27 Mar, 2008 in India

Varanasi in north-eastern India, we were told, is very crowded and far-off our Rajasthan track, but wanting to experience the holy Ganges ceremony, my dad was suggested that we head up to the holy city of Rishikesh and see it there. Luckily, the Shatabdi train ride was so much better than my train experience in […]

25 Mar, 2008 in India
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I had a few hours to kill before my dad’s arrival to the Delhi Paharganj hell-hole. Same bullshit with that main bazaar road every time I step outside. I pick up a rickshaw, an English speaking guy comes up quickly and shoots out all the English speaking countries he ever heard of, and when I […]

24 Mar, 2008 in India
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Although Delhi’s Paharganj area was testing my backpacking travel skills in ways I wasn’t expecting, I sucked it all up and made my way to visit the Delhi main tourist attraction sites. There are some magnificent historical monuments in Delhi and I had about 2 days to explore those. First day, I started up with […]

23 Mar, 2008 in Kaohsiung

There’s something symbolic in where I spent my Taiwan election day. High up on the ShouShan mountain overlooking the sea and Kaohsiung city was the Martyrs’ Shrine : From its imposing, majestic and scenic location at the southern foot of Shoushan, Kaohsiung City’s Martyrs’ Shrine overlooks Kaohsiung Harbor and the city districts …

18 Mar, 2008 in Tainan

I owe thanks to John for alerting me about a KMT rally here in Tainan, maybe the biggest one that has come here to DPP land. I’ve been to some political rallies in Israel, but I’ve never seen anything quite like this. It was an exciting overwhelming political celebration for Ma Ying Jiu, the KMT […]

15 Mar, 2008 in Chinese culture, Taiwan
Ghost money burning : Gods worshiped at Tainan-Taiwan

Money burning is a long long tradition of the Taiwanese people, being an inherent practice in many Chinese culture rituals. Living in Tainan, one of Taiwan’s most traditional cities, I get to see alot of money burning. Yesterday, as I was sitting down at one of my regular coffee shops I noticed something going on […]

14 Mar, 2008 in Movie reviews
The American Betipul - HBO produces the extraordinary Israeli TV show with "In Treatment"

The Israeli “Betipul”, translated as “In therapy” , is one of the best TV dramas I’ve seen. Over a year and a half ago I described how overwhelmed I was with this show. I thought it was so powerful it knocked me off balance and occupied my soul. Even though it’s been a while …

13 Mar, 2008 in Taiwan
Taiwan High Speed Rail - HSR - Tainan - Taipei-11.JPG

Taiwan’s High Speed Rail (HSR) is a wonderful project. From northern Taipei to southern Kaohsiung in less than two hours is a conceptual revolution in the way distance is perceived in Taiwan. The way everything looks is extremely professional. The parking lot, taxi stand and drive-in are neatly arranged.   The stations …

12 Mar, 2008 in India
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Nothing prepared me for what I was about to see in Delhi. I must apologize, thinking of Delhi doesn’t do good for my soul, and I don’t really have a good reason why. It probably has some great neighborhoods and good spots, but I’ll do what I can to avoid going back there again. My […]

11 Mar, 2008 in India
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Having rested for a few days chilling out not doing much on the Goa beaches I headed out to try and see as much of Goa as possible. I started off with going up the mountain to the lovely Fort Aguada next to Candolim beach with the light-house overlooking the Panajai  beach and Coconut …

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