Saturday, May 30, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
… and back by popular demand. After a few years’ pout, this beautiful city has found its old self – quirky, creative and open-minded. Yet beneath the self-assured exterior, mental notes are everywhere. Not long ago the Netherlands swung towards the right, with crackdowns on immigration, religious freedom and red-light districts. Even in freewheeling Amsterdam, people were asking themselves: is too much tolerance a bad thing?
You can breath easy: the soul-searching is over. The core values of Dutch society that we knew and loved have emerged intact. Newcomers who integrate are welcome; practising a faith is OK, as is the right to turn away from it. You like reefer madness? Fine, let’s hit a coffeeshop. A studded jockstrap for skate night? No problem, that’s crazy enough. Tolerance hasn’t gone out of fashion, it’s just had a makeover.
The city’s gorgeous looks haven’t faded either. The moments you spend ogling the old merchants’ villas, the Jordaan’s charming lanes or the lush Vondelpark are as magical now as in centuries past. The cafés are full, the museums are littered with Golden Age art and everyone still parties like there’s no tomorrow. Amsterdam is a delight to visit any time of year, but it’s hard to trump Queen’s Day, the world’s biggest party-cum–garage sale. In summer there’s an endless parade of festivals and events such as the Holland Festival, the Roots Music Festival and the outrageous Gay Pride parade, as well as delightful concerts on canal stages.
Verdict - definitely a must visit destination before you die
If circumstances are bad and you have to bear them , do not make them part of you .Play your part in life , but never forget that it is only a role.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Inside Pha Tat Luang
Monks seeking alms at the street of vientiane
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
Sunday, May 17, 2009
roti canai in the making
typical nasi lemak and roti canai stall in malaysia
Saturday, May 16, 2009
From Beijing , board the trans mongolian railway from beijing which will take you on a 36 hours journey to Ulaanbataar in Mongolia.From Ulaanbataar there is the Trans Mongolian railway which will take you across the Gobi Desert to the Ulan ude the capital city Buryat republic in Russia for your onwards connection via the Transiberian Railway.
From Ulan Ude catch the Tran Siberian railway for the 5 days journey to the Yaroslavsky Rail Terminal in Moscow.From Moscow Belorusskaia station there is a train which will take you to Berlin in Germany.And from Berlin you can easily go to any european destination by land.
Friday, May 15, 2009
I can't find an english word for "bedak sejuk" , literally it meant cold talcum but i'm not sure wheter people outside malaysia use it.Anyway i will leave it to my reader from outside of malaysia to give me the answer.It is a traditional remedy made using powdered rice and it was supposedly a cure for your acne problem .
Start your journey here from penang to bangkok by boarding the Express Antarabangsa which will take you on a 24 hour journey to bangkok.
From hualamphong ,bangkok , there is a daily train which will take you to aranyaprathet close to the border of cambodia.From aranyaprathet take a tuk-tuk to rongklua market and walk to the Thailand and Cambodia crossing into Poipet
From poipet take a taxi which will take you to Siem Reap .From Siem Reap proceed to Phnom penh on a 5-6 hours journey by bus.From Phnom penh you then proceed to Ho chi minh via boat through the mekong delta to the border at Chau Dac and then from Chau Dac to Ho Chi minh by bus.Or alternatively you can travel by bus from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh city
From Ho Chi Minh proceed to Hanoi via train .In hanoi there is a chinese operated twice weekly train between hanoi and beijing , China.
TO BE CONTINUED.........................................
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Talat Sao (morning market)