Time patrol Asia. # 2


“Scotty, this is taking wayyy much longer than I thought. Any suggestions?”

“Take a deep breath, Captain. We brought back tons of material. Priceless. Not to mention the beer. The shiplike building above, by the Gardens of the bay, in Singapore, is quite unique, is it not?”

“Yes, yes… It is. But… there are so many layers to any trip. I’m still not sure how I want to handle this.”

“One post at a time, Sir. Like you always say.”

“Right, right. Scotty, you are so right. Well, friends, here we go. Another voyage in Time and space. Asia. Chapter 2.”


Bangkok, 2018.

11a elephants Norodom

Phnom Penh, Cambodia, c. 1900. King Norodom’s elephants. See the Cambodian Royal Palace in the background.


Singapore. 2018. (I will comment in further posts about the particular structure of façades)


A tiger to go, please. Singapore, 2017.


The Lord Tiger, Penang, Malaysia. 2017.


Angkor Thom, Cambodia, 2018. Above: the Naga serpent god and a lion.


Singapore. 2018. Chewing gum (and durians) are prohibited, but street art thrives.


Penang doors. 2017.


Happy chicken near the artist house, Klong (canal) Bang Luang. Bangkok, 2018.

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Downtown Bangkok, c. 1957. In those days, most of Bangkok was canals, called Klong in Thai. Life went on along the waters. Most Klongs have been filled up. A few still remain.


A very renowned piece of street art in Penang. 2017. (After)


Before. πŸ™‚ You need about 45 minutes to take this picture without kids. πŸ˜‰


My mother’s ID, issued in Phnom-Penh, Cambodia. I tell you: we were there. πŸ™‚ A while ago. Sixty years and change?

Captain and crew thank you for your patience on this long-delayed flight in time and (Asia) space. Will be continued once the Captain figures out a better selection and text system. Y’all have a great week-end, naw, ye hear?

All photographs and text (c) BMO and Equinoxio.




30 thoughts on “Time patrol Asia. # 2

    • She was. And the dates are impressive: she was barely 30 then, younger than my daughters are today. πŸ™‚
      The whole trip was a pot-pourri. Mind-blowing really.
      Hope all is well with you. (3 inches of snow and France collapses, right?)

  1. It’s fun to travel to these places again through your lens and words! Makes my heart ache to be leaving this wonderful region in just a few days. Just 15 months ago, I wouldn’t have recognized anything in this post…and now it feels like home 😍

  2. Love the shot of the boys and the wall boy. I kept going back and forth between the two, thinking what an interesting composition to set a chair by the wall just there. I thought at first it was a chair painted on the wall, but then saw the live boys and the chair and the wall boy. What a gift for you to see. Thank you for sharing it and making my eyes dance.

    • Glad for the dance. That, and another street art piece (to come) changed my perspective. I was impatient to see people leave so I could take the shot. But then, as there was a lot of turnout, I realized the people were more interesting than the art. πŸ˜‰

  3. Singapore has too many forbidden things, I wouldn’t live there.
    Otherwise the selection is great, love the chicken and the tigers. I have a mouse pad with a tiger, it’s my first pad ever and I still use it daily, it probably has almost twenty years, got a couple dents from my hitting it with the mouse loooong ago probably pissed off by some game. I’ve thrown away a few newer pads in the mean time, they just broke. That blue/orange coaster reminded me of it.

    You, have a great weekend too! And thank your for another fine trip. πŸ™‚

    (for some reason I don’t get the Like button/widget anymore on any WP blog, but please do consider I like this post too)

    • Tigers are… strong animals and symbols. πŸ™‚
      No worry about “likes”. I forget them often.
      Now, Singapore… Is not what one thinks.
      I live in a country without Law, where 21,000 people were murdered last year.
      Singapore, from what I saw, is easy-going. πŸ™‚

      • I do like tigers but wouldn’t go near them in the wild. That pad is quite enough for me. πŸ˜€

        Law is not always good. And is definitely not fair. Chewing gum forbidden? Oh, for fuck sake! I’d understand if smoking were forbidden.
        And then drug dealing/possession leads to capital punishment, isn’t it? Imagine if you were Cameron Diaz in “Knight & Day”, someone slipped a bag of blow in your luggage and you were detected at the customs. You wouldn’t like Singapore that much, would you…

        Now I don’t know about Mexico – maybe 21,000 isn’t much, maybe a great deal of them were scum anyway – but I’d rather have proper education and a healthy raise in common-sense than indiscriminate law.

      • Only 298 murders in Romania in 2014.
        Removing chewing gum from the sidewalks costs millions every year to the cities.
        I’ve heard of the Diaz movie. Probably based on “a true story”. Now “over the past 3 years a total of 10 people have been executed” in Singapore. (Source: Amnesty Int’l) That’s for dimension.
        And while I do not support capital punishment at all, I liked Singapore. It is a nice city. πŸ™‚

      • Statistics… I know you’re fond of it but I wouldn’t trust numbers, and they never tell the context.
        Probably education is also too expensive and doesn’t guarantee the desired result so better forbid things, it’s “safer”. Oh, what a wonderful world…

        That movie is about a “magic” battery, not drugs, and she didn’t get caught, but the idea is basically the same: someone can get one in big trouble.

        Singapore may be nice to visit for a short time but to live in… dunno.

      • True about the short time. Buuuut. I’ve lived in many, many places… Pending further research, Singapore has my vote. (and much warmer than Denmark!) πŸ˜‰

  4. The… “pods”? atop King Norodom’s elephants look incredibly modern! I’m also surprised to see Asian elephants with such long tusks. Thanks again for the journey through space and time.

    • Can’t remember what that thing is called. It will come back. Pad maybe? I think they just still use the same age-old system. Now about tusks, Asian elephant up to the turn of the 20th century had much longer tusks. But as the population declined, and poaching surely increased, I think one now only sees younger elephants with shorter tusks.

  5. I love the fact that you can’t buy durian but street art is fine. Strange place Singapore! I remember having a cocktail on that hotel roof several years ago during a conference, truly amazing place. Looking forward to seeing (and hearing) more from your trip Brian.

    • Plan was to have a drink there but time got the best of us.
      Durian is prohibited on the tube (MRT). But there is no indication of a fine.
      I really liked Singapore. More comments to come. Tot ziens Paul.

  6. So here starts the story about your latest trip and beyond. Your mother is so beautiful and brave. You are truly blessed.
    I am trying to catch up as I have missed 4 months.

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