How to bargain and barter in Kathmandu Nepal

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013
Souvenir statue of Buddha in Kathmandu

Bargaining and bartering is a way of life in Kathmandu and Nepal If you don’t like to bargain or barter and are planning to visit Nepal then good luck to you. Indeed there are many other places in the world where fixed pricing is not common. Indeed the art of bargaining is a way of… Continue reading more »

Is it right to travel in Tibet?

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012
Yamdrok Lake in Tibet

Travel in Tibet and get a nice welcome A man in a hand-washed cheap black suit lurched towards me. Ahead another man pointed and yelled at a tourist. Beside me a local pushed my hand down and waved the other man away. “No photos, put your phone away before they take it.” I was crossing the friendship… Continue reading more »

How to survive arriving into Kathmandu, Nepal for the first time

Monday, January 16th, 2012
Flying into Nepal

Back by popular demand … (Updated for 2017) It seems returning to country is more popular than I thought. I received an email from a Nepalese person asking if I could tell them what it was really like to step right off the plane and into Nepal. I also received a similar request to write-up my thoughts for a national… Continue reading more »

Shoe removal in Malaysia and Asia: my pet hate

Monday, December 5th, 2011
Stack of shoes and boots by a door in Asia

How important is taking your shoes off in Asia? Removing footwear is a cultural custom in Asia. At least indoors. In people’s homes and houses I understand this perfectly. But, in hotels and guest houses? It’s one of the most irritating things I’ve come across … My non-foot fetish Anyone who’s been reading my journals from around about the Turkey travel… Continue reading more »

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

Monday, June 6th, 2011
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,… Continue reading more »

Cameron highlands: choosing a tour … not always a bad thing

Thursday, April 28th, 2011
View of the Cameron Highlands Malaysia

Cameron Highlands Malaysia, land of tea plantations, strawberry fields and tours Nested high above the central area of western Malaysia’s hot peninsular is a land of cool air, mist, lush forest and history. The Cameron highlands heralded a strange call to me the moment I read about them. They spoke the soothing instinctive words of… Continue reading more »

Malacca Malaysia, to live or die for a little tourist town

Monday, April 18th, 2011
Tricycle covered in flowers from Malacca

Melaka should be all things great, and it is, kind of … Malacca, or in Malay Melaka, is a small colorful capital town for the state of Malacca in southern Peninsular Malaysia. A simple fishing village it was founded by a Sultan before bouncing back and forth during the colonial years between the Portuguese, Dutch and British.… Continue reading more »