July 28, 2019

Understanding a city via what people read

My favourite culture-hack to understand a city is to have a book meet. You learn so much via the discussions on near and far authors from the perspective of participant’s own lived experiences.

July 2019 book meet

July 2019 book meet

July 2019 book meet

July 2019 book meet

July 2019 book meet

July 2019 book meet

July 2019 book meet

July 2019 book meet

Books Vietnam
May 15, 2019

Vijaya

In QuyNhon, the site of the ancient Cham city of Vijaya. Many ruins around. This was a random trip, I like visiting the smaller towns in Central Vietnam. This time round I was surprised to find a Moldovan plane and crew. Local airlines are growing so fast that they have had to lease from overseas.

Vijaya

Vijaya

Travel Vietnam
May 11, 2019

Drinking water by the street in Yangon

As it gets hotter in our Burma, some kind folks place water by the street. You are welcome to help yourself with a drink. When I was a kid, I lived in Rajasthan. In the summer months, some local residents would fund building a small hut shaped water kiosk. They would hire a local women to dispense water via a small opening in the shed. They used a copper vessel with a long spout to dispense the water. You didn’t need a cup or glass to drink. All you have to do is bow down a bit, cup your hand in front of your mouth and then take a drink. Back then they used earthen pots to cool the water before transferring it into the coppor vessel. The water had a distinct earthy taste. Now they use plastic containers; the water feels boring.

Water by the street

Myanmar Yangon
April 30, 2019

Cine Lux and the Ahp in Phnom Penh

Ciné Lux built in the late 1930s has closed down. I used to cross the busy intersection here to reach my home at street 172. They always showed Thai or Khmer horror movie - I learnt about the Ahp (a South East Asian ghost in the shape of a floating woman’s head with internal organs trailing behind, also knows as Krasue in Thailand) via the posters here. It could be an excellent location to shoot a horror film now. Maybe there is an Ahp inside.

Cine Lux in Phnom Penh

Cambodia Phnom Penh Movies
April 16, 2019

Tags: Saigon, Travel

She is prettiest at night

I have a lover, and she is prettiest at night.

Saigon at night

Saigon at night

Saigon at night

Saigon at night

Saigon at night

Saigon at night

March 16, 2019

Egg and onion prata in Singapore

Once in a while it is good to be in Singapore and try the local food.

Egg Onion Prata

Egg Onion Prata

Food Singapore