Indian Waters

A Palace beside the River

18/11/2016 17:27
When the King of Siam Phrabat Somdet Phra, also known as Rama I the Great, decided to move the kingdom capital from Thonburi to neighbour Krung Thep must have thought in a place which don’t lack of any of the charms the King Sun got at Versailles. He built beside the Chao Phraya River Bangkok’s...

Temples in the Jungle

06/05/2016 18:20
From the shrine highest terrace, the morning sun warms the rough surface of the stony bells covering the Bodhisattva statues. One after another in a never ending succession. In the distance the top of Mount Merapi smokes above the clouds that hide its slopes. Looks like a majestic apsara, a...

Carmen and the Chocolate Hills

15/01/2016 10:04
Looks like a children’s tale name and practically it is. Once upon a time there was an island surrounded by more islands where two angry giants start to fight throwing stones each other. Such was their displeasure that the fight lasted for days and days until finally both realizing that will be no...

A Batak Wand

10/09/2015 18:39
It is the main Batak sorcerer’s tool. With it they call the rain, the welfare and protection for the community, keep enemies away, is the panacea for almost everything. They call it tunggal panaluan or tunggal malek or malehat. It’s the priest's magic wand. Batak had been a nomadic and warlike...

Seoul Palaces

11/06/2015 19:55
A sitting tiger smokes a long pipe parsimoniously. He looks at me as if I had always been there. Two herons take flight towards the sunset through the clouds. Maybe are the clouds of smoke exhaled by the tiger. No wonder who they are or what are they doing in my dream. Awake in Namsan-Dong hotel....

Visions of Galle

09/03/2015 17:29
Galle is Sri Lanka fourth largest city and, until it was overtaken by Colombo in the nineteenth century, was the most important port in the country. It turned dramatically affected by Boxing Day 2004 tsunami, with the exception of its fortified, walled old town, placed on a small peninsula that...

Namaste Kathmandu

12/01/2015 13:03
Once, Kathmandu Valley was a lake of considerably wide. Just in the middle a pretty lotus grew up. When it bloomed the beauty attracted even the attention of the gods. To approach to contemplate the flower the gods emptied the lake making a deep cut in the mountains that hold the water. One...

And Demons are Spying

10/09/2014 17:16
In Bali the gods watch human actions meanwhile demons carefully follow their movements with their still stony and bulging eyes, crouching among temples’ lights and shadows. They don’t miss any detail while the unaware faithful come in and out. In Tirta Empul there are challenging lion's with jaws...

Bali, where the Gods are Staring

26/08/2014 18:30
Skilfully Liah gathers some rice with a few small pieces of fruit and frangipani white petals with a hint of yellow in the centre and a pinch of salt and chilli. With the certainty that habitude provides deposits the jumble on a small domestic shrine, in front of an image of the goddess Dewi Sri as...

Where the Dragon Soars

29/05/2014 10:37
More than a millennium ago, a Vietnamese emperor, Lý Thái Tổ, built a new capital for his kingdom. In a poetic outburst he named it Thăng Long, meaning where the dragon soars. Name changed more times until Western colonialism mutated Đông Kinh in Tonkin. Another less poetic emperor, Minh Mang,...

Sigiriya Damsels

04/03/2014 15:20
Sometimes I glance over in my living room, a printed cloth I bought a few years ago in a Negombo market. It’s a batik. As time goes by and especially with exposure to light it fades remarkably. Is particularly noticeable on the black inks. Two graceful richly bejewelled young ladies, compose, from...

A Tale of Two Cities

06/12/2013 17:07
Both are two of the most significant cities in Java. Surabaya is the second largest by its population, its business and its port, base for the Indonesian Navy. The other, Yogyakarta, by the concentration of universities and consequently for students. Here, from time to time, Mount Merapi recalls...

The Eastern Capital

08/11/2013 13:48
That’s the meaning of Tōkyō, the world’s largest urban agglomeration, with about thirty-six million people in its metropolitan area. Tokyo won the title to Kyoto in 1868, along the Meiji Restoration and the decline of the shogunate, when Emperor was established in Edo Castle. Today the giant TV...

Buddha's Tooth

05/09/2013 17:32
When Siddhartha Gautama finished his reincarnation cycles by a stomach poisoning, some 486 years before Christ did, his body was burnt with sandalwood along the river Chotta Gandak, in Kushinara, present state of Uttar Pradesh, India.It is said, once cremation ceremony was over, eight relics from...

Danau Toba

31/05/2013 19:53
The sensation get across the plane’s door threshold is as to be knocked out with a huge boxing glove. It really knocks. Senses are stunned with the high contrast after all the hours enjoying the cabin air con with a reality that exceeds forty Celsius degrees and eighty percent humidity. Down the...
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