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Do not feed the bogus monks!!
Travelers are prone to be sensitive to the religious practices of the country they visit. I am aware of that whenever we travel to another country, especially to Thailand where Buddhism is very much a way of life. I have often contributed to monks who solicit for food mainly in the form of rice in their morning rounds. As monks don't work for a living they usually depend on the goodwill of business people in their district for support and in return they bless their contributors with good health and fortune.
Famed martial arts group from Singapore came to Kuala Lumpur attend the annual Malaysia's Batizado (graduation ceremony) and stayed with us. Capoeira, for those, like us who is unaware of this, is an incredible form of Brazilian martial arts. We were totally impressed with their style and routine.
Christina, Shen & women of the H'mong Tribe after a long trek up and down the rice terraces to Ta Van, Sapa Valley. The Black H'mong are the most progressive and skilful of the tribes. They will accompany visitors on their trek during the months when they are not tending to their rice fields. Most of them speak English quite well though they don't necessarily know how to read or write.
Dear Michael & Christina
CONGRATULATIONS! to our lovely Sarang Galloway guests Vick and Vanessa on their wedding in Kuala Lumpur in August 2008.