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Tales of Asia I – Malacca & Manila (Highlights)

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Dear armchair time-travellers, here’s a clip featuring highlights from my talk at the Woodlands Regional Library, Singapore on 18 October 2015. A link to entire talk is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYa3SA8_7HY Be sure to come for my next talk on 25th Oct… details … Continue reading

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Tales of Asia I – Malacca and Manila, 18 Oct, Sunday, 2 – 3 pm, Woodlands Regional Library

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The first talk of the Tales of Asia series journeys to Malacca and Manila, two of the oldest port cities in Southeast Asia, established by the Portuguese and Spanish respectively in the 1500s. The cities were mediaeval fortress towns complete … Continue reading

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Tales of Asia – Public Talks in Singapore, 18 Oct – 14 Nov 2015

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I’ve been silent for some time now…  That’s because I’ve been preparing for an epic series of 5 talks on 10 historic port cities in Southeast Asia. The talks shall feature histories and images from my book, The Romance of the … Continue reading

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A Dream of Old Malacca

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In 1883, the celebrated author and explorer, Isabella Lucy Bird had this to say about her extended sojourn in Malacca, to which she had decided to wend her trans-continental journey, on a whim: “Malacca fascinates me more and more daily. … Continue reading

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Majestic Hotel, Malacca

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Malacca doesn’t have a Grand Hotel per se, but it does have Majestic Hotel, which is almost as historic, and has been recently refurbished so it recalls these other Grand Hotels in the region. The “peranakan” or mixed architecture of … Continue reading

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The Grand Tour XI – Traços Portugueses: Malacca, Malaysia

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Malacca is the first European colony, and the most colonised city in Southeast Asia, having been taken over by the Portuguese in 1511, and having had not just one colonial master, but three (the Dutch from 1641, and the British … Continue reading

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