Category: Travel/Culture/History

My travels around the world motivate me to learn more about the cultures of the world. This website will serve to document my travels as well as the knowledge I collect along the way.

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 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…

Book Review: Laundry Man by Jake Needham

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There has been a neat little explosion of novels set in Thailand. Mostly written by expats and travelers, these novels largely focus on a Westerner’s experience in a country that is both delightful and alien at the same time. Christopher…

Laos Caving and Kayaking

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One day in Laos, my buddy and I booked a full-day trekking/caving/kayaking tour. Nice combination of activities! We booked with Green Discovery and I highly recommend these guys as their service was friendly and helpful, the guide was informative and…

Temples in Vientiane, Laos

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It has gotten rather chilly here in Japan so I have not been hiking at all. And I am busy with the fall semester at my schools so no travel. Bit frustrating to a wanderer such as myself. No matter,…