Author Archives: Thrifty Traveller

Upper Burma

I was in Myanmar last month, a country that is in the news for all the wrong reasons. A lot has happened since my previous visit seven years earlier. At that time Nobel Peace Prize Winner Aung San Suu Kyi … Continue reading

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Malaysian Road Traffic Signs

Road traffic signs in Malaysia generally follow the international standards used in Europe, but there are a few which have been tailored for local conditions. This one is my favourite: It informs users of this busy urban dual carriageway that … Continue reading

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Kowloon Extension Agreement 1898

When Brexit Secretary David Davis sat down with EU negotiator Michel Barnier last month for a round of talks he was criticised by some in the media for having a completely empty desk while his opposite number came prepared with … Continue reading

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The Last Post?

Regular readers of this blog might have noticed a decrease in the number of posts in recent months. The reason? My blog is hosted on WordPress.com which comes with 3 GB of free space. Now, after seven years, 448 posts … Continue reading

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Tomogashima Island – Japan’s Hidden Treasure Island

Travellers looking for an off-the-beaten-track destination in Japan might consider a boat trip to Tomogashima, which is the collective name for a group of four small islands called Okinoshima (the biggest island) Jinoshima,  Torajima and  Kamijima located off the small … Continue reading

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Gudetama Café Singapore

While in Singapore last weekend my daughter wanted to eat at Gudetama Café, a restaurant themed around Gudetama, a quirky egg character created by Japanese company Sanrio, who also own Hello Kitty and many other kawaii characters. Gudetama can be … Continue reading

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Selangor Tin Dredge

To my knowledge there are only two surviving bucketline tin dredges in Malaysia. One is the Tanjung Tualang Tin Dredge near Batu Gajah which I wrote about on this blog a few years ago. The other is located near Dengkil … Continue reading

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