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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Interview "Between Us" on Radio 938Live 9pm Tue 20 Nov 2012

A nice session about how easy it is to travel; how everybody can do it; and some of the most frightening encounters I have experienced.

Transcripts will soon be up on this site: http://entertainment.xin.msn.com/en/radio/podcast/between-us

Photo taken with Angela Lim.



Saturday, November 10, 2012

14 Dec 2012: Bangladesh by Sun Yifan / Arakan/Rakhine State of Myanmar by Jeremy Goh [2 Attachments]


Friday 14th December 2012


Potluck & Chat @ 7:30pm

Just bring a small box of pastries, or a packet of noodles for about 3-4 people,
or a bottle or 2 of soft drinks.
Please note: Chips are discouraged as they tend to dirty the host's place. 

Presentation @ 8:30pm
Brief Moments - Stateless in the Arakan State (Rakhine State in Myanmar) - by Jeremy Goh
Why Bangladesh
by Sun Yifan


@ [venue to be annouced]

[address, Singapore XXXXXX]




PLEASE NOTE YOUR ATTENDANCE BELOW,
so that the organisers have a rough idea how many people are turning up.


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Saturday, October 13, 2012

9 Nov 12: Ecuador & Galapagos by Justin / San Pedro de Atacama by Patricia






Friday 9th November 2012

Potluck & Chat @ 7:30pm

Just bring a small box of pastries, or a packet of noodles for about 3-4 people,
or a bottle or 2 of soft drinks. Please note: Chips are discouraged as they tend to dirty the host's place. 

Presentation @ 8:30pm
Brief Moments - San Pedro de Atacama: Travels In The Driest Place on Earth - by Patricia Lee
"Ama La Vida" - Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands
by Justin Lau


@ Wee Cheng's place

11 Pemimpin Drive, #07-03, Marymount View, Singapore 576148

Take the circle line until Marymount Station, and get out via exit A. Face North on Marymount Road and walk ±400m past an overhead bridge, and past Shunfu Road until a 2nd overhead bridge, which you cross to find Marymount View, at the corner of Marymount Road and Pemimpin Drive, just opposite Shunfu Estate.

Or park your car at your own risk on the roads outside, or at Shunfu Estate across Marymount road.

Click on MAP, or type "Marymount View Singapore" on Google Maps or your iPhone4.


PLEASE NOTE YOUR ATTENDANCE BELOW,
so that the organisers have a rough idea how many people are turning up.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

12 Oct 12: Falkland Islands by Lynn / Uruguay by Madidas


Friday 12th October 2012


Potluck & Chat @ 7:30pm

Just bring a small box of pastries, or a packet of noodles for about 3-4 people,
or a bottle or 2 of soft drinks.

Presentation @ 8:30pm
Brief Moments - Uruguay: Back in Time - by Madidas
Footloose & Fancy - Free in the Falkland Islands
by Lynn


@ Wee Cheng's place
11 Pemimpin Drive, #07-03, Marymount View, Singapore 576148

Take the circle line until Marymount Station, and get out via exit A. Face North on Marymount Road and walk ±400m past an overhead bridge, and past Shunfu Road until a 2nd overhead bridge, which you cross to find Marymount View, at the corner of Marymount Road and Pemimpin Drive, just opposite Shunfu Estate.

Or park your car at your own risk on the roads outside, or at Shunfu Estate across Marymount road.

Click on MAP, or type "Marymount View Singapore" on Google Maps or your iPhone4.

PLEASE NOTE YOUR ATTENDANCE BELOW,
so that the organisers have a rough idea how many people are turning up.
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Saturday, August 11, 2012

Sgtravelcafe 14 Sept 12: Kashgar & Torugart Pass by Dounut ; Western Cameroon by Wee Cheng

Friday 14th September 2012

Potluck & Chat @ 7:30pm
Just bring a small box of pastries, or a packet of noodles for about 3-4 people,
or a bottle or 2 of soft drinks.

