Category Archives: Asia

70 years after Hiroshima, ‘secret’ survivor in unlikely place

Apparently there’s a survivor of the world’s first atomic attack — the bombing of Hiroshima, Japan, living in, of all places, Washington, DC. It withstood the U.S. attack that led to the end of World War II 70 years ago. … Continue reading

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A New Year celebration where you can’t make noise

For those of us in the western hemisphere, this March 21 is merely the big thaw into spring after hibernating all winter. In Bali, Indonesia, it’s New Year’s Day. But they don’t say Happy New Year there, exactly. They might … Continue reading

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Journey to a part of JFK’s past: Vietnam

The 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy is bringing me back to a piece of his past — and mine. The Vietnam War. Granted, Vietnam was not nearly Kennedy’s war as much as it was those … Continue reading

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Three nights in Bangkok

I’ll admit the only thing I knew about Bangkok, Thailand, prior to a trip to Asia were the lyrics to “One Night in Bangkok” — that over-the-top song that made Murray Head a superstar in the ’80s. Trust me, once … Continue reading

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Why travel, when the same food’s better at home?

A while back, I announced I was going to be conducting a taste test of one of my favorite comfort foods: pho. That great Vietnamese soup just like my dearly departed Jewish grandma used to make. Well, not quite. But … Continue reading

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Georgetown, Malaysia: One big museum

As I mentioned, most of what I saw on the Eastern & Oriental Express was from the train. But it was nice to get out and mingle with the real world for a little while. We stopped in Malaysia and … Continue reading

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Eastern & Oriental Express: Big, beautiful tapestry

Warning: If you really want to see most of the places that the Eastern & Oriental Express cuts through in its path from Singapore to Bangkok, this isn’t the trip for you. Reason is, of course, you’re on this five-star … Continue reading

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