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Vigan Spanish Heritage Town

25 May
Spanish architecture, Spanish names,Spanish religion?

Spanish architecture, Spanish names,Spanish religion?

There’s only so much of Manila one can handle. The city is busy and bustling, but difficult to get around in, unless you are very patient with traffic, and if you don’t mind walking around fumes in 40° sun. So I decided to move up North where the temperatures are cooler and the nature is greener. My first stop was the UNESCO World Heritage town of Vigan, which was miraculously saved or forgotten during the 2nd world war. It meant 9 hours on a bus, but the quaint & quiet historic town was well worth it. And the 136 year old Vila in which I stayed was also full of history – ancient and modern (I stayed in the same room as Tom Cruise!!).

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Gorgeous Georgetown Picture Post

6 May
George Town clock tower at gorgeous sunset

George Town clock tower at gorgeous sunset

At the same time as Melaka, the coastal town of Georgetown, on Penang Island in the North of Malaysia, also got recognized by Unesco as World Heritage. So many buildings in the historical centre are restored and cleaned up, and maps and guided walks are plentiful.

No Dutch or Portuguese here – only British – which you can clearly see in the names of the streets which are a funny mix of an English name and the word for street, lane or road in Malay (e.g. Lebuh Bishop, Lorong Stewart, Jalan Buckingham, etc). For the rest there are too many temples, mosques and churches to describe, so I’ll just make this a picture post. Continue reading

Kuala Lumpur Confusion

28 Apr
Me and Petronas in KL

Me and Petronas in KL

When I arrived in Kuala Lumpur (KL [ke:l] in colloquial speech) I was just confused. Maybe it was because I had met too many new people and seen too many new places in the last few days, or maybe because KL is soooo much bigger and more developed than where i was before.

The idea that came to mind when walking around the different areas, is that KL is one big fruit-salad. Take pieces of different fruits and shake them all around. Similarly there are many incongruous elements mixed together in KL:

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Solo Picture post

27 Apr
What would I do without AirAsia

What would I do without AirAsia

Basically I just went to Solo because I found a cheap AirAsia flight from Solo to Kuala Lumpur. Solo is the competitor city with Jogjakarta to be Indonesia’s intellectual capital, with good universities and political dissidents. Solo is smaller than Jogja, but therefore a bit more authentically Indonesian (or should I say Javanese) and more relaxed. And that’s what I did – a day of relaxing – just wandering around the city without a clue – seeing, tasting, hearing, smelling,…

But I did come across some of the sights: Sultan’s palace (similar to Jogja), Dutch leftover buildings, some temples and many mosques (it’s only in Java I realized Indonesia is a mainly muslim country, Bali is majoritarian Hindu).

  • Some pictures below

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Venturing out into Bali Countryside

21 Apr
Typical Ubud street - with those Balinese sticks everywhere

Typical Ubud street - with those Balinese sticks everywhere

Even though our Villa was very comfortable, and we even found the beach once we figured out that it is actually a garden next to the beach, we did go and explore the countryside of Bali. We rented a motorbike (with all its complications – and being stopped by the police), and set off on our explorations.

The inner island is if possible even more quaint and beautiful than the areas along the beaches, where we were staying. We visited Ubud, which has probably just as many tourists as the sea-side but it was nice to be away from the hustle and bustle of the busy beach roads.

  • The best way to share with you the look and feel of Balinese countryside culture, is to upload the pictures – many below.

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Once upon a time… French influence

3 Apr
Kampot town - South Cambodia

Kampot town - South Cambodia

It is probably impossible to get rid of one’s colonial past, and you could ask yourself if the past is just a part of your Culture like anything else.So why not embrace it and be proud of it?

Around South-East Asia the French have been very active, and I must say that the most of the beautiful architecture (the houses or areas that would jump to the eye and stick out) are French. Around Cambodia for example many of the quaint areas, are the streets where some of the French colonial houses ‘survived’. Continue reading

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