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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