The Disappearance of Jim Thompson

Having never heard of Jim Thompson until researching our trip to Thailand, he is now one of those people I would have loved to meet. He was an American, who single handedly, revitalized the Thai silk industry after World War II. He was also was an architect, retired...

A Thai Massage. Energetic!

Thailand. Part stretching, acupuncture (without the needles), reflexology, and deep compression. All of these are used during a Thai massage which helps you feel mentally alert and physically energized, unlike a Swedish massage. At least that has been my limited...

Tea Time Anyone?

Malaysia. My favorite time on the Orient Eastern Express train was tea in the late afternoon served by our butler, Paul. The tea was always hot and perfectly brewed. What I didn’t realize, tea is the most popular beverage in the world behind water. It has been...

Buddha in a Reclining Pose

Thailand. So what does a reclining pose for Buddha mean? In the case of the longest reclining Buddha in Thailand, at 160 feet long and 50 feet high, it illustrates Buddha passing into Nirvana. Nirvana? Simply put, Nirvana means a state of peace or bliss. Or as we now...
A Symbol of Friendship and Pretty Tasty, Too

A Symbol of Friendship and Pretty Tasty, Too

Thailand. What better snack while on a long boat off the coast of Thailand than a berry, I mean a pineapple? Actually a pineapple is a cluster of berries fused to  a central stalk. This particular pineapple happens to be the best I have ever eaten and we ate the whole...