Showing posts from February, 2018

A Bath-tub in Singapore

My first visit to Singapore, and I wasn't quite sure what to expect. A bath-tub in a bar was definitely not on the list.

The Gordon Gin Bath sits in pride of place in the hotel's Long Bar. Quite fitting, really, considering this is where the Singapore Sling was invented (which contains a significant amount of gin). The drink rose to fame after featuring in Somerset Maugham's play The Letter.

Time only for one sling; Singapore needed to be explored.

Tak Bat in Luang Prabang

Dawn in Luang Prabang comes with saffron. As the light touches the town, monks leave their wats (or temples) to walk through the town in silent procession, collecting alms.

Tak Bat, or alms-giving, has a long tradition in Laos, surviving even years of Communist rule. Many villagers set up little braziers by the side of the road to cook rice for the monks. Then, before many tourists have risen from their beds, the monks return as silently to their wats, and another day has begun.

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