Category Archives: Asia

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 […]

Par 4 at the Killing Fields Country Club

Eleven 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 […]

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 […]

Siam or Thailand?

Pattaya is not in Siam but Thailand. Why? Supposedly military-backed government was scared Burma might invade Siam and sent new maps to Rangoon with Thailand instead of Siam. The generals figured the Burmese would think that Siam had vanished from the face of the planet, eliminating the need for war anymore and to be truthful […]

The Meaning of Pure

This is a video of my story THE MEANING OF PURE. In 1995 I crosse the Himalayas and traveled to Benares. Swimming in the Ganges washed away your sins. My bath in the Mother of India was dedicated to my baby brother who had passed from AIDS earlier in the summer. Michael Charles Smith comes […]