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Inaba Shrine-Gifu City 2016

Last week I went hiking around Gifu City and took a walk through Inaba Shrine. This was my second or third time to visit this particular shrine, but I finally read a bit on its history. Built in the year…

Phimai Historical Park

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After a couple of days in Buriram, we headed over to Korat (Nakhon Ratchisima) and got a chance to visit yet another Khmer ruin-Phimai. This structure is a Mahayana Buddhist temple, which is odd as the Khmer were primarily Hindu…

Fash of the East

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FASH OF THE EAST You selfish goys think you can keep all the fashy fun to yourselves. That’s problematic and we need to have a conversation about that right now. Modern Asian history has a few right-wing authoritarian leaders of…

Phanom Rung-Khmer Ruins in Isaan

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Went to Thailand (twice!) this summer. The first trip was up north in Isaan to visit Khmer ruins. Only saw three but they were gorgeous. The first site we visited was Phanom Rung in Buriram province. We stayed in Buriram…

The Dead American by Jake Needham

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“Disneyland with the death penalty.” An apt description of Singapore. We wrap up Needham’s Inspector Tay with the fourth in the series, The Dead American. Inspector Tay simply cannot stay out of trouble. He is put on suspension at the…

The Umbrella Man by Jake Needham

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The Umbrella Man is the second novel in the Inspector Tay series by Jake Needham. This installment starts off with an explosion in downtown Singapore that leaves Inspector Tay in the hospital. Although it is immediately linked to terrorism and…

The Ambassador’s Wife by Jake Needham

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First novel in a new series by Jake Needham, Ambassador’s Wife introduces us to Inspector Samuel Tay, a police inspector in Singapore. Tay is a bright, capable police officer, but seems always a bit off by Singaporean standards; he can…

The King of Macau by Jake Needham

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King of Macau is the fourth and final novel in the Jack Shepherd series. Jack’s life and career have been completely destroyed and he is clearly trying to piece something of a meaningful existence out of the ashes. He ends…

Jake Needham Book Review Part 3

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World of Trouble is the third novel in the Jack Shepherd series by Jake Needham. Jack has left Thailand for Dubai (strange exchange in my opinion) to work closely with his sole client, Charlie Kitnarok, who is clearly based on…