Batik or Tie Dye?

Batik or Tie Dye?

Malaysia. Remember tie dying T-shirts using rubber bands and wild, bold colors? Well this gentleman in the photo is practicing the centuries old art of batik. Cloth is hand coated with removable wax and then dyed much like tie dying, with beautiful, intricate patterns...
Geography Lesson and Baby Joe

Geography Lesson and Baby Joe

Malaysia. I am always interested in maps as I really don’t have a clue where many countries are located in relationship to other countries. Take Malaysia. It is split in 2 by a wide expanse of the South China Sea. News to me. So on our Eastern Oriental Express...

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...
What is a World Heritage Site?

What is a World Heritage Site?

Malaysia. ¬†A World Heritage site. What exactly is one? We saw several Heritage plaques in our travels thru¬†Malaysia and Thailand, but I wasn’t sure what they meant or signified. Well, I have learned there are 962 sites throughout the world in 157 countries, each...