015
Buddha Hand with flowers at Wat Si Chum, Sukothai, Thailand

Visit the northern historic complex early in the morning for the best views If you are spending a few days in Sukhothai I suggest you visit the northern complex first at dawn. Wat Si Chum itself faces the east so it catches the light beautifully on a good morning. There’s no need to hire a… Continue reading more »

Quick Fried Prawns from Thailand

Published in: Thai food | February 11th, 2015
A plate of quick fried prawns with rice from Thailand

Fried prawns with heaps of garlic Prawns are one of Thailand’s tastiest meats. They are abundant, large and every so meaty. While many prawns are barbecued I found a second treat waiting in many a restaurant or local cafe. Quick fried prawns with minced garlic. It hit the flavor scale right at the very top of… Continue reading more »