Payatas 20 years on!

Payatas 20 years on!

Today marks 20 years since the devastating trash slide in Manila, the Philippines. More than 250 people died, and hundreds got injured. Many are still missing. July in 2000 had abysmal weather in the Philippines. Typhoons Kirogi and Kai-Tak passed over the main island...
Haiti crisis continues

Haiti crisis continues

More than one-third of Haitians are now facing “severe food insecurity,” according to a new report by the World Food Programme (WFP). That is 3.7 million people. Among them, one million are facing “food emergency,” just one step away from...
Crisis pushes Haiti to the brink of collapse

Crisis pushes Haiti to the brink of collapse

Crisis pushes Haiti to the brink of collapse! Is there any solution? A struggle between President Moïse and an opposition movement demanding his ouster has led to violent demonstrations. Seven weeks of unrest around Haiti have led to soaring prices, non-existing...
Crisis in Haiti deepens

Crisis in Haiti deepens

Since 2018 the economic situation in Haiti has steadily deteriorated with an increase in the cost of living related among other things to the depreciation of 23% of the national currency in 6 months. This situation, combined with socio-political tensions and low...
Haiti inflation

Haiti inflation

New records in Haiti, but for all the wrong reasons. The prices increased by 1,5% in February compared to January, and on year-to-year the inflation is now at 17%. Food prices soared more than 20% over the last year. Selected price increases in one year that make...
Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat

Angkor is one of the most important archaeological sites in South-East Asia. Stretching over some 400 km2, including forested area, Angkor Archaeological Park contains the magnificent remains of the different capitals of the Khmer Empire, from the 9th to the 15th...
Bang Rak cinema going away

Bang Rak cinema going away

The oldest movie theater in Bangkok – Prince’s – once called Bang Rak Cinema (built in 1908) was getting demolished earlier this year. I walked by the hidden trok (side street), looking for a restaurant, and walked straight into the demolishing. They let...
Street food in Bangkok soon banned?

Street food in Bangkok soon banned?

First of all. I’m all for development and enhancement of cities and neighborhoods. But in my world, Bangkok is moving in the wrong direction on a few levels. Old classic housing areas and projects are taken down for new skyscrapers and shopping malls (seriously, many...
Labor Day Weekend NY, USA

Labor Day Weekend NY, USA

It was a great Labor Day Weekend in NY. The Big Apple is always nice to return to. This time did not disappoint either. Five days felt at least one day to short! But I will be back soon. Some general pics from around the city:  
UN admits Haiti cholera outbreak

UN admits Haiti cholera outbreak

The United Nations has finally acknowledged it played a role in an outbreak of cholera in Haiti in 2010 that has since killed about 10,000 people in the country. Studies have shown that Nepalese UN troops were the source of the disease – but the UN repeatedly...
School is out – Haiti

School is out – Haiti

The school year 2015-2016 has just finished in Haiti. Millions of school kids are on their well deserved break. They will be back in their classrooms in September. The education system in Haiti is developing but to slow. Primary school enrollment is about 75%, up a...
School in The Philippines in progress

School in The Philippines in progress

The Philippine school year 2016-2017 started on  June 13. Millions of school children are back in the classroom. The said school year is comprised of 54 days for the first quarter, 48 days for the second quarter, another 48 days for the third quarter, and 52 days for...
New book out

New book out

Finally the book “Bangkok – 10 vandringar och utflykter” was released. It is all in Swedish, but hopefully there will be an English version as well. The book is about 10 walks and day trips in Bangkok.  It is an excellent book to complement any...
Chernobyl – 30 years on

Chernobyl – 30 years on

On April 26, 1986, the world’s worst nuclear disaster took place; the explosion of Chernobyl’s No. 4 nuclear reactor in the Ukraine. About nine tone of radio active dust, 90 times more than the Hiroshima bomb, spread over a large area of Europe. Some five...