The Comeback Kid

The southern coast of Sri Lanka was hit hard by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, and much of the country’s 35,000 fatalities (the second-highest death toll of the disaster) were incurred in the south, especially in beach towns like Unawatuna, Thalpe, and Mirissa.  Six years later, the south seems to have bounced back nicely and … Continue reading

1200 Strokes in the Andaman Sea

The Andaman Sea is part of the Indian Ocean southeast of the Bay of Bengal, and bordered by the west coast of Thailand and peninsular Malaysia. The island of Langkawi, Malaysia’s most popular beach destination, straddles the Andaman Sea and the Straits of Melaka, off the northern state of Kedah near the Thailand-Malaysia border.  Langkawi … Continue reading

Island Hopping for the Rest of Us

Today was a day of extremes, from printing the latest chapter of my book on the top floor of the Four Seasons Hotel on Hong Kong Island to sampling the Tofu Grandma’s dau-fu-fa under a makeshift canopy on Lamma Island.  I finished the day back on Hong Kong Island with a mango smoothie and an … Continue reading