Presentation @ 8:30pm
Brief Moments - The Ancient Kingdoms of Western Cameroon - by Wee Cheng
Kashgar Region & Torugart Pass
by Dounut

@ Wee Cheng's place
11 Pemimpin Drive, #07-03, Marymount View, Singapore 576148

Take the circle line until Marymount Station, and get out via exit A. Face North on Marymount Road and walk ±400m past an overhead bridge, and past Shunfu Road until a 2nd overhead bridge, which you cross to find Marymount View, at the corner of Marymount Road and Pemimpin Drive, just opposite Shunfu Estate.

Or park your car at your own risk on the roads outside, or at Shunfu Estate across Marymount road.

Click on MAP, or type "Marymount View Singapore" on Google Maps or your iPhone4.


PLEASE NOTE YOUR ATTENDANCE BELOW,
so that the organisers have a rough idea how many people are turning up.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

10AUG12: A Californian Roadtrip -Frederick Lee /The Danakil Depression - Youmuren


                                                                                                



Friday 10th August 2012

Potluck & Chat @ 7:30pm
Just bring a small box of pastries, or a packet of noodles for about 3-4 people,
or a bottle or 2 of soft drinks.

Presentation @ 8:30pm
Brief Moments - The Danakil Despression & The Afar Region:From The Highest to the Lowest Point of the African Continent - by Youmuren
Four Seasons in Ten Days: A Californian Roadtrip
by Frederick Lee 

@ Wee Cheng's place
11 Pemimpin Drive, #07-03, Marymount View, Singapore 576148

Take the circle line until Marymount Station, and get out via exit A. Face North on Marymount Road and walk ±400m past an overhead bridge, and past Shunfu Road until a 2nd overhead bridge, which you cross to find Marymount View, at the corner of Marymount Road and Pemimpin Drive, just opposite Shunfu Estate.

Or park your car at your own risk on the roads outside, or at Shunfu Estate across Marymount road.

Click on MAP, or type "Marymount View Singapore" on Google Maps or your iPhone4. 

Friday, June 15, 2012

Voodoo Kingdoms And Dodgy Places

My latest collection of travelogues and third in the "Dodgy Places" series is out in eBook format (read on Kindle, Nook, iPad, iPhone, etc). You can purchase them from Amazon.com and Smashwords.com
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008BHRRAU 
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/171959 

Visit this page for links to both sites:

http://weecheng.com/tanwc2/voodookingdoms.html 


VOODOO

KINGDOMS AND
DODGY PLACES
Travels in Timbuktu, Burkina Faso
& Other West African Lands
 
by Tan Wee Cheng

Voodoo Kingdoms & Dodgy Places is intrepid traveller Tan Wee Cheng's latest collection of travelogues and third in the "Dodgy Places" series.  Follow him to West Africa, the land of Timbuktu, the very epitome of remoteness, and of the enigmatic voodoo kingdoms in Benin and Togo. He was mobbed by former child soldiers in Liberia, caught in a riot in Burkina Faso and chased after desert giraffes in a Nigérien taxi. He watched mysterious Dogon sacred dances in Mali and attended a voodoo ceremony in Benin where the gods searched amongst the audience for someone to "rape". 

Tan Wee Cheng is a self-confessed travel junkie who has been to over 200 countries and territories over the last two decades. His first three books were The Greenland Seal Hunter, Hot Spots and Dodgy Places and Exotic Lands and Dodgy Places(revised edition of The Greenland Seal Hunter with significant new content, stories, photos and maps), published by Marshall Cavendish.

