Beguiling Bagan, Myanmar: The Golden Land of Temples

Bagan, on Myanmar’s central plain, feels like the spiritual heart of the country. We land in a cloud of dust, the endless horizon curving up to greet us. Even early in the morning, the heat is intense this late in April. On our way to Old Bagan, we see a temple, then a second and…

Homecoming: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

With such a short transit back home, I hardly had any time to do anything but show off the main sights and sounds of KL. We landed in the AM, and after a quick shower and lunch at Dad’s favourite Chinese restaurant, headed off into Central Market. At this stage I was asleep and simply…

Grand temples in Luxor, Egypt

By a riverside cafe in Luxor, Liyana and I watch the feluccas drift on the dark blue water. There are reddish-yellow sand and rock dunes on the West Bank of Luxor, verdant green palm trees and tiny dark figures of farmers and their donkeys working the land. I could never tire of this view. At…