Category Archives: Asia

LOVE YOU LONG TIME – CHAPTER 2 by Peter Nolan Smith

The Garuda 747 landed in Biak. The large island dominated the eastern end of the Indonesian archipelago. The slate blue bay of Cendrawasih mirrored 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 […]

Lijiang 1995

In the summer of 1995 my younger brother, Michael, passed from this world and I voyaged around the world on my way to Tibet, where I would pray for his soul. I stayed short times in LA, Honolulu, Bangkok, and Chiang Mai. In September I flew north to Kumming and after a few days traveled […]

NOTHING BETTER THAN PIZZA by Peter Nolan Smith

Back in 1995 I left the USA after the death of my younger brother. My plan was to visit the holiest places in Asia to expiate Michael’s sins. I was a non-believer, but felt this pilgrimage would help his soul on the other side. By late August I was residing in old Yunnan city of […]

Penang Funicular

In 1994 I was stranded in Penang, Malaysia. The magazine for which I had been writing a series of stories about SE Asia had folded without buying my return ticket to the States. I had enough money to stay at the Swiss Hotel $3/night, eat at the Chinese and Indian restaurants on Chulia Street, and […]

Penang Gone

Sumatra was a lost world in 1990. Tigers prowled the western jungles of Indonesia largest island. Volcanoes glowed in the night. I drank Bintang beer with the ancestors of headhunters. Inside their long houses skull adorned the main beam. Cutting off heads for the Bataks was an ancient tradition, forbidden by the central government in […]