Monthly Archives: October 2012

Storm in New York

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Most of you would have known by now, that a massive tropical storm, one of the worst in a generation, hit the US Eastern Seaboard just yesterday (Monday night NY time, Tuesday SG time). New York City was one of … Continue reading

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The Grand Palace, Bangkok

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While Bangkok was never colonised, it was the seat of a colonial empire that encompassed most of what we now know as Indochina, and parts of present-day Malaysia and Burma.  Up until the early 20th century, the Kings of Siam … Continue reading

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An Afternoon in Old Bangkok

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Surprisingly for a city that has never been colonised, Bangkok has a surfeit of colonial architecture, belonging to the full range of European Imperial styles.  Because it was never colonized by any one European power, all the European powers are … Continue reading

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The Oriental Hotel, Bangkok

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Timeless Elegance Bangkok is also known for another legendary and venerable institution in Southeast Asia – almost as old and venerable as the Grand Palace itself.  This is the Oriental Hotel, versions of which has stood on the same site … Continue reading

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The Grand Tour V – Imperial Grandeur… Bangkok, Thailand

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“There it was, spread out largely on both banks, the Oriental capital which had yet suffered no white conqueror…” Joseph Conrad, The Shadow Line River of Kings I had fully intended to arrive at the Palace by river that morning. … Continue reading

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43rd St – SKY AND LANDFILL (9th Ave to the Circle Line)

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Hell is a field of condominiums, extending as far as the eye can see; like poppy blossoms in a bomb-riddled Afghani plain; faceless, featureless, nameless towers with nothing between them but sky and emptiness. This section of the street is … Continue reading

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43rd St – LIGHTS AND MAGIC (Theatre District, 6th – 9th Aves)

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Life is theater, and the theatre is life, no more so than here in this short expanse of street cutting through Broadway – the centre of the world where theatre is concerned. Nothing here is what it seems. Within the … Continue reading

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43rd St – SECRETS IN STONE (Grand Central Station to 6th Ave)

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It might as well be ancient Rome. The street is adorned with statues and reliefs depicting flora, fauna and human figurines in epic poses. Arches and columns proliferate, some with elaborate filigreed designs, others more humble. Words are carved into … Continue reading

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43rd St – SMOKE AND MIRRORS (The UN to Grand Central Station)

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At the edge of the world sits a Tower. And this Tower is no structure of brick and mortar, but a kind of illusion; a trick of the light, flickering electric blue in and out of sight; a coalescing of … Continue reading

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Manhattan in 12 Streets: 43rd St – UNREAL CITY

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(Even though I’m no longer in New York, the story of 12 of its streets must continue. Here’s Chapter IV.  Words and Photography by Yours Truly.) “The sky is a landfill. I see you take another drag.” Jeff Buckley, The … Continue reading

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