Thaipusam – the way of finding bliss

Thaipusam – the way of finding bliss

In Singapore, the Sri Thendayuthapani Hindu temple resonates with the rhythmic music of drums, bells and trance-like chants of the crowd gathered inside. A stunningly sweet smell of milk and incense fills the air. At the temple doorstep, a man dressed in a yellow sarong whirls in an ardent dance. A metal structure placed on […]

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Tidal Waves

Tidal Waves

“You will catch bait for barracuda”, one of the fishermen explains to us. Earlier in the day, a long wooden boat fitted with colourful sashes had carried us to a small fishing vessel, moored just off the shore of the Thai island of Phi Phi Don. Our feet had barely touched the deck when a […]

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Buddhism at the hanging rock

Buddhism at the hanging rock

On Vesak Day, 2017, my husband and I found ourselves on the tear-shaped island of Sri Lanka, home to a population that comprises more than 70% Theravada Buddhists. For Buddhists, Vesak Day is one of the most important holidays: It symbolizes the birth, enlightenment and death of the Buddha. Due to the nature of the […]

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Damnoen Saduak – Thai market that rocks

Damnoen Saduak – Thai market that rocks

An older man, tucked under a reed hat, stirs with a long ladle content of an aluminium pot that steams on a portable burner. Instantly, aroma of a reach meat broth, cooked vegetables, herbs and spices fills the air. Carefully, nearly in slow motion, the chef gets up from a tiny wooden bench and goes […]

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Maeklong – Thai market for adrenaline rush seekers

Maeklong – Thai market for adrenaline rush seekers

Folding awnings shade a narrow alleyway covered with makeshift market stalls. They mostly consist of plastic baskets filled with vegetables, fruits, eggs, grains and spices. Sometimes, there is only a thin sheet of foil stretched directly on the ground.Meat stalls are much more hi-tech. A high table with an aluminium top and separate containers for […]

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