The Phitsanoluk Airport

I have been a few times to Phitsanoluk airport. Here is a quick rundown of the facilities there. Do not come early There is very little to do in Phitsanoluk airport. There is one coffee shop and one handicrafts shop. Check-in is very fast and efficient. You will have absolutely zero problems if you arrive about one hour before your flight departs. Amenities ATM - yes Walk to the terminal on arrival Not a big deal, but you will have to walk from the airplane to the terminal.

The free shuttle bus between Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang

If you are like me, after a long flight, you want to travel fast to your final destination. However, if that destination was not Bangkok, you might need to transfer from one Bangkok airport to the other. Bangkok has two main international airports: Suvarnabhumi airport (IATA airport code BKK) - the newest and largest one. It is pronounced su-wa-na-poom, which means The Golden Land, referring to a kingdom that was east of the Ganges and maybe in South-East Asia.

How I found out that Hell is in Singapore

Boring. Perfectly patched system, WordPress content management system and plugins updated. My pentest not really going anywhere. A sysadmin from hell going wayang and falsely accusing me of a site slowdown during my obligatory wpscan (wpscan is an automated tool to find security issues in a WordPress site). Wah this guy, damn guai lan! Yes, hell is in Asia, just not in the country where I expected it to be.

The One-Armed Bitcoin Bandit

When you get tired of spending your money in one of the two Singaporean casinos why not take another gamble and buy some Bitcoin? Thanks to Bitcoin Exchange everyone in Singapore can easily get Bitcoin without the hassle of going through the Internet and opening an account with a bitcoin exchange. The Bitcoin ATM or Vending Machine is located in the Citylink mall, next to the TCC coffeee shop at #B1-26.

A Nice Catch (Prawning, Bishan Park, Singapore)

A friend of mine invited me to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon on the beaches, bars, clubs and restaurants of Sentosa Island. However, Singapore having a wet and humid climate, you better prepare for plan B, since it might start raining at any time. April is in the so-called inter-monsoon period, and thunderstorms, usually severe, occur in the early morning and afternoon. Due to the humidity, it also feels a lot hotter than it is.

Hop on a bus, Gus (Singapore - Johor Bahru)

Johor Bahru (more commonly known as JB) is the state capital of Johor and, from Singapore, is the gateway to neighbouring Malaysia when travelling by car or bus. It is a very popular destination amongst Singaporeans because most prices there – but not all, buyer beware – are about half of those in Singapore. For foreigners in Singapore the attraction is that you can go travel to JB in less than an hour and be back in no time.

The Forbidden City - Nine Dragon Wall

I visited the Forbidden City in Beijing on the 14th of November 2011. The above picture displays the marvellous Nine Dragon Wall (九龙壁 – Jiǔ Lóng Bì). It was build in 1773 during the Qing dynasty (1644-1911) during the reign of Emperor Qianlong (1735-1796). The screen was apparently built to provide privacy by blocking the view through the Gate of Imperial Supremacy into the Palace of Tranquil Longevity. Such walls also denied access to evil spirits, which must travel in straight lines.

The old summer palace (Yuanming Yuan Park, Beijing)

The Old Summer Palace (Yuanming Yuan park) is a beautiful place to stroll around. The ruins are the remainders of the grand palace and park build by the Qinq Emperor Qianlong (1750s). It was destroyed during the Second Opium war (1850s) and reconstructed by Emperor Guangxu for use by Empress Dowager Cixi in 1886. It is on the Unesco World Heritage list. Kunming Lake The central feature of the Administrative area, the Hall of Benevolence and Longevity is approached through the monumental East Palace Gate.

Beihai park and the nine dragons screen (Beijing)

Beijing really is an amazing city, deeply entrenched with history and tradition. First built in the 10th century, Beihai Park is part of that historical background. Since 1925, the park has been open to the public. Note that I could only show a very small selection of the numerous beautiful gardens, structures, palaces and temples of Beihai Park. Be sure to visit them all on your next trip to Beijing!

Singapore Zoo: Going to the Dogs

Is the Singapore Zoo really worth a visit, or can it only be recommended to student psychologists researching the deeper dungeons of human behavior? In a common zoo, one is used to endure crying babies, monkey behavior of noisy teenagers and bickering parents before having the privilege to experience uninterested wards pointing to the smelly cages of nameless, unhappy and mostly sleeping animals. But no, as I found out, Asian families really do enjoy a visit to the Singapore zoo and the kids behaved a lot more civilised than their Western counterparts (yes, I am a parent too).