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Portugal, a quick visit to Sintra and catching up with friends

Decided to do the trip to Sintra to see the astonishing Pena Palace – a gothic fairy tale castle kind of place. Too many people as it was a weekend but still pretty impressive as are the views and the interiors.

Best bit of last few days has been visiting Fado (the Portuguese traditional songs the sea and love) and doing that while catching up with visiting friends – Joanna,Peter and Daphne and Mark (will see more of them later this month in the Algarve). Thanks for joining me.

Thailand, Bangkok – museum of Siam, shopping and old friends

Visited the newly renovated Museum of Siam. I enjoyed it but not for the reasons I thought I would. Actually this museum is firmly aimed at Thai youngsters and poses the question “what is Thainess” and how has that evolved? I guess the authorities felt the need to encourage young people here to understand their origins and the changes over the years to help them think about what makes them Thai. That in itself was interesting. Some of their take so “Thainess” is below!

A blessing of living and working all round the world is that I tend to know someonein most places. While in Bangkok I caught up with Panadda who I stayed with but also Chaitanya and Tani (former colleagues from ANZ) and we had a lovely evening dining by the river.

Finally a trip to Bangkok has to include shopping. This is truly a city of malls but also somewhere where “just looking” really means something. Being there on Valentine’s Day and Chinese New Year meant that every mall was more decked out than usual. I really liked Zen Mall (very cool gadgets and they even sell drones as well as Emporium and Em Quartier. See what a mall should look like below

also many malls include a shrine nearby so you pray and shop within metres of each other