• Hitchhike to India leg 58: Malacca to Kuala Lumpur

    Just as I’m preparing for my triumphant return to KL, the vile, sickly, green, snotty fingers of the man flu take hold.  This I attribute to one thing and one thing only – air conditioners.  Consistently walking around in 40 degree heat only to be then thrust into minus 20 every time you enter a …

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  • Hitchhike to India leg 57: Singapore to Malacca…and…Malacca

    Singapore was sucking me dry and it was time to get out.  However that is much easier said than done as once again I negotiate the horrendous border nightmare.  So confident I am in making my destination in next to no time, I nevertheless make a glaring error in starting late and not factoring in …

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  • Singapore and a flying Indonesia visit

    Often referred to as “The Lion City” or “The Little Red Dot”, Singapore is the world’s only island city-state.  It was founded many moons ago by Malay fishermen, and has grown to become the second largest port in the world (the first of course is Shanghai – but you all knew that didn’t you?  You …

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  • Hitchhike to India leg 56: Kuala Lumpur to Singapore

    “I’d never have thought of that” comments a British Red Coat as Captain Jack Sparrow expertly removes Elizabeth Swan’s corset with a knife in The Pirates of the Caribbean.  “Clearly you’ve never been to Singapore”, he fires back.  Oddly enough, that one line resonated enough from the 2003 movie to make me want to go. …

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  • Kuala Lumpur, Liverpool FC, fish and chips, and a random man saying he loves me

    The Malaysians are doing something right; Kuala Lumpur is awesome.  Finally a city that I can get behind, could potentially live in, and not lambast the fuck out of with consummate ease.  Bishkek it is not.  There’s 1.5 million odd people here apparently, and in truth it does feel like a big village, but added to …

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  • Hitchhike to India legs 54 and 55: Surat Thani to somewhere in Malaysia

    I could feel it happening; that slow, dilapidating decline into wasterdom. Sweating like a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs, spread eagled on my bed, naked the day I was born with a shitty fan failing to assist in healing my hangovers.  “Good luck getting out of there” was one friend’s recent …

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  • Full moon party mess, Koh Phangan, Thailand

    I know what you’re thinking.  You’re thinking here he goes, out to get totally mortled, do a shit load of drugs and letch onto anything with breasts like a demented Jimmy Savile on speed.   A leopard can’t change his spots right?  Well boo to you because that’s exactly what I didn’t do.  Kinda. You’ve …

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  • Full moon party wanker

    Waiting to meet friends last night I had this experience.  This  is something of a unique post that I decided to pen while listening to what can only be described as a moron.  This was – with a little editing for timing reasons – pretty much the entire “conversation” I was subjected to.  This is …

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  • Hitchhike to India leg 54: Bangkok to Chumphon

    It’s been a while dear readers.  It’s been almost a year in fact since I last made a hitch sign, forced (not against my wishes) to temporarily settle down, and – for the time being at least – hang up my thumb.    But time waits for no man, and so once again I step …

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  • Elephants, the Death Railway, and an emotional family story

    Within moments of booking our flight to Thailand, we were researching something we’ve both separately wanted to do for years: spending a day with elephants.  Now we’re both very conscientious about this kind of thing, and we did plenty of investigating to find a legitimate, ethical, reputable sanctuary where the care of the animals comes …

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