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Island of the Gods – The Royal Cremation in Ubud

Royal Cremation in Ubud... Events like these simply don't happen very often. So when they do you can expect a large turnout of both locals, who come to pay their respects, and tourists eager to witness the ceremony. Ubud is, in many ways, the artistic and cultural epicenter of Bali. It's former royal family still hold huge influence and respect there. So when Tjokorda Istri Sri Tjandrawati, the wife of Tjokorda Gde Putra Sukawati and the leader of that family, passed away on the 14th of October it called for a palebon agung cremation ceremony. Royal Cremation in Ubud - The Palebon Agung Palebon agungs are reserved only for royals. As opposed to the more common ngaben ceremony for normal Balinese. They are noted for their splendor - so it was with great … Read More...

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Tibet by Motorcycle – Lhasa’s Old Tibetan Quarter

Tibet by Motorcycle... This was a journey that was the culmination of many years of wondering... What is this mystical region on the roof of the world really like? And while there are manifold ways to prepare for such a journey. For me there were only two real options - … Read More

Travelling on the Tibetan Plateau – Getting to Sertar

Getting to Sertar was probably the toughest journey I have ever made in China. 14 hours of grueling driving with virtually no amenities along the way. The journey was particularly bad because it was done at the peak of the highway re-construction that should make it all … Read More

An Evening in North Korea – The Pyongyang Restaurant

An Evening in North Korea... Mixed feelings probably best describes my reaction to the offer of an evening in North Korea. I was in the scenic and historic Chinese city of Hangzhou on a business trip and had accepted an offer of dinner. When I asked where we would be … Read More

Buying a Vespa in Bali – Not Quite What it Seems!

Buying a Vespa in Bali was something I always promised myself I would do one day. So a couple of years ago, after we had built our house here, I decided to make good on that promise... Vespas were the standard village transport prior to the onslaught of the … Read More

Travelling on the Tibetan Plateau – Tibetan Sky Burial

Tibetan Sky Burial... My Chinese friend Jun Quan and I had traveled through the Amdo area of the Tibetan Plateau. Arriving in the north-east of Sichuan Province on the border with Gansu Province at the town of Langmusi. We wanted to visit the two well-known Sertri and … Read More

Photographing Borobudur in Central Java

Borobudur is simply one of the most spectacular cultural monuments in Indonesia. But it is also one of the country's most visited tourist attractions, so it can be quite challenging to photograph without having dozens of people in the frame. But with some careful … Read More

Pampang Dayak Village in Kalimantan

The Dayaks of Borneo are the original, non-Muslim, indigenous people of this huge island  – the third largest in the world. Traditionally they lived in the dense rainforest areas along the upper reaches of the big rivers of Borneo, in small communities of 200 to 300 … Read More

Hanuabada Stilt Village in Port Moresby

Hanuabada Stilt Village... Stilt houses, or pile dwellings as they are sometimes called, used to be very common in PNG's capital Port Moresby. But times have changed and today there are only two stilt villages left - Hanuabada on the north-west outskirts of the city and … Read More

Travelling on the Tibetan Plateau – The Road to Langmusi

The Road to Langmusi... High up in the Amdo area of the Tibetan Plateau is the small scenic town of Langmusi. Located in the north-east tip of Sichuan Province, Langmusi straddles the border with neighboring Gansu Province. Langmusi is known principally for its two … Read More

Travelling on the Tibetan Plateau – The Waqie Pagodas

The Waqie Pagodas... The Ruoergai Grasslands in the northwest of Sichuan Province was where we were headed. But it's a two-day drive from our starting point in Chengdu and our journey took us high up on to the Tibetan Plateau through the area devastated by the 2008 … Read More