Escape From Bali

Escape From Bali

Virgin, JetStar, no airline was flying to Perth until next week at the earliest. My ticket was with Air Asia on Flt. QZ548 -- only the second flight scheduled to fly to Perth during the past 72 hours. I got that seat after waiting in line at the airport for three...

STRANDED!

STRANDED!

On the nearby island of Lombok, just east of Bali, Mt. Rinjani has erupted, spewing volcanic ash and smoke over the region. Because the ash presents a serious risk to jet engines, three airports have been closed since yesterday, including here in Bali. And almost 700...

Will I Survive Bali?

Will I Survive Bali?

First impression: Panama City Beach meets 1967 Saigon.

No. Soldiers aren’t in the streets carrying weapons. But, nonetheless, it’s a war out there and death or injury by MVA could be swift and painful.

World Series

World Series

Sitting in Changi Airport Singapore in O'Leary's sportsbar watching World Series...live...at 9:38am. (Mets are up 1-0.)

Singapore, Singapore

Singapore, Singapore

A town so nice they named it twice. 9:24am here. My room at the Royal Plaza on Scotts (see lobby shot above) is not ready yet. So I'm cooling my heels here in the Orchard shopping district. The heat and humidity is not unlike Florida...but it's still morning. If it's...

Penang, Malaysia

Penang, Malaysia

7:35 AM - After three days at sea, we have finally arrived in Penang, Malaysia. No big excursions planned, I'll explore the place on foot. Not expecting much, frankly. I had originally planned to spend the day lounging on the "famous" Monkey Beach and frollicking with...

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka

Me with Aussie mates, Ian, Jillian & Thor, in search of spiritual enlightenment and a cold beer in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Mangalore

Mangalore

Alive and well in India. Woke up to cows walking around by the boat. In town I enjoyed a Coke at McDonalds...(they don't serve burgers, BTW)...and paid a whopping 75 Rupees. Roughly $1.20.

The Suez Canal

The Suez Canal

Woke up this morning in the mouth of the Suez Canal. Slowly making our way. Security personnel is posted on the lower promenade deck (Deck 6), armed with binoculars, walkie talkies and nasty scowls on their faces. If you were going to describe what a "mercenary" looks...