Not a word I use, but one I often hear. My first encounter with the root word 'awe' was as a child when we described something horrible as 'awful'. It's synonyms are words such as: disgusting; nasty; terrible; dreadful; ghastly; horrid; horrible; vile; foul I fitrst encountered a slightly different usage in Kipling's Recessional. We … Continue reading Awesome!

Beginning a Journey

This is a story from my book Beyond Borders: a conversation across boundaries Buildings in Ainaro, Timor L'Este, destroyed by retreating Indonesian troops and militia Beginning a Journey A Blue Bird taxi arrived within minutes. Staying close to Ngurah Rai Airport afforded a stress-free connection with the early morning Timor L’Este flight. “Selamat pagi, pak,” … Continue reading Beginning a Journey

Some Photos I’ve Taken

I seldom post photos alone. Here are a few shots I've taken, they are mostly iPhone shots. Mentawai IslandsFort Canning, SingaporeTeges, Bali IndonesiaUbud, Bali, IndonesiaHoly Transfiguration Monastery, NSW, AustraliaKranji Wetlands, SingaporeAthensOtterMarket stall, Ainaro, Timor L'EsteSaprophytesSydney, NSW, AustraliaCannonball tree flower, SingaporeSarai River, Timor L'Este

Beyond Borders: Prologue

This panorama is assembled from photos taken at my special place in Coogee. My first book Seen and unseen: A century of Stories from Asia and the Pacific, begins a short distance from this very site. The Prologue to my work Reactions to my work To paraphrase one reader's response to my latest work, … Continue reading Beyond Borders: Prologue