Thailand

It’s a wonderful life, even when it doesn’t feel like it

It’s a wonderful life, even when it doesn’t feel like it

It is hard to believe that tomorrow we will be flying home to celebrate Christmas in British Columbia. Christmas seems a very remote concept at the moment because for almost seven weeks we’ve been sitting our silent retreat in 37°C (no air conditioning) at a...

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Ringing in the Year of the Dog, Bangkok-style

Ringing in the Year of the Dog, Bangkok-style

  Thailand rings in Lunar New Year in a huge way. All across the city, in the days leading up to it, we watched people getting ready, cleaning their homes and sidewalks, putting out offerings, burning joss paper and incense. You could feel the excitement...

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An ode to the public buses of Bangkok

An ode to the public buses of Bangkok

  Once you’ve discovered Bangkok’s public transit system, you’ll never take a taxi again. In 2012, we ditched taxis (and mostly ditched tuk tuks – even though they’re so much fun). We discovered the public transit system in Bangkok. It’s a terrific way to get...

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We’re through with chasing winter around

We’re through with chasing winter around

  We’re in Bangkok, Thailand. It’s a perfect 24°C with a slight breeze. After chasing winter around for half a year, we are finally warm. The day we left Toronto, the poor city was heading into another deep freeze. That day most of the ground hog prognosticators,...

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Christmas Teletubbies in Bangkok

Christmas Teletubbies in Bangkok

We’re back in Thailand, at the end of our week-long stay in Bangkok. We’ve been preparing for our journey to Burma/Myanmar. arranging our travel visas and trying to find US dollars that are in mint condition -- new, crisp, unmarked, unfolded. Burma has a strange...

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Helping others and finding peace in the mountains of Java

Helping others and finding peace in the mountains of Java

We leave Bangkok for Jakarta tomorrow.  Our first stop in Indonesia will be the Vipassana meditation centre, Dhamma Java,  a 3-hour drive south of Jakarta. We will be there for almost two weeks while we will conduct a 10-day meditation retreat. Therefore, our next...

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Our great durian fruit adventure in Malaysia.

Our great durian fruit adventure in Malaysia.

We have just returned from a wonderful visit with Siew, Peter, Donovan and their friends in Penang, Malaysia. We decided to travel by overnight train which took about 22 hours, from Bangkok to Butterworth station in Penang. Our trip to Malaysia began with a taxi ride...

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Bangkok five years later: This time we love it

Bangkok five years later: This time we love it

We've finished our contract with NDI Nepal, leaving Kathmandu to make our way by air over the high mountains to Bangkok, Thailand. We've been here for about ten days. Tomorrow we hop a train to Malaysia where we'll spend a few days visiting our friend Siew who lives...

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