Monthly Archives: December 2012

(Un)Happiness, A Sense of Play and Making the Best of It

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It’s been a whole year since I sat in New York, imagining myself in Singapore dreaming of New York.  I can’t believe how quickly a year has passed.  And I have to ask myself, one year hence, if the quality … Continue reading

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Christmas Time is Here…

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Chrismas time is here… And here I am in Ipoh, Malaysia, at an amazing spa retreat – The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat – cradled in the middle of three towering limestone cliff. I’m watching mist gather over the geothermal lake that … Continue reading

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Commercial, Residential and (Multi-)Religious Architecture in Vientiane

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Despite being the smallest capital city in Southeast Asia, Vientiane is no less diverse ethnically and religiously.  Its commercial and religious architecture is consequently, one of the most interestingly diverse as well so far on the Grand Tour. It’s almost … Continue reading

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Colonial and Institutional Architecture in Vientiane

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Where colonial and institutional architecture is concerned, Vientiane resembles its cousin Phnom Penh, with many colonial villas now housing government institutions, and many civic institutions occupying modernist and art deco buildings from the ‘50s and ‘60s. There are two main … Continue reading

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The Settha Palace Hotel, Vientiane

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The Remains of the Day The Settha Palace Hotel is one of two legendary hotels in Vientiane, the other being the Lane Xang Hotel, built in the 1960s by the Russians, and famous for having played host to Beat author … Continue reading

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The Grand Tour VII – Sabaidee! … Vientiane, Laos

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“Laos is as different from Vietnam as Big Sur is from Long Island.”  Hunter S. Thompson, Checking Into the Lane Xang In Its Own Time Ten years is a long time between visits.  But then, I never expected to revisit … Continue reading

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Liberty Street – Coda (World Financial Center and Battery Park City)

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The song nears its end. We hear the same theme we heard during the introduction, except this time, it is in a hopeful D Major. It suggests that Death has won over the Maiden. We can almost imagine her, sleeping … Continue reading

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