Author Archives: Thrifty Traveller

Flor De la Mar’s Colourful History

In Melaka, on the quayside near the mouth of the Malacca River, stands a replica of a Portuguese galleon, or carrack, called the Flor de la Mar which sailed in these waters in the early 1500s. This vessel, which is … Continue reading

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Shiroi Koibito Park

While in Sapporo recently we took the opportunity to visit Shiroi Koibito Park which is a chocolate factory with an England-themed attraction attached. The factory production line itself was under renovation but there was still a lot to see. Shiroi … Continue reading

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Sapporo – Places to See

Sapporo is the regional capital of Hokkaido with a population of 1.9 million and there is plenty to see and do in and around the city. Mt. Moiwa Ropeway We took the ropeway (cable car) to the top of Mt. … Continue reading

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Sapporo Beer Posters

With hindsight, the last week of April was probably not the best time to visit Sapporo, the vibrant regional capital of Hokkaido, Japan. The winter ski season was over though it was still cold with patches of snow about, especially … Continue reading

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A Plague of Pilfered Plumbing?

Supermarkets all over the world face the problem of shoplifting. But in the Semenyih branch of Tesco near Kuala Lumpur it seems things have got so bad that even urinal flushes have to be kept under lock and key. There … Continue reading

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Koi Mating Season

I woke up this morning to find the koi in our fish pond in an unusually frisky mood. They were thrashing around, chasing each other and jumping out of the water. An hour later the previously clear pond was covered … Continue reading

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Oman’s Cultural Heritage

When I lived in Oman in the late 1970s it was often described as a cultural desert. There were no museums, no art galleries and no theatres. There was just one cinema in Bait al Falaj called the Star which … Continue reading

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