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Why we need a Shangri-la

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HUGE curtains covering temple doorways

We do not travel because we have to get from one place to another. We travel because we yearn.

Posted: March 29th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Travel | Read More »

Crow Castle–and guess what Japanese icon was in it

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EARLY morning view of the castle

Crows have always struck me as sinister creatures. Many years ago, as a young intern in Dacca, I watched a gang of these feathered ruffians obliterate the carcass of a goat in a matter of minutes.

Posted: March 1st, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Travel | Read More »

Mexican life seen through paintings

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DAVID Alfaro Siqueiros mural at the Rectory

Most students of the University of the Philippines Diliman are probably unaware that there is a mural in the main lobby of Palma Hall, the largest building in the campus.

Posted: February 15th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Travel | Read More »

How to read a Mexican church

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PLATERESQUE facade of the church of San Agustin de Acolman

The Metropolitan Museum in New York put up an exhibit many years ago called “Mexico: Splendors of Thirty Centuries.”

Posted: January 26th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Travel | Read More »

Retracing the Tea Horse Trade–the forgotten path

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FAMOUS hanging bridge that figured prominently in Mao Zedong's Long March

In an effort to gather more information about the Tea Horse Trade, I drove out to the village of Shu-he. Here, a museum had been set up by a private company to commemorate the age-old exchange of horses and tea leaves between China and Tibet.

Posted: January 5th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Travel | Read More »

Retracing the Tea Horse Trade–the forgotten path

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A STREET bustling with new businesses for new travelers

Aside from the famous Silk Road, there was another lesser known network of paths used by what is now called the Tea Horse Trade. This Trade involved the ancient exchange between China and Tibet, with tea coming from the former and horses from the latter.

Posted: December 22nd, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Travel | Read More »

Asakusa, Tokyo: I have not forgotten my turtles

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As soon as I told my mother that I was going to Japan for a seminar, she said one word and smiled: “Asakusa.” She then reminded me that it was in the famous temple market of this Tokyo district that I, as a young boy, had bought my turtles. Now, this purchase was more than four decades ago, when my father, acting on a promise to his grandfather, had taken his three eldest children to Japan.

Posted: December 15th, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Travel | Read More »

Seeing the colors and patterns of life in Lahore

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Urban studies scholar William Glover has likened Lahore in northern Pakistan to a palimpsest, a document that has been used again and again while preserving the marginal comments, scribbles, and doodles of generations of previous users.

Posted: December 7th, 2012 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Travel | Read More »

An afternoon with Frida Kahlo

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Frida Kahlo has been described as a “female Van Gogh.” While the title may be dubious and even sexist, the point is made that, like her Dutch counterpart, the diminutive Mexican’s global reputation is partially the product of media hype which—in Frida’s case—arose only in the 1990s. Before that she was pretty much unknown. Today, she is at the center of a thriving backyard industry in her country, her face gazing out of T-shirts, bags, and many other products of which she may or may not have approved.

Posted: December 1st, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Travel | Read More »

How my Japanese professor-friend learned to love Filipino food–in Majayjay, Laguna

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When I told history professor Dr. Rico Jose that I was visiting the National Archives of Japan to ask about their records on the Philippines, he suggested that I also go to see his friend, Dr. Takefumi Terada at Sophia University.

Posted: November 29th, 2012 in Featured Gallery,Food,Headlines | Read More »

What price loyalty–the epic of the 47 ‘ronin’

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Rabrindranath Tagore once said that each country had its inner geography where her spirit dwells. I imagine that this geography is shaped, then defined by narratives which embody a people’s views of themselves.

Posted: November 17th, 2012 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Travel | Read More »

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