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Lhasa's Palace. Monasteries and Temples

CHINA | Saturday, 20 Mar 2010 | Views [1186] | Comments [4]

I only had a five day break between jobs so it was always going to be a quick trip. The travel agency was nervous about getting the required Tibet Travel Permits for us because in the last few years a Tibetan religious festival at the end of the ... Read more >

Tags: lhasa, monasteries, monks, tibet, yak

Photos: Lhasa's Temples and a Palace

CHINA | Wednesday, 17 Mar 2010 | Photo Gallery

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Qinghai - Tibet train trip

CHINA | Wednesday, 17 Mar 2010 | Views [792]

Back on the trains again, this time across the Qinghai Plateau and in to Tibet. The Chinese are very proud of this rail line - as they are of most things they get right - but it is certainly a interesting trip. There are commentaries along the way letting ... Read more >

Tags: ice, snow, tibet, trains, yak

Photos: Qinghai-Tibet Railway

CHINA | Tuesday, 16 Mar 2010 | Photo Gallery

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Tags: ice, snow, train, yak

Photos: Bulacan / Palawan

PHILIPPINES | Wednesday, 2 Dec 2009 | Photo Gallery

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Photos: Rowie's first trip to Aus

AUSTRALIA | Wednesday, 2 Dec 2009 | Photo Gallery

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Holidays in the Sun II

PHILIPPINES | Wednesday, 2 Dec 2009 | Views [722]

We managed to come in to Manila for one birthday and left the day of another, so it's been a holiday full of birthday parties. Caren and Nanay are both a year older now and we were there to celebrate with them as well. Bulacan is an hour or so's drive ... Read more >

Tags: diving, island, snorkelling

Holidays in the Sun

AUSTRALIA | Wednesday, 2 Dec 2009 | Views [635] | Comments [1]

It was realy good to catch up with everyone in Harden after way too long. From there Rowie and I found our way up to Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast for a bit of sightseeing and to play the tourists. We managed to surprise the manager of the ... Read more >

Tags: diving, koala, snakes

Gallery: Ball game in Fukuoka & Kumamoto

JAPAN | Sunday, 30 Aug 2009 | Photo Gallery

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Castles, Ball Games, Bike Rallies and Volcanoes

JAPAN | Sunday, 30 Aug 2009 | Views [1956]

Last weekend I got invited to to go along to a Baseball game between Japan's top two teams in Fukuoka. Why not? Never been to a ball game, and was not disappointed. Only knowing the most basic of the rules, I sat up there behind the guy who catches the ... Read more >

Tags: bikes, castles, games, volcanoes

Gallery: Kokura, Shimonoseki

JAPAN | Sunday, 16 Aug 2009 | Photo Gallery

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Taking in some Kitakyushu sights

JAPAN | Sunday, 16 Aug 2009 | Views [1399]

Kita is north in Japanese, and Kyushu is the southernmost of the main islands in Japan. Kitakyushu is the main city in the north of Fukuoka prefecture at the northern end of the island. A couple of weeks ago two of us went for a train ride out to ... Read more >

Tags: fish, islands, space

Gallery: Kokura

JAPAN | Sunday, 19 Jul 2009 | Photo Gallery

Summer Festival weekend
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Kokura Gion Taiko 2009

JAPAN | Sunday, 19 Jul 2009 | Views [1391] | Comments [1] | Video

The Japanese call Kokura the "Lucky City". Apparently the pilot of the B29 with the second atomic bomb "Fat Man" was told to only drop it if he had clear skies and could see the target. Despite three runs at the target the cloud held ... Read more >

Tags: drums, festivals

Melaka Day Trip

MALAYSIA | Sunday, 24 May 2009 | Views [1976]

Found it Dad. 'North up the coast from Melaka 20 -30 minutes'. How hard could that be? Not that easy when it's your first time here and the instructions are fifty years old. All that is there now is a huge Petronas (State fuel company) facility, a ... Read more >

Gallery: Melaka, Malaysia

MALAYSIA | Sunday, 24 May 2009 | Photo Gallery

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Gallery: Harbin,Nth China

CHINA | Monday, 2 Feb 2009 | Photo Gallery

Ice and Snow Festival
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Harbin Ice & Snow Sculpture Festival

CHINA | Monday, 2 Feb 2009 | Views [1412] | Comments [1]

Last winter was my first northern hemisphere winter, and come Xmas holidays last year, the last direction I was going to head was further north(I went south to Sanya on Hainan island instead). This year I thought I had better go while I am still so close.... Read more >

Tags: china, harbin, ice, snow

This is one of those 'Don't try this at home' situations.

CHINA | Sunday, 11 Jan 2009 | Views [1423] | Comments [1]

Five guys walk in to a hospital with an empty baijiu (local firewater - 'white wine') bottle and ask for it to be filled with pure alcohol. Back to the beginning; We set off from Chang Shan Hao gold mine at around 8:00 AM in -20 or so weather in ... Read more >

Tags: china, cold, driving, laughs

Gallery: Mui Ne, Vietnam

VIETNAM | Saturday, 3 Jan 2009 | Photo Gallery

Kiting Vietnam
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