The Road to Mandalay

The Road to Mandalay

Just hearing the name Mandalay conjures up images of old British colonial Burma, and nowhere is this more vivid than in Rudyard Kipling’s poem of the same name:

By the old Moulmein Pagoda, lookin’ eastward to the sea,
There’s a Burma girl a-settin’, and I know she thinks o’ me;
For the wind is in the palm-trees, and the temple-bells they say:
“Come you back, you British soldier; come you back to Mandalay!”

Kipling’s poem was written for a bygone era that has been romanticized in literature. Nowadays it’s best not to bring up past British colonialism unless you want to cause a diplomatic faux pas.

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In a Little Submarine

In a Little Submarine

It was my first time to Surabaya and we had only a few hours to see what Surabaya had to offer once we left the cruise ship. It was time for a quick decision and I decided that visiting a submarine parked smack in the middle of the city seems like a good idea. That, and that there are a couple of shopping malls where we could spend our time afterwards made the decision easier to make.

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Christmas in the Tropics

Christmas in the Tropics

So here we are at the time of the year when Christmas carols play non stop in the shopping malls. Everyone is in a festive mood as the end of the year nears. If you haven’t visited Singapore before, Christmas season is a good time to visit. Christmas season starts early in November when the yearly Christmas decorations go up onto Orchard Road transforming the this shopping street into a Christmas Wonderland. There are also other Christmas themed events happening like at Gardens by the Bay.

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Unseen

Unseen

Usually when we visit a place we only see the good side of it. After all, who wants to see depressing slums and shanty towns when we can enjoy the modern shopping malls and eat good food in the main tourist areas. But then like a person, every city has the public side that is shown to the whole world, and the unseen side which is hidden from view.

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