Photo Gallery: Tokyo

Follow us on Facebook! Train tracks approaching Shinjuku Station. The fourteen story Takashimaya Times Square Department Store next door to the Shinjuku train station. The top three floors are all restaurants. There are some traditional structures sandwiched between the modern buildings of Tokyo. A plum tree in bloom in Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. A number of […]

Southeast Asia Cruise – January 2016

Follow us on Facebook! On January 22, 2016, my wife and I went on our sixth cruise – a cruise promoted as a taste of Southeast Asia. We had never been in Southeast Asia before, except for a brief stopover at the Kuala Lumpur airport on our way to Perth, Australia. But it has always been […]

Photo Gallery: Southeast Asia Cruise

Follow us on Facebook! Additional photos from our Southeast Asia cruise. It was rainy when we left Singapore, the first time we had rain on the first day of a cruise. The ship was decked out for Chinese New Year which was coming up soon. The Mariner of the Seas has a full service hair salon […]

Where Kangaroos Come Alive

Follow us on Facebook! The other day at family dinner we were talking about the upcoming visit of my wife’s sister and brother and his wife. We were discussing all the places in Western Australia we planned to take them – Margaret River, Rottnest Island, Fremantle, and the Caversham Wildlife Park to see kangaroos. “Oh,” piped […]

Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe, Western Australia

Follow us on Facebook! In British Columbia they have had an annual sand castle competition for many years. It used to be held on the beach at White Rock, later moving to Harrison Hot Springs. But a couple of years ago it moved again, this time to Parksville on Vancouver Island. Contestants from all over the […]

Photo Gallery: Sculpture by the Sea

Follow us on Facebook! Here are a number of additional pictures from Sculpture by the Sea at Cottesloe, Western Australia. The Sun Dial. This large sun dial is a permanent structure and not part of the Sculpture by the Sea exhibit. But it is worth checking out. These sculptures look like giant chess pieces. They are […]

The Sea Caves, Phang Nga Bay, Thailand

Follow us on Facebook! James Bond fans may remember 1974’s The Man With the Golden Gun, starring Roger Moore as 007. Not one of the best Bond films, but memorable in part for the spectacular scenery of Phang Nga Bay in Thailand which served as the setting for villain Scaramanga’s hideout. The movie drew attention to the […]

Photo Gallery: Sea Caves at Phang Nga Bay, Thailand

Follow us on Facebook! Here are some more pictures from our sea cave adventure. As we left the dock, we passed this vintage ship which looked a lot like the one Scaramanga used to escape in The Man With the Golden Gun. Most of the islands featured steep tree covered cliffs with eroded limestone near the […]

Phuket, Thailand – Sunshine, Shopping and Sleaze

Follow us on Facebook! Note: some of this travelogue includes discussion of the sex trade in Thailand. If that may offend you, after the picture of the masseuses, skip to three paragraphs past the picture of Patong at night.  Our fourth port of call on our Southeast Asia cruise was Phuket, Thailand. Our ship anchored out in Patong […]