Voodoo Lands & Dodgy Places cover

Text Copyright @ 2012 Tan Wee Cheng & Marymount LLP
Published by Nomadic Republic
An imprint of Marymount LLP, Singapore
All Rights Reserved
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Maps  
Preface  
Ghana: Fancy Coffins & Golden Stools  
Côte d'Ivoire: Humpty Dumpty & Cocoa  
Liberia: The President's Blood Diamonds  
Sierra Leone: The Supermodel's Blood Diamonds  
Senegal: The President's Dodgy Statues  
Cape Verde: Drake's Forgotten Rampage  
Guinea-Bissau: The Palace Has No Roof  
The Gambia: The Admiral of the Navy of Nebraska  
Burkina Faso: Almost Busted in Ouagadougou  
Niger: Giraffe-Safari In A Taxi  
Benin: Voodoo Kingdom & Male Sex Slaves  
Togo: A Dictator Crowned By God  
Mali: The Timbuktu Cat Eaters  
Notes  
About The Author  
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/171959 

Sample images from the book:


Monday, June 11, 2012

Next Gathering: 13 July 2012: South Thailand by Guohua ; Arirang Festival by Tristan




Friday 13th July 2012

Networking @ 7:30pm
There will not be any potluck this session, but do support our venue sponsor by patronizing the cafe here.

Presentation @ 8:15pm
Brief Moments - Arirang Festival of North Korea - by Tristan
The Deep South of Thailand
by Guohua

@ Campers Corner
www.camperscorner.com.sg & www.facebook.com/camperscornerstation51

51 Waterloo Street, Singapore 187969



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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Qinghai Lake (Kokonor) & Kumbum Monastery (青海湖与塔尔寺)

Qinghai Lake, also known as Kokonor in Mongolian (and English atlases), is China’s largest saline lake at 4500 sq km. At 3200m above sea level, this is also a huge highland lake at the edge of the Tibetan cultural sphere in China. On its shores live Tibetan and Mongol herders who have long regarded the lake as sacred. Indeed, as I walked on its shores, the many magnificent snowcapped mountains that surround the lake and the green pastures along its shores were simply evocative of the many legends linked to this land. Near the city of Xining is the Kumbum Monastery (known as Ta’er Monastery to the Chinese), the second most important of the six great Tibetan Buddhist monasteries of the Gelugpa sect. It is also the home monastery of the Panchen Lama, the highest ranking lama after the Dalai Lama. Great works of art abound in this gem of Tibetan Buddhism.
















Xining & Huzhu Tu Autonomous County (西宁与互助土族自治县)








































Xining, capital of Qinghai Province, is a historic frontier garrison city that was China’s gateway to Tibet. In 397 A.D., during the chaotic Sixteen Kingdoms Period of Chinese history when nomadic tribes ravaged Northern China, a tribe of Xianbei Tuoba 鲜卑拓跋 nomads seized control of Xining and declared the shortlived kingdom of Nan Liang 南凉 which lasted for 18 years. Today, remnants of this long forgotten regime still stood in the city centre of Xining in the form of a huge military command mound surrounded by modern day schools, malls and apartments. 

Qinghai Province and neighbouring Gansu Province were home to the Hui people回族 – a Muslim people that was formed from the intermarriage of Arab, Persian and Central Asian traders on the Silk Road, with Chinese living in this cosmopolitan frontierland. The Hui, also known as Dungan, speak Mandarin peppered with corrupted-Arab and Persian vocabulary, and are renowned for their beef lamian and fiery kebab. 

Although the famous lamian stalls found across China are named after Lanzhou (Gansu’s capital), most of these stalls are run by Hui and related Salar people from Xunhua 循化county near Xining. They built magnificent mosques which resemble Chinese temples, complete with Chinese traditional rooftops and gaudy colours, but the observant ones would notice the star and crescent, and that the pagoda-looking towers are actually used as minarets where calls for prayers were broadcast to the community through loudspeakers. 

From Xining, I visited the small town of Huzhu and its cultural parks and museums. Huzhu is the centre of the Tu ethnic group, who called themselves Monguor and have their own autonomous county. The Monguor are descendants of a Xiangbei nomad warriors who marched here all the way from Manchuria, set up the once-powerful Tuyuhun Empire吐谷渾 (285-670 A.D.). They later converted to a variety of Tibetan Buddhism sprinkled with shamanist ceremonies and many continue to live in yurts in the high plateau of northern Qinghai.