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Silent Sunday: The Giant Buddha in Nha Trang, Vietnam

The 24-metre high white Buddha seen above the roof of the Long Sơn Pagoda in Nha Trang, Vietnam

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Silent Sunday: Dragon at the curious Haw Par Villa in Singapore

Dragon at Haw Par Villa Singapore, a curious theme park of Chinese folklore and mythology.

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Silent Sunday: Girl selling petrol near Sihanoukville, Cambodia

Girl selling petrol along the road outside Sihanoukville, Cambodia

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The Peranakan of Singapore

I’m writing this in the lobby of the wonderfully quirky Kam Leng hotel in Singapore, a country where I’ve been many times. It has always been a favourite stopover of ours, on the way to Australia or New Zealand or Bali. But for the very first time, I’m here without the girls, and I must […]

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Colours of Rajasthan, Diwali and hill forts

Wandering around Jaipur during Diwali, my friend and I came across a colony where the celebrations were in full swing. We, though complete strangers, were invited in to join.

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World at a Glance: Humayun’s Tomb

Like the Taj Mahal, Humayun’s tomb is a property worthy of special protection. And like the Taj Mahal, it’s a grave. And just as Emperor Shah Jahan built the Taj Mahal for his late, much-loved wife, this tomb was built by Humayun’s widow, Biga Begum, in memory of her late (and equally-loved, one must assume) […]

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Silent Sunday: Limestone cliffs of Phang Nga Bay

Limestone cliffs of Phang Nga Bay in the Strait of Malacca, Thailand

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