Category Archives: Asia

New Ancient Cave Paintings

45,000 years ago ice sheets covered the polar regions and mountain tops of the world. Human population during this glacial period had been calculated to have been in the tens or thousands, if not even less. Homo sapiens outbirthed neanderthals, fighting for shelters such as caves. recently researchers discovered a cavern in Sulawesi covered with […]

Singapore To Bangkok By Train

In 1990 I bought a second-class ticket from Singapore to Bangkok with stops in Penang and Suranthani. The old Pearl of the Orient was too clean for me. The Chinese president had ordered the city-state’s police to fine people for chewing gum or not washing their hands after using the WC. Effacing the walls with […]

SEA LEGS by Peter Nolan Smith

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 Christo Colon returned from the New World with tobacco and slaves, […]

The Star Ferry Of Hong Kong

The Star Ferry has traversed the harbor between Kowloon and Hong Kong for well over a hundred years. The owner took the name from Tennyson’s CROSSING THE BAR, “Sunset and evening star, and one clear call for me!” Two weeks I stood on the decks of the Celestial Star, the oldest ship in the fleet. […]

Pandaphants

Pandas are notoriously slow breeders; indifferent to sex, however Thai zoo authorities have succeeded where native Chinese zoos have failed by breeding pandas with elephants. Tens of pandaphants are tromping around Thailand. Come and see the amazement. They are a sight to see.