Category Archives: Asia

SEA LEGS by Peter Nolan Smith

Spice dominated the trade between Asia and Europe for centuries and the oriental lore of processing roots, seeds, and bark into food enhancers inspired western travelers to seek various detours around the Arab middlemen profiting from the lucrative East-West trade route. Adventurous voyagers stood to reap fortunes from their success. Failures were many. In 1493 […]

LOVE YOU LONG TIME – CHAPTER 2 by Peter Nolan Smith

The Garuda 747 landed in Biak, a large island floating on a slate blue sea mirroring the equatorial sky. Males went naked except for a gourd on their penis. They played guitars. I stayed at an old Dutch hotel opposite the airport. I watched the Buster Douglas-Mike Tyson fight in a grass hut on the […]

April 17, 1975 – Bangkok calling Phnom Penh

Forty-two years ago the forces of the Khmer Rouge captured Phnom Penh. Joyous crowds greeted the jungle fighters with the hope of peace. The radio operator of the Royal Cambodian Army in Sihanoukville broadcasted a last message to his compatriot in his capitol. Lieou Phin Oum. “Goodbye sir. See you in Phnom Penh.” The Lieutenant […]

Par 4 at the Killing Fields Country Club

Ten years ago in a move destined to have the late Cambodian despot Pol Pot spinning in his grave _ if he had one _ the former Khmer Rouge cadres in their stronghold of Pailin embraced a plan to cash in on the country’s tourism boom and build a golf course. Not that they know […]

Tibetan Dogs

There is an old joke about Tibetan street dogs that is more than part true. Why do you need two sticks to take a shit in Tibet? One to hold onto and another to beat off the dogs. I never had occasion to relieve myself in the cities of Tibet, however more than once I […]