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Asia » Malaysia » Penang » George Town May 25th 2009

Got up and did a yoga practice this morning for an hour. Lots of leg stretching after that long plane ride. I totally forgot about my dental appointment that I had teed up in Australia with Dr Khoo. I am going to get all that amalgam they stuck in my teeth as some kind of preventative filling technique way back in the 70s. I haven't seen the dentist since I last saw her when I was last out here 4 years ago! After I get picked up by Kerri Felina Grandma and Paigey to go to Salamat Lorong to eat Cha Kuai teow from the red beret lady. Off to Plaza Gurney because that's the thing you do in Penang (go to the mall) Padang for Laksa Back to Ah Kim's to hang around a bit ... read more
Kerri shooting Snuggles
PI-WEI Penang May 2009 . Konica 012
PI-WEI Penang May 2009 . Konica 015

Asia » Malaysia » Penang » George Town May 24th 2009

Well here I am in Jakarta writing about Penang..... I've really enjoyed my visit in Penang and wish I had more time but I guess that's the best way to leave a place. I stayed with my cousin Felina and her daughter Paige in her new beach side appartment which she has just finished renovating. Penang as always has been about family and food and this visit has been no different except that I have moved along the family tree somewhat and have more autonomy of what I want to eat! a quick explanation of family connections: Kevin is Felina's hubby, Kerri is her sister, Ah Kim is her mum, Ah Khoo is her dad and grandma is Ah Khoo's and my mother's mother. OK enjoy the photos~!... read more
Goreng Pisan & tee kwai psian
Kevin & Paige
tofu fa

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Wollongong May 23rd 2009

About to leave for the airport in an hour after I eat something. This time I'll be going to Penang, Jakarta and then Bali for a yoga retreat. I't s going to be a very relaxing holiday, sort of the antidote to India which was just ssooooo jam packed full of India India India. Will be visiting family for the Penang and Jakarta bit which already puts me into the blase tourist category. And Bali will be mostly in a yoga retreat with Carole Bailargeon of Darwin Yoga Space. I actually first met her in my last trip to India. The plan? RELAXATION, massage, pedicures, spas, self nourishment, indulgence, hanging with family, and lots of focused yoga practice. This is the 3rd hoiday I've taken my yoga mat to....lucky little thing eh?! Please drop me a ... read more
flat magpie

Asia » India » Uttar Pradesh » Agra December 2nd 2008

First lets just get one thing straight......we are not blown to smithereens and do not intend to be, in the past present or future. "incidentally do you know that there is no such thing as a smithereen? the word only exists in plural......" if you know where that quote comes from you will also know the paper back travel companion I am traveling with. The Taj Mahal like the Taj hotel is a famous landmark of Indian history accidentally left over from a previous occupant. I did not ever intend on visiting either but it seems I shall be visiting both on this trip. Our arrival in Delhi was unanimously shunned as all the guest houses and hotels were filled with hindu and Moslem festival goers as well as voters. Of all the dates to enter ... read more
Agra Fort
Photo 1
Dad in Jaipur

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Wollongong November 23rd 2008

I'm on the verge of leaving teetering on the edge of something not quite here not quite there ........................................ I have packed ridiculously light and may suffer hypothermia along the way as well as very bad fashion. I've not booked much in advance just the plane tickets and one internal flight form Delhi to Mumbai, which I think I'll try and change when I arrive. I have also booked online a train ticket to Varanasi from Delhi as I just want to get our of Delhi as fast as possible once I arrive. the Indian rail site is really great and even though I haven't booked my train journeys I have looked up the times so I have a good idea of what trains I do want to catch. And I've put all that info into ... read more

Oceania » Australia October 15th 2007

"what you've got I don't need and what I need you don't have," she said to him and he got into his clothes and into his car and drove down the streets of night thinking, what I got I need; in fact, i need it more all the time he parked outside the bar went in had a whiskey with beer- chaser then went to the phone dialed the number. "hello," she said. "hello," he said, "I won't be back." "What about your clothes?" "throw them out." he hung up went back to the barstool for refills. "how's it going?" asked the barkeep. "about the same," he answered. "nothin' new, eh?" "no." the barkeep walked off as he looked down at the whiskey and thought, old friend, you may kill me but you've got what I ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Newtown June 2nd 2007

We parked in Gladstone St opposite the Craigo Mills home to the Omeo dance studio started by Roslyn Crisp. We were after the best Turkish pizza in Sydney at Saray on Enmore Rd. “I thought she looked like spastic puppet pulling her own strings or like she was doing some kind of epileptic tai chi.” Brett searched for words to express how he hated Ros’ performance in a kind of conversational way. He knew that Paul was on his side as the beer was passed his way. “I don’t class that as dance, it was more like mime. I think of dance as having some sort of grace, but that was just ugly.” Though my response to Danse (1) was different, I could not disagree with the descriptions of Paul and Brett. I first came ... read more
boys will be boys

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Wollongong May 28th 2007

Kitchen moments Australasia » Australia » New South Wales » Wollongong » Wollongong By valeriavine May 28th 2007 Valeria Vinefeast your eyes. It was all delicious.... read more
fish 1
sage chicken
my stove nook

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Wollongong May 27th 2007

Wonderful Wollongong Australasia » Australia » New South Wales » Wollongong » Wollongong By valeriavine May 27th 2007 Valeria VineI am sometimes struck by just how beautiful it is. Cooled to the bone stillness, body milted and shed of the day's slough weighing our clothes to the floor. Does a tongue start behind the teeth and end somewhere beetween the thighs, the whole parched length of it? feel the inside of you dry up along the outside of... read more
Belmore Basin
fishign boats
Belmore Basin

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Wollongong May 27th 2007

the ferment Australasia » Australia » New South Wales » Wollongong » Wollongong By valeriavine May 27th 2007 Valeria Vinethings I am fermenting.... ginger Beer olives Kombucha tea love it........... read more
olives and brews
ginger beer

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