Category Archives: Asia

Eastern & Oriental Express: It’s a tough life

Last I mentioned the Eastern & Oriental Express, I was just about to board the train. And worried that my darling little pillbox hat would be on the ground in a crumpled heap before I ever made it to my … Continue reading

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Tale of two subways: New York and Singapore

A NYC subway train at the Kew Gardens station, not far from where I was born.  Taken on the way to JFK to catch flights to the Middle East and Southeast Asia. A station in Singapore’s subway system. The difference? … Continue reading

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Asia Chronicles: Managing to stay out of trouble in Singapore

I’m not trying to be funny. Everything I knew about Singapore — the jumping off point for my recent adventure aboard the Eastern & Oriental Express — was what everyone else seemed to know, too. That American kid who was … Continue reading

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Vietnam: Reopening old wounds

At the Vietnam War museum in Ho Chi Minh City, still also known as Saigon (as it was when the city was under the U.S.-backed government that was later overthrown almost 40 years ago). This time, the conflict I so … Continue reading

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Last leg of Asian adventure: Noodles, and lots of soupy air

A hectic few days in Bangkok, running around in the rainy season and sampling every curry dish known to man. Also doing my regular news job, which is why I haven’t been around much. This guy’s got the right idea … Continue reading

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Bangkok: But boss, I want to stay on de train

It’s over. My magic carpet ride, so to speak, on the Eastern & Oriental Express train. Started in Singapore, ended in Bangkok. Three days and two nights. (Are you keeping score? Because I’m losing track.) Bangkok is where I’m at … Continue reading

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Toto, I don’t think this is Penn Station

Waiting to board the Eastern & Oriental Express train at the Regent hotel in Singapore. No, that’s not where I stayed … Now boarding, and my computer battery is in its death throes. Lateh.

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