Nepal struck by a second major earthquake (Updated)

Published in: Nepal | May 12th, 2015
Map of the two earthquakes that struck Nepal

A second major earthquake has shaken Nepal On Tuesday May 12th (12:35 local time), just over two weeks since the first earthquake, a second major (7.3) earthquake hit Nepal. The earthquake struck in Kodari about 22 kilometres southeast of Zham in China along the Nepal border. Areas such as Namche Bazaar and Everest Base Camp are also… Continue reading more »

Nepal’s surviving temples: good news

Published in: Nepal | May 12th, 2015
Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Nepal

Most of Nepal’s temples are still standing The last few weeks have been burdened by the dour and devastating news from Nepal and the 7.8 earthquake that hit it on April 25th. I’ve written about it and spent countless hours helping, searching and trying to do what I can to help. Now, nearly two weeks… Continue reading more »

Nepals 2015 Earthquake, lest we forget – how to help

Published in: Nepal | May 4th, 2015
Old Woman collecting Aid after the Earthquake in Nepal recovery

The killer earthquake that hit Nepal is still causing damage Yes, the title is correct. On April 25th 2015 Nepal was struck with a 7.8 earthquake that has so far killed 8,000 people with a final number expected to be over 10,000. To give this some scale, 8.1 million people were directly affected – just under… Continue reading more »

Major Earthquake Devastates Nepal – How to help (updated)

Published in: Nepal | April 26th, 2015
Kathmandu city earthquake

Devastation hits Kathmandu to an extreme By now many people are waking up to the news about the major 7.8 brute force Earthquake that has caused massive destruction in the Kathmandu Valley and throughout central Nepal. I’m writing this knowing I have located all but two of my friends. I am hoping one of the missing… Continue reading more »

Wat Sangkawat – two lonely hidden temples

Published in: Thailand | April 22nd, 2015
Wat Phra Phai Luang, Sukhothai, Thailand

Wat Sangkawat is worth a visit for the solitude Sukhothai has many grand temples. Most look clean, neat and well kept for near on 400 year old buildings. On the outskirts of Sukhothai you will find various ruins that are no more than bricks or broken stone blocks. Not so exciting. There are however two somewhat… Continue reading more »

Wat Si Sawai in Sukhothai

Published in: Thailand | April 15th, 2015
Wat Si Sawai or Sri Savaya, Sukothai, Thailand

A big Khmer style temple in Sukhothai There are plenty of big temples in Sukhothai Historical Park. If you’ve already seen Wat Phai Luang then you’ll know what the ruins of a Khmer style temple look like. However I do encourage you to seek out Wat Si Sawai (Wat Sri Savaya) just south of Wat Mahathat to… Continue reading more »

Thai food: Green Papaya Salad (Som Tum)

Published in: Thai food | April 8th, 2015
Green Papaya Salad

Green papaya salad is one of Thailand’s most popular dishes If you are planning to spend any time in Thailand’s central and northern areas be prepared to come across green papaya salad or Som Tum. Just don’t expect anything sweet like papaya fruit usually is. It’s also a meal unto itself. Often coming with nuts or… Continue reading more »