Archive for June, 2017

The Road to Chiang Mai

“The Traveler was active; he went strenuously in search of people, of adventure, of experience. The Tourist is passive.” ~Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe Saving $12 on bus fare; but spending two days in sodden heat, sleeping on hard floors, and suffering pangs of doubt and uncertainty; is not an advisable transaction. It’s hilariously invalid from […]

The Slow Breaking Wave of Tourism

I recently posted an article in which I mentioned a malaise surrounding the shallowness of Southeast Asian travel. It’s fitting because I currently write from Kuta, Lombok, Indonesia; a town on the island just East of Bali, a town in the nascent throes of a tourism bloom. Lombok retains a majority of its simple, rural, […]

Explanation and Experience

‘Science without Religion is lame. Religion without Science is blind.’ ~Albert Einstein The concepts old Albert was mentioning here go deeper than what is traditionally viewed as ‘Science’ and ‘Religion.’ He meant more than the formal intellectual honesty, the encyclopedia of knowledge, and the controlled experimentation achieved through Scientific inquiry. And he also meant more […]

The Simple, Unexpected Pleasures

“The more a man knows about himself in relation to every kind of experience, the greater his chance of suddenly, one fine morning, realizing Who In Fact ‘he’ Is.” ~Alduous Huxley, Island White road-lines sped backward like ticks of a clock, measuring out time against distance. And the truck bed smelled of composting meat. The […]

Manifest Fantasy

Bananas for breakfast on the morning reality collided with a daydream. Who on social media hasn’t seen the edited photos of stunning foreign landscapes? The ones filtered until the colors glow unrealistically. The trees radiate neon green. The water shimmers an electric blue. All around the terrain is power washed. And the sun is always […]

Brain Stir Fry and Chinese Pop

There was the Fool, attending some Baby God’s birthday, surrounded by old Chinese men, celebrating at a potluck style dinner. There was a stage set up across the narrow street on which a stunning Chinese dancer belted out awful American pop songs. The Fool sat in a chair on the crumbling sidewalk and wondered if […]

Monkey Beach

Disio and I rented a bike to explore Taman Negara, a national park near Georgetown.  We packed barely enough supplies into Disio’s tiny backpack, picked up the bike, and went winding through the spiderweb of Pinang city streets. The streets in Malaysia are the result of an Asian culture successfully emulating the infrastructure of western […]

“The man had come so far. Out of a desolate ice field, across a vast swamp. He’d climbed fertile mountains, traversed a barren desert, and navigated a silent sea. He trudged now through a dense, dim forest. The ground was a sponge of dried leaves. The air was thick with suspended dust. Tangles of brush […]

Self-Destruction in Pinang

“I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they’ve always worked for me.” ~Hunter S. Thompson Pinang Living… Riding across the bridge into Pinang was a surreal experience. The grey, concrete span was tunneled by familiar yellow streetlights. A stripe of red tail lights, and white headlights, stretched forward across the […]

What I’m On About

“Nature: the alpha and omega; the all-being whose infinite scope escapes description; which is in us, through us, and all around us; and which guides all life into being and lays it again to rest. As we ourselves are Nature, it is plain that a bounteous life is one in accord with Nature.” ~Archibald Felix   […]