Author Archives: Thrifty Traveller

Chinese New Year Lantern & Flora Festival – Jenjarom

Preparations are almost complete at FGS Dong Zen Temple for the Year of the Dog Chinese New Year Lantern & Flora Festival which takes place at Jenjarom from14 February – 4 March 2018. This event is always well worth attending … Continue reading

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Muscat – Then & Now

I had a stopover in the Omani capital of Muscat last week, a place where I worked for a few years in the late 1970s / early 80s. The capital area has grown enormously since I was there and is … Continue reading

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Gore-Tex Noselift

When I think of Gore-Tex I think of hiking boots and waterproof jackets. Until my recent trip to the Philippines I was unaware that the brand is also associated with implants used in rhinoplasty and other cosmetic surgery procedures. There … Continue reading

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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 which comes with 3 GB of free space. Now, after seven years, 448 posts … Continue reading