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  •  Circus all right! Oily Man not all right! (1+ / 0-)
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    Diana in NoVa

    Wonderful definition of an ambush.

    I do love rijjstafel. When I was seventeen I went to Amsterdam. I foolishly took my father, so I wasn't able to have any dangerous adventures. But we bonded over the marvelous art museums, and delicious rijjstafel.

    Thanks for the photos, especially the family portrait.

    Your house reminds me of my grandparents' house. They bought it in the Rio Grande Valley, before there was air-conditioning. It was cooled on the old Moorish system: there was a fountain in the foyer, and the cool water hydrated and cooled the air.

    I do like "rain and green conspiring in Singapore".

    Oh, I didn't see this coming in your first diary: I'm glad you made it back to Singapore. It's good but sad, I guess, that it's changed so much.

    My Dad also came with me to India. Monsoon hit as we were coming back from a Chinese lunch. I was fine with rickshaws, but my Dad had opted for a black British taxi.

    So the water was rising in the streets, and people were getting into rickshaws or on bikes to beat the flood home. Our driver suggested we do the same. My Dad wouldn't budge.

    When the water was a foot deep, the taxi could go no further. Our driver went to get a friend, who would help him start the taxi. I'm sure he really just went and had tea for an hour and a half. The water reached our window, but no higher - and the taxi was pretty water-tight, with the doors shut. Eventually the waters receded, our taxi-driver came back apologizing, and we made it back to our hotel.

    Thanks again, Diana, for your colorful writing. When I finally make it to the Far East, I'll be sure to see Singapore.

    "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

    by Brecht on Thu Jan 24, 2013 at 03:36:38 PM PST

    •  Wow, those are some memories, Brecht! (1+ / 0-)
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      Yes...Westerners just can't believe the kinds of things that can happen in the Far East until they've experienced it personally.  I'm sure your Dad never made the same mistake again!

      Thanks for the kind words.  My late father would have been pleased that you liked his words--if only I could find the rest of that poem!  Perhaps one day I will.

      "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

      by Diana in NoVa on Thu Jan 24, 2013 at 06:09:54 PM PST

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