Hot Water Beach, Coromandel Peninsula

You know those days where everything is absolutely beautiful? Sunshine, salt water, a beautiful beach to be explored? Today was one of those days. After a week of rain and cold in the land of the long white cloud (it’s very aptly named, by the way) we were experiencing a bit of cabin fever. It’s […]

Steampunk H.Q.

I found myself in a world of steam and turning gears, of waxen skeletons and whirring machines.

In one corner, a massive clock lay on the floor, a man standing over it with tools in hand. In another, a gigantic machine with a slowly turning fan crouched near the door. From a far-off quadrant of space, the plaque read, a visitor had arrived and had gifted the Steampunk HQ with this machine. It was capable of creating power for every machine in the HQ. Interestingly enough, it could also make an excellent cup of tea. Of course, it was mostly just used for its extraordinary tea making capabilities. Obviously, these people had their priorities straight.

Fire Walking, and The Mah Song

The Vegetarian Festival occurs once a year, and only in Phuket. In this festival, which celebrates the visitation of the nine gods to their followers, many processions are led by the mah song. The mah song are men and women who are considered to be pure, and are required to be unmarried. They are put […]