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

  • 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
  • 2017 Sipadan & Europe Escaping the Kiwi winter this year involves arguably the world's best diving in Borneo before going to mediterranean Europe, Scandinavia and then another stop in Borneo for Mum's ...
    Posted 18 Sep 2017, 14:50 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

  • Eating in the Nordic countries Everything including food is so goddamn expensive we're living off meals from supermarkets, 7 Eleven sandwiches and Subway Sub-of-the-Day.  [View photos]
    Posted 22 Sep 2017, 15:27 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

  • Grocery shopping in my local suburb I'm very lucky to live near Northcote where there is an Indonesian-owned supermarket and a mainland Chinese one.  I get access to some fine stuff which people in ...
    Posted 28 Jun 2017, 18:57 by Alex Chan
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