Archive for the 'Travelogues' Category

Indonesia’s Answer to Islamophobia: Fun

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

As the centre of my universe has moved to Central Java, I find myself traveling to the cities of Jogjakarta and Surakarta quite a lot. The last time I was there was during the celebration of Eidul Firtri (or Lebaran) as its called in Indonesia, just in time to catch the celebrations that customarily take [...]

Cultural Conundrums

Monday, December 17th, 2007

‘PLEASE do not use your handphone on the bus’, the pre-recorded voice extolled. I expected the voice to add, ‘It may cause technical interference with the bus’. Instead, we were told not to use our handphones ‘because it will annoy your neighbours’. Welcome to Japan where preventing individual distress appears paramount and everything from the [...]

A Tale of Two Temples

Tuesday, December 4th, 2007

(Note: This article first appeared in the December issue of Off The Edge magazine)
While meandering about in downtown Saigon recently I chanced upon the Sri Mariaman temple close to Ben Thanh market. It was an interesting visit to say the least, for the riotous colours of the temple were matched by the riotous conjunction of [...]