We are expected.
There’s a lot of interest in the visitors. They don’t have many on Jang Island.
On the rough jetty between rickety stilt houses, a guard of honour is forming. Kids from the Jang Island school beat out a deafening rhythm on hand drums as our open pancung boat pulls up and we file ashore.
Twenty students, two teachers and a visiting Australian author have come to do a writers’ camp at Telunas Beach Resort
, in Indonesia’s lovely Riau Islands, a couple of hours across the water from Singapore. Each morning we set off on a different adventure. Each afternoon we gather back at Telunas to discuss and write about our experience.
There is never a shortage of material. Continue reading
Where in the world can you stay 38.9 nights on an accommodation budget of 100 British pounds? Okay, not counting Mum’s place or your mate’s cousin’s sofa.
What is the destination fastest being abandoned by budget travellers? Where are the new hotspots? In which city can you find wifi in every hotel and hostel?
There are some surprises in the figures I’ve been sent by budget accommodation experts HostelBookers. Continue reading
Despite the signs in English, Kathmandu can be a little daunting for newcomers.
I’m enjoying these Weekly Photo Challenges. WordPress’s Daily Post suggests a topic to give bloggers a nudge in the ribs. We then do our best to post something worth looking at, and check out what others have come up with.
This one is about ‘Toto, I have a feeling we’re not in Kansas any more’ moments.
Street signs I come across in Asia are a constant source of innocent merriment.
Australian buses sometimes have ‘Do not distract the driver’ signs. Buses in Singapore have other rules.
The ship went down 100 years ago this week, on April 15th, 1912.
I’ve had a Titanic few months. I’ve been to the ship’s last port of call before the iceberg, seen Titanic artefacts in Singapore, met a descendant of a crew member and in a couple of weeks Mevrouw T and I will stay in a cabin in the Jane Hotel, New York, where survivors were put up while waiting for the inquiry into the disaster.
Regular readers of RT’s LOTR will know I was in Singapore a few weeks ago.
Here’s the full story of my stay in Little India, the part of the city that I’ve come to know best, and which I was writing about for Sydney’s Sun-Herald newspaper. Continue reading
It's for your own good, you know. Suppose your bike didn't float, where would you be then?
Street signs in other people’s countries offer an endless source of entertainment…