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Traveling to Thailand

27 Dec
Flag of thailand

Flag of thailand

I have been to Thailand before (in 2003), so I kept my Thailand guidebooks till the end – hoping that it will be somehow the same (I don’t even recognize my village anymore, so probably a rapidly developing country will have developed in 5 years…


  • Anyway, if you have been there recently and have some suggestions do add them in the comments below!
  • I am spending one night in Bangkok on 29 December before flying on to Phnom Penh. It’s only after Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos that I’ll be back in Thailand (March/April) going over the symbolic Lao-Thai friendship bridge– and then take it as a base to move around the area eg Malaysia.

Timing is running out before my departure Sunday 28 Dec 08 (am typing this in the train back from christmas in the countryside as we speak) so I’ll only have time to give some bullet points from the Guidebook. Many of the South East Asian cultural elements also come back in Thailand Continue reading

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26 Dec

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Punny Philippines

26 Dec

1707 Pilipino Islands

1707 Pilipino Islands

There’s no F sound in Tagalog, the main Pilipino language (they pronounce F like a P) so that will be pun ;-) And the nickname for the people there are ‘PinoY’ (like the big bird in Sesame street – at least in the Dutch version of it – or is Sesame Street globalised?) – apparently with Y at the end (someone pointed out to me – lol)

  • Any more travel suggestions? – let me know, add it in a comment below!

The guidebook says that “the Philippines have Asian roots, but have spent 300 years in church (Spanish domination) and 50 years in Hollywood (American influence)”.

A Pino friend of mine told me that indeed, you can still notice this mix of influences. The Pilipino core is definitely (South-East) Asian (e.g. rice, harmony, face, hierarchy, family, tan,…) but did get a Spanish coating (e.g. Catholicism, machismo, fiesta, mañana,…) and a little touch of American influence (e.g. freedom of speech, expressing themselves, English, shopping,…).

It’s intriguing to find behind Continue reading

Staying alive & healthy

23 Dec
11 shots for 1 travel...

11 shots for 1 travel...

Travelling to faraway countries is not something to be taken lightly. There are parts of the worlds where the bugs aren’t as friendly as in Belgium/Europe. So before stepping on the plane (well before) I went to see my doctor for some advice on how to prepare for ‘the other side’ (of the world).

I never knew there were sooo many diseases, most of them with lethal consequences. So better safe than sorry.

  • When travelling and ‘going local’ which i surely hope to do (am not interested in staying in a hotel that looks the same as anywhere else), one should have a vaccination for Hepatitis A, in case the food would be contaminated. But luckily I had that one already (for life).
  • if you go even more local than local and come in close contact with the locals Continue reading

Short Singapore Plans

19 Dec
Singapore city (= country)

Singapore city (= country)

  • Any travel suggestions? Let me know – add them below in the comments!
  • Foreseen travel to Singapore during my Malaysia trip probably March/April

Singapore says my guidebook – is Asia for beginners. You have the authentic Asia style with Eastern values, traditions and ‘face’, but combined with western innovation and efficiency and English is spoken as the main working language. The country is different enough to get a culture shock, but it wouldn’t be shocking much: for people from the East there’s enough familiar Asian elements they can relate to, and for the people from the West, there’s enough Western influence to make you feel at home.

Many nick-names circulate for the city-state Continue reading

Mesmerising about Malaysia

17 Dec
  • If you have any more suggestions of things to do, taste, see, experience – please leave your comments below
  • I’ll most likely be in Malaysia in March/April


For some reason I have bumped into the last few months into quite some people from Malaysia, and they all agreed that the food in Malaysia is the best in Asia (even though i read that in guidebooks about other countries as well ;-). So I definitely have to sample the Malay cuisine (yummy yummy).

  • some freshly cooked noodles with seafood for breakfast with a mug of coffee?
  • or rather rice with spicey curry sauce (also breakfast)
  • Malaysia is the home of the Satay with peanut sauce – one of my all-time favourites – mmm (I’ll gain wait)
  • Depending on what type of food, you’ll eat it differently: Chinese food with chopsticks and square spoon, Malay food is eaten with the hands (except they eat rice with a spoon), washing hands is part of a restaurant visit,…
  • And depending on the group, they eat or not certain things: Continue reading

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12 Dec

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