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Archive for December, 2008

New Year’s Eve: Karaoke Special

December 31st, 2008

Following on from our less than brilliant Christmas Karaoke Special, we’re–somewhat–proud to present our New Year’s Eve message. Recorded–sober–in a Singapore Karaoke bar to give our friends and family a giggle. To be honest, I didn’t have a clue what Cliff Richard’s “Millennium Prayer” sounded like and only figured out that the tune was Auld […]

Singapore: Truly a super city

December 30th, 2008

Oh boy, are we pleased to be in Singapore! After all that is India, it’s so super clean, relatively speaking there’s oodles of space and everything works! Most people who have told me about Singapore have said things like “it’s too clean”, “you can’t even chew gum”, “you’ll be bored in two days”. Now that […]

India: Dirt. People. Colour. Dirt. Noise. Dirt.

December 29th, 2008

As with my opinion piece on the UAE, I find myself starting this round-up of India with a big fat waiver. India is a vast country with an awful lot of people in it. Obvious as these statements sound, you really have to go there to understand them fully. Committed readers will already know that […]

Portraits of India

December 28th, 2008

One of the most positive aspects of India for me were the people. Particularly in Rajasthan, they were friendly, fascinated by us aliens (especially Dad in his turban) and always keen to pose for a photo. When we showed them their portraits on the digital screen, they were often pleased and interested to see themselves […]

India and Thailand: Between a rock and a hard place

December 27th, 2008

We were headed to Kolkata (Calcutta, of old) to spend our final night in India before jetting off to Thailand. Finally, we’re on our way out of here. Or so we thought. Phil (Claire’s dad and our helpful travel consultant) called as we were on the train, just a few hours away from the city. […]

Gaya: I’m a tourist, get me outta here!

December 26th, 2008

We’ve got an early train from Gaya to Kolkata (Calcutta) tomorrow morning. Our guidebook and a handful of locals have indicated that it’s not safe to travel between Bodhgaya and Gaya in the dark. So we took a cab to Gaya during daylight hours and stayed the night there, much closer to the train station. […]

GMTV Videos – Christmas Down Under Link

December 26th, 2008

We found the video of my Christmas Eve appearance on GMTV – click here and fast forward 3/4 of the way to the end to see me waving madly! Festive greetings from Perth!

Merry Christmas: Karaoke Christmas song

December 25th, 2008

We interrupt this broadcast to bring you a very special Christmas Karaoke feature. On this special day, Santa has momentarily magicked-us from India to Singapore to record this Christmas song for you. Don’t worry folks, he magicked-us straight back to India after the recording so you’ll continue to be amused by our Indian antics tomorrow. […]

Bodhgaya: Temple tour and India parcel post

December 24th, 2008

Yesterday, after leaving the Root Institute Buddhist centre, Claire and I went for a farewell drink with Andrej and Freddy from the course. Today I woke up with one of my most horrific hangover in living memory. In India, Kingfisher beer is king and they make two types: Premium and Strong. The restaurant served the […]

Introduction to Buddhism Course: Claire’s take on it all

December 23rd, 2008

I was planning to let Dave do all the blog writing about our Buddhist course. However, having just read his posts, I feel compelled to write. You now know in great detail about the food we ate, his views on religion and how difficult he found the retreat. What you don’t know is that I, […]