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Asia

Balinese teak wood door from Gianyar

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I have discovered a shop with old doors on the way to Sukawati Pasar Seni today. I could not resist. I have to stop and ask about the price.

I will come back with a pickup truck.


Pizza Gili versus pizza Bali or just Pizza Indonesia

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When you stay long time in Asia, you care less about rice and chili. The pizza is always an event. Pizza served in Gili.

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Waiting for pizza in Bali.

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Christian church in Manado

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Manado is the second largest city in Sulawesi.

The Dutch missionaries under wings of powerful Oost Indische Compagnie VOC began to build their sacred temples in Manado in 17th century. The Dutch legacy has survived to this day.


Two worlds of Gili Trawangan : beach and underwater

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The Gili’s hot beach from Bali side with majestic Agung volcano in the background.

The waters around the island are inhabited by sea turtles.

 

 


View of Thaton and Kok river

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Visibility in North Thailand is very limited during scorching April. Nearby hills surrounding Thaton lose their contours and further mountains disappear in summer haze.

 


Sabah is green

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The area near the highest mountain in Borneo  – Mt. Kinabalu.


Gili Trawangan and hills of Lombok island on the horizon

Gili Trawangan

Gili Trawangan is my first destination for a short sea holidays.  Ko Chang in Thailand is out of fashion.

 


Feeding spirits in Bali

The Sidakarya mask feeds the spitits during the ceremony of ” house cleaning”.
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Warung Lembongan in Bali

On the way from Denpasar to Ubud I used to stop for a lunch at local eatery called Lembongan. Only fresh fish and fish soup is served there.

When visit Bali you should chose places popular among local people. Try to taste food at a typical Balinese warung.
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Riding from Pai to Pang Mapha

The road 1095 in Northern Thailand is spectacular and famous for its many curves.  There is 1,000 meters difference in elevation on 45 km stretch between Pai and Pang Mapha.

We reach a pass , the highest point of 1,431 meters above sea level on middle way. The temperature drops below 20 degrees C. October visibility is moderate.  The surrounding dark blue mountain ranges extending into Burma hiding in the afternoon fog.

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Pindaya Caves Buddhas in Shan State.

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The Burmese as well foreigners looking for luck or fortune leave their gilted bronze and alabaster Buddha images at Pindaya Caves.


The world around Bolilanga Island – Togian Islands

The Bolilanga Island – I would to recommend this island off the coast of Central Sulawesi for a vacation without hesitation.  However if you prefer to be in touch with somebody in the outside world – take with you a satellite phone.

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Doors leading to unlimited knowledge and atrial nirvana

Doors in a wat of Wiang Kum Kam lost city

Doors in a wat of Wiang Kum Kam lost city

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Wiang Kum Kam – a lost city in Chiang Mai

Wiang Kum Kam

Wiang Kum Kam

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Ancient city of Wiang Kum Kam was lost from historical records in 16th century.  The almost 900 years old city was rediscovered in 1984 near Ping river, 6 km from the Chiang Mai’s moat surrounding the tourist center.
You can visit the area dotted with  a few ruined temples in tuk tuk or hire a pony carriage at the front of main gate.


To become a prima ballerina in Thailand

Chiang Mai Ballet School

Tedious exercises at a ballet school in Chiang Mai.


Jumeaux

Twins

Les jumeaux d’un village des tribus montagnardes en Thaïlande du Nord.


Tau Tau effigies in Sulawesi

Toraja tau tau

Toraja tau tau

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The spirits of  dead Toraja nobles charmed in wooden statues guarding their graves hewn in a rock wall.


Master of sacred tattoo at work

Magic tattoo in progress

Magic tattoo in progress

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A prayer before tattooing a magic tattoo by monk

Yantra tatooing prayer

Yantra tatooing prayer

A Buddhist monk, Sak Yant master prays before tattooing a magic symbol on back of his devotee.


In shadow of Toraja granary. Sulawesi Island

Toraja granary

Toraja granary

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We come to a Toraja village situated on top of a hill. We take a rest in shadow of barn waiting for a meal.


Chinese fasade in Malacca

House in Malacca

House in Malacca

White plaster, geometric patterns on tiles, red lanterns.


Holidays on Togian Islands

A Togian Island

A Togian Island

I had had to give up red wine on the archipelago but survived.


My retreat in Chiang Dao

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Chiang Dao is one of my favorite places in Thailand. I wish to spend more time there.


A lahmacun in Vientiane

Lahmacun

Lahmacun

My favorite restaurant in Vientiane is called Via Via.  I love the good selection of wines there and all food coming from a pizza oven. Last time I ordered a lahmacun, which was truly delicious.