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On the Road: Facades of Si Chiang Mai

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One thing I could not really afford to miss in Si Chiang Mai, where I spent the first night of the trip was to run along the Mekong River. It was a nice way to explore the town. I used to come here on school breaks but had no memory about this place.

The first thing that struck me was the façades of the houses by the river. They were like time stamps of architectures such as temples, wooden and concrete shophouses.

I was told that the town used to be very busy because it was right opposite to Vientiane, the capital of Laos. People used to get across the vast river by ferry. But that slowly died out when the Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge opened in the 90’s.

That could be one of the reasons why you could variety of house styles along the strip.

Traces of Entertainment

Traces of Entertainment

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The place we stayed in Newcastle is just across the road from this demolished site. From what I explored, it use to be a complex of: a boxing gym, a pub, a bottle shop and a food shop. It apparently was a background of Marcus Westbury’s interview with State Line and a place for some blokes and pigeons to live in.

Newcastle Doors

Newcastle Doors

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The major parts of the final project at Cofa have been done so far. Stilgherrian and I decided to spend NSW Labour Day long weekend in Newcastle for lots of reasons:

There have been a lot article talking about Renew Newcastle and Stilgherrian has one as well. For my part, I could not think of anything else but transitional phases Newcastle has been going through. Let it shows from its doors.

Back in Cabramatta

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Refurbished

When I first visit Cabramatta six years ago, it was Moon Festival celebration. For the first time in Sydney, I felt I recognised crowded Asian punters, just like home.

Cabramatta has large Asian communities from Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. That gives a special character identified with Southeast Asian culture. This time it ramping up for Lunar New Year. Another celebration is on the way.