Hong Kong’s Oddly-named Beach!

Hong Kong’s Oddly-named Beach!

HONG KONG The Oddly-named Beach!   Repulse Bay is one of the most popular beaches of Hong Kong – but why does this beautiful crescent-shaped shoreline have such a strange, off-putting name?  The origins of the bay’s English name are quite a mystery....
Myanmar – Coping with the Crisis

Myanmar – Coping with the Crisis

MYANMAR Coping with the Crisis   The Burmese people are going through a difficult time. One would think that a year of the pandemic was bad enough, but since February 1st, people have been grappling with the effects of the coup. Considering that the economy has...
Cambodia – Happy New Year!

Cambodia – Happy New Year!

CAMBODIA Happy New Year! Cambodia has just celebrated the Khmer New Year (14 – 16 April), one of the most important celebrations in the country. It’s also called Choul Chnam Thmey, and is the traditional celebration of the solar New Year.  Ninety-five...
Morocco – 50 Shades of Blue

Morocco – 50 Shades of Blue

MOROCCO 50 Shades of Blue   Chefchaouen translates to ‘blue pearl’ and this ethereal city really is a rare gem. Perched amid the dramatic backdrop of the Rif Mountains, Chefchaouen, founded in 1471, is one of the prettiest towns you will find in Morocco. The...
Uzbekistan – Legendary Registan Square

Uzbekistan – Legendary Registan Square

UZBEKISTAN Legendary Registan Square   Legend says that from the 15th to the 19th century, public executions took place on Registan Square in Samarkand. The ground was covered with sand to absorb the blood, and hence the area was named Registan, which means...