A quick tour around Lumbini’s temples

Taiwan Temple Lumbini

Lumbini’s Buddhist temples from around the world I must firstly admit I am not a huge fan of endless Buddhist temples. From Nepal, to Tibet, China and Thailand I’ve had my fill of the “Buddhist lifestyle.”  Expensively ornate temples, cars, gadgets, hidden monk romances and the appearance of more than several monk offspring tends to make one a little less at …

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Agnes Keith’s house in a land below the wind in Sandakan, Malaysia

Agnes Keith

Visiting Agnes Keith’s house on a hill in Sandakan, Sabah Malaysia I first heard of the book the Land below the Wind by Agnes Newton Keith from my research when I was in Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia. Back in her day it was just known as commonly as North Borneo. Much like many towns or cities that someone …

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Sandakan market: Inspiring people to look beyond a guidebook

The new Sandakan Market in Malaysia

Getting told off by a backpacker … After seeing my article Sandakan the next big tourist destination, I got a mouthful from a backpacker in Sandakan. Again, apparently “there is nothing to do here” As readers here know, my journey looks beyond popular tourist attractions. Yes, a visit to Speilok or Labuk bay I will take, they’re …

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Burma Death Railway: aka The Bridge on the River Kwai

The Bridge over River Kwai

More than a movie, the death railway that is the bridge on the River Kwai The Bridge on the River Kwai sits in infamy as a classic world war two movie. Based on a fictional book by French writer Pierre Boulle, it features the construction of the Burma Railway between 1942-43. Dig deeper into this …

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Snake temples, Hindu statues and a hippie invasion

Ganesha statue in Penang

Snake temple, a worthy site in Penang “It’s the only one of its kind in the world!” I looked up at the Austrian as she read quotes from her guidebook. Florian was an over-excited-about-everything type. Still, she was also not the pushy type and I’d been meaning to visit the snake temple for a while. After …

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Japanese British history in Penang: a chilling torturous past brought back to life

Grave of British solider Sgt John Wolf in Penang

When Penang fell: the guns went silent and the screaming started The impressive War fort built into Bikit Maung by the British in Penang, during WW2, was designed to prevent invasion by sea, and included anti-aircraft artillery for defense. It was to become a place of little known facts and secrets. Manned by British, Malay and Sikh soldiers, …

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Open air war museum in Penang, Malaysia: a morbid taste of the past

Old photos, and relics from a very brutal past lie in Penang

Penang’s open air war museum is a must for anyone with an interest in World War Two I’m not a huge fan of museums. Though I love history, and have a keen interest in world war one & two, these often bland, sterile buildings bore me. An exception, and it’s not really a museum, was my visit …

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