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WoWasis field test: the durable, inexpensive Nokia 1280 phone for Asia

The Nokia 1280 is a durable, inexpensive, and well-designed phone that we recommend, especially for use in Asia

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WoWasis book review: ‘Sarawak’ photos by Hedda Morrison

Hedda Morrison, who died in 1991, was the wife of Sarawak district officer Alastair Morrison. During her 20-year stay in Sarawak, she was able to accompany her husband on official journeys through the country, detailing, through writing and photographs, the lives of tribespeople. Her book Sarawak (1957) is an indispensible record of northern Borneo before […]

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WoWasis pioneers the use of travel-site GPS coordinates

Like most non-Western nations, the countries of Southeast Asia have loads of street addresses that don’t mean much to non-residents. It’s common for numbering schemes to stop as a street name changes, then start up again a few blocks away. Often, addresses on one side of the street have nothing in relation to those on […]

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WoWasis book review: Jonathan Kwitny’s ‘Crimes of Patriots’

Here’s a book about one of the great bank swindles of the 20th century, that touched countries as disparate as the U.S., Australia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, Brunei, and Indonesia. And it touched them all in a big way. The bank was called Nugan Hand, named after its co-founders, lawyer Frank […]

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Malaysia Oasis Top Ten Sites in Malaysia

Malaysia is full of great places, and here is our short list of highlights, not to be missed. Choose between Peninsular Malaysia, and Malaysian Borneo, or visit both, as air transportation is inexpensive and easy.  Tour Malacca, tour Lankawi, tour George Town, or tour Kuala Lumpur now!  Peninsular Malaysia  1.  Melaka, a charming riverside town, […]

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Shops & markets in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Shopping opportunities abound in Kuala Lumpur, with everything ranging from high end boutique items to brand-name knock-offs that keep international lawyers busy.  Jalan Petaling: Same Old, Same Old, Day and Night  By day, on two blocks of one of Chinatown’s main streets, you can visit Chinese shops selling everything from incense to dresses, but by […]

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Art Galleries in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia

The art scene is just taking off in Kuching, and there are several galleries of note.  We expect the gallery scene to grow, so do keep an eye on the art scene here. Here are our favorites:  Atelier Gallery 104 Main Bazaar Street Tel: 082-243-492 GPS N01°33.448’ E 110°20.915’ Here, contemporary Malaysian art and design […]

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WoWasis on Bookstores in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia

  Sarawak’s  capital city of Kuching has a number of bookstores, and this is your best spot in Malaysia to pick up books on Sarawak.  Several of these stores are within a few blocks of each other, allowing you to browse and compare selection before buying.  See our book reviews for an idea of what’s […]

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James Ritchie on the religious basis for headhunting in Sarawak, Borneo

WoWasis correspondent James Ritchie on the religious basis for headhunting. You may also want to read How Headhunting originated in Sarawak, Borneo  and An Iban veteran tells how heads are smoked in Sarawak, Borneo. Headhunting was the result of serious religious beliefs among the Ibans of Sarawak.  It was a ritual filled with pomp and ceremony, […]

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James Ritchie: An Iban veteran tells how heads are smoked in Sarawak, Borneo

WoWasis correspondent James Ritchie on how headhunters smoke heads. You may also want to read: How Headhunting originated in Sarawak, Borneo and The religious basis for headhunting in Sarawak, Borneo . TEMENGGONG Jinggut anak Atari, who is in his early 60s and is the titular chief of the Ibans in Kapit, has seen heads being taken […]

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