Monthly Archives: March 2014

Under the weather

I haven’t written anything for the last week. As a matter of fact, I haven’t done much at all during the last three days. That is because I’ve been sick. Plagued by heavy fever, headaches, and constant shivering, I’ve spent most of my time in bed. I’m not sure if it was the Malaysian food […]


drivers and pedestrian in saigon vietnam

Drivers and pedestrians

Everybody thinks they’re a good driver. Also, almost all people I’ve talked to about the subject believe that their fellow-countrymen are the worst drivers in the world. That’s not strange, since most people drive mostly within their own country, and thus encounter the most cases of bad road behaviour right there (in psychology this is […]


A coffee shop encounter in Penang

I am in Penang, Malaysia. In Georgetown to be precise. Despite the heavy traffic and the run-down look of most building, I feel quite at home here. The town centre is easy to navigate, there is amazing and cheap food to be found, most people speak excellent English and are polite (that’s what 200 years […]

armenian street heritage hotel georgetown penang

golden mermaid songkhla

Friendly smiles

Since my last blog post I’ve crossed the border into Malaysia. It was the easiest border crossing yet. I took the ferry from Satun to Langkawi. All I had to do was get stamped out at the ferry station on the Thai side and get stamped in on the Malaysian side. No visa, no bribes, […]


Inland territory 2

Over the past week I’ve been calling two islands in the Gulf of Thailand ‘home’: Koh Tao and Koh Phangan. Koh Tao is known for one, and pretty much only one thing: scuba diving. It is one of the cheapest places in the world to take diving lessons, and ranks second to only Cairns, Australia, […]

koh phangan inland road

police man

On crime

One interesting thing I noticed during my stay on the small island of Koh Chang Noi in the Andaman sea (see my blog post ‘My small island retreat‘), was that there is virtually no crime on the island. The resort where I was staying employed an honours system for food and drinks. You could order […]


My small island retreat 8

I’m writing this post from Koh Chang Noi, a small island in the Andaman sea. There isn’t much here in terms of development: a small fishing village, about a dozen or so bungalow resorts (the word resort being used loosely), and a handful of eccentrics scattered across the island living a hermit-like lifestyle. There are […]

koh chang noi island in the andaman sea