A Brief Stopover in Bangkok

The people who jostled for space in front of the gates of Bangkok’s Grand Palace, shortly before opening time, were entertained by a rather sturdy Thai woman with short hair, and a no-nonsense attitude.… Continue reading

Myanmar: The Land of Green Ghosts

“If someone was murdered or died in an accident, this was categorised as a ‘raw death’. The belief was that the deceased would become a ‘green ghost’ – the most feared of all… Continue reading

A Magical Day in Mandalay

“How dreary it would be if you could go everywhere and do everything. There would be nothing left to dream about, and dreaming, in my view, is often the best part of travel… Continue reading

The Timeless Beauty of Bagan

“There are experiences of landscape that will always resist articulation, and of which words offer only a remote echo.” – Robert Macfarlane –  I gawk at the faded murals, and feel a wild… Continue reading

Places To Stay: Inle Lake Sanctuary – Samkar Lake, Myanmar

“When you realise how perfect everything is, you will tilt your head back, and laugh at the sky.” – Buddha – Name:  Inle Lake Sanctuary Location:  Unlike what its name suggests, the lodge… Continue reading

Yangon’s Shwedagon Pagoda – An Edifice to Enduring Spirituality

“To the Burmese, the Shwedagon Pagoda is a symbol of the continuity of our country, its constant presence a reminder that no matter what happens in life, we can count on our spirituality… Continue reading

Realizing A Dream – Step 2: Have A Land Dispute

“If you expect life to be easy, challenges will seem difficult. If you accept that challenges may occur, life will be easier.” – Rob Liano –   The Shephard squinted, and waved his… Continue reading

Steampunk Coffee – Heaven in a Cup

“The powers of a man’s mind are directly proportional to the quantity of coffee he drank.” – Sir James MacKintosh – My knuckles turn white, as I tighten my grip on the steering… Continue reading

Places To Stay: Upper House – Clarens, South Africa

Name:  Upper House Locatation:  Clarens, Eastern Free State, South Africa Description:  It is a small guest house, where all the rooms have private entrances with secure parking, and access to the lush garden, where… Continue reading

Where The River Flows

“Life is like the river, sometimes it sweeps you gently along and sometimes the rapids come out of nowhere.” – Emma Smith – When we received a phone call in March to inform… Continue reading