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Doing my homework.


This is a album of some of the most memorable times in my travels; moments that deserve their own albums in addition to being in my travel blogs.

Is Europe expensive?

posted 22 Sep 2017, 15:33 by Alex Chan

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On a New Zealand income, Europe used to be expensive. However, prices in New Zealand have crept up over the years. It's easy to be pleasantly surprised by the price of many things in many European countries (but not in Scandinavia).  [View photos]

Similarities of the Malay/Indonesian language to Maori & Samoan

posted 18 Sep 2017, 18:51 by Alex Chan

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I have known for a long time that there are some similarities between Malay (and its sibling Indonesian) to the Maori and Samoan languages. A few spare moments with Google Translate revealed close similarities for some basic words.  [View photos]

Berlin 2 day Stopover

posted 18 Sep 2017, 18:22 by Alex Chan

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Two day stopover in Berlin in between the cheapest flights from Sicily to Norway.  [View photos]

Sicily

posted 18 Sep 2017, 18:20 by Alex Chan   [ updated 18 Sep 2017, 18:23 ]

Sicily (of the Mafia and Godfather fame), is only a ferry ride away from our last port-of-call, Malta. But it was far cheaper to fly across at only EUR10 plus airport tax of EUR16.  Despite encounters with some crazy drivers, it made a good driving holiday.  [View photos]

Malta, a short stopover

posted 18 Sep 2017, 18:17 by Alex Chan   [ updated 18 Sep 2017, 18:24 ]

Malta lies between Italy and Libya. It has a rich history of influences including Phoenician, Arabic, Sicilian, Spanish, French and British. It made a stopover for joining together some cheap flights.  [View photos]

Algiers Stopover

posted 18 Sep 2017, 18:13 by Alex Chan   [ updated 18 Sep 2017, 18:25 ]

As Malaysians are one of seven nationalities that can visit Algeria visa-free, I decided to drop in for a visit. In terms of the time-warp factor, it reminds me of Havana.  [View photos]

Turkish Blue Cruise

posted 18 Sep 2017, 18:10 by Alex Chan   [ updated 18 Sep 2017, 18:26 ]

A Blue Cruise refers to an itinerary 
from Fethiye to Olympos along the south-west coast of Turkey, on board a gulet (traditional wooden boat). What a lovely early birthday present.  [View photos]

Memories of Papua in 2014

posted 20 Jun 2017, 23:26 by Alex Chan   [ updated 20 Jun 2017, 23:28 ]

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Memories from an adventure on the world's second largest island, Papua.  [View photos]

The Malay vs Indonesian Language

posted 4 Mar 2017, 01:05 by Alex Chan   [ updated 4 Mar 2017, 01:22 ]

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My travels in Indonesia, from Aceh to Papua, and also in its former territory Timor Leste has been enriched by being able to converse with locals in their language and gaining additional insight into their hearts and minds. It’s not always foolproof as there are some differences between the Malay and Indonesian languages. Let’s go through some of them.  [View photos]

Thaipusam 2017 in Singapore

posted 14 Feb 2017, 19:33 by Alex Chan   [ updated 14 Feb 2017, 19:35 ]

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Thaipusam, a Tamil Hindu festival celebrated on a large scale in a few cities in the world. It's an awesome sight and experience to see it here in Singapore but if you want a complete assault on your senses, try it in Kuala Lumpur next year.  [View photos]

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