What's New?

Becaks (rickshaws) lined up in Solo, Indonesia.

Here's a summary on what's new on this site and in life.  Some things, while very dear to me, like cats and home cooking won't get updated very much ... that's because there's often nothing new to report.

Travel Blogs

  • A week on the island of Suqutra Eleven years ago today, I embarked on the most fabulous adventure of my life, to the island of Suqutra (Socotra) which lies off Somalia but part of Yemen. A whole ...
    Posted 1 Mar 2018, 18:12 by Alex Chan
  • 2017 Central Asia & NE India A trip to Central Asia had been on the cards for many years but I finally make it happen, and combine it with India's north-east.  [Read blog]  [View ...
    Posted 18 Nov 2017, 17:00 by Alex Chan
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Travel Gallery

  • Is Europe expensive? 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 ...
    Posted 22 Sep 2017, 15:33 by Alex Chan
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Eating 'round the world

  • Around the world with McDonald's, KFC, Burger King etc While travelling, it is often necessary to eat quickly on the go. I like to see how the international fast food chains put a local twist into their menu.  [View ...
    Posted 1 Mar 2018, 23:24 by Alex Chan
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  • Nyoman, our not-so-new cat This is a growing collection of post-adoption photos of Nyoman's life with us. She's turned out to be a little "si betina" dragging in quite a few ...
    Posted 15 May 2014, 04:14 by Alex Chan
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  • 2013 Semporna: Mataking, Sipadan and Sipadan Coming to Semporna a third time, I seem not to be as lucky as before with barracudas but there are still plenty of turtles.  For most people, this is still ...
    Posted 18 Sep 2017, 17:40 by Alex Chan
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My home cooking

  • Home Cooking 2018 Many people have very set ideas as to how certain ingredients are used.  Eg. rhubarb is stewed with sugar and used in desserts.  I start the year challenging this by ...
    Posted 1 Mar 2018, 18:10 by Alex Chan
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