I had a lovely girlfriend back in 1987 in Brighton called Stella, she was a 6th former at Roedean and her farther was the Cultural Attaché to the British ambassador of Sri Lanka. She told me so much about this island paradise that I was absolutely fixated with the place. I was totally hooked and obsessed with getting out there but there was a civil war on and getting out there was going to be very difficult.
I still feel the same way now as I always did about Sri Lanka, even now having been here many times, there is so much more I want to do and see. And eventually live here
Great to be back in sunny Brighton, but not for too long I hope as I’m looking to get back out to Sri Lanka and on to the plantation to get on with some product development. But saying that, there are not many places better to find yourself than in Brighton between April and September.
I first moved to Brighton from my home town of Leamington Spa back in January 1987. The whole band “Light” moved down together. We were all best mates and had been planning the move for a good 6 months and made a few visits in that time! Some of our close friends had already moved down.
Yet another Visa run, this time I chose Bali, its a 4 hour flight south from Bangkok and only 2 hours north from Australia! What can I say about Bali other than it is heaven on Earth for your eyes! It is an absolute gem in the Indonesian island chain.
I always wanted to go to Bali so this was the perfect opportunity and excuse. And a real chance to use my Gopro video Camera for the first time
I arrived at sunset, luckily catching glimpses of the island as we were coming in to land! I knew this was going to be special for me! It bloody had better have been the amount I spent on the 5 star hotel that I stayed in
I first arrived in Bangkok in 2012 on an invitation from a life long friend who lives and works there as a teacher! First impressions…? Well, not exactly overwhelmed to be honest! For a start, they drive on the same side of the road as us and the cars look similar to that of the UK. But it was fucking hot! Not just hot hot but the kind of hot that sucks your breath out of your sweat glands.
It’s always hot in Bangkok! Thailand has three seasons, Wet, Hot and cold. Cold rarely gets below 80 degrees, Wet season requires amphibious transport and Hot season is at best, uncomfortable and at worst, a danger to the mortality of even the most health conscious.
It takes a while you get used to the heat and indeed the way of life! And that is not something that comes in a 2 week visit
So, another Visa run and another flight out of Bangkok! This time I decided to take my lovely girlfriend Gift with me to Siem Reap in Cambodia. I’d heard so much about it from fellow DC’s and co workers that I decided that I must see it for myself! And off to Don Muang airport in a Uber black we went, and then I realised that Gift had never flown before! She’s got her new passport and was a bit nervous. Even being in the airport had her trembling. Not many Thai people have a passport, let alone fly so this was a big deal for her, and the fact that she was leaving her 16 year old daughter behind with her sister. She was a tad distressed.
We got on the Air Asia plane which was all very normal for me being a frequent flyer, we taxi’ed along the run way and I held her hand as we picked up speed and took off.
I love Saigon…
I loved Saigon when I first visited in January 2016! I had an heads up form my AMZ Tracker work mate Erik about where to stay and where to go! Erik arranged an intro to the lovely Jeremy Ginsburg and it was my first official day of being a registered DC (Dynamite Circle). I arrived fresh of the plane after a very short flight from Bangkok and straight into the heart of the city to my Hotel in District One.
Freshened up and headed out to the “Broma Not A Bar” (still can’t quite figure out that name), got myself a cold beer and watched Jeremy delivering his trademark performance on the open mic stage. He really is fucking good! Well recommend that you check him out.