Category Archives: Middle East

Day 254: My name is Jumong

Nasir-ol-molk Mosque, Shiraz

“Jumong!” a little boy yelled with glee as I passed by. I smiled and walked on without a clue what he was referring to.

Then another, and another, greeted me with the same. “Jumong! Jumong!”

I couldn’t walk around Shiraz without being noticed and called “Jumong” or asked with a curious grin: “Jumong?”

Soon before long I was catching on… Continued 繼續看…

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第二百五十四天: 抱歉我不夠漂亮

「你在中國也不化妝嗎?你化妝打扮美很多。」這是出自一位伊朗本地女子的口。她比我少一歲,已有一子一女,在家也是濃妝抹艷的。在她眼中有兩種人:美和不美的,根據她的標準,她老公屬於後者。 Continued 繼續看…

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Day 252: The Million Star Hotel

Crumbling Sand Castles at Kaluts

Spent the night in Kaluts, a desert filled with sand castles. These tall structures, believed to be formed by wind erosion, became walls for our makeshift ‘hotel room’. We fell asleep right there in the open, beneath a million stars. Moein, our driver, had everything we needed in the boot of his car. I can’t believe how he managed to pack it all in – a carpet, pillow, blanket, sleeping bags, gas stove, teapot, food, fruit, drinks… Continued 繼續看…

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第二百四十九天: 地鐵奇觀

德克蘭地鐵女士專用車卡

在伊朗的第五天,我經驗了人生中最最最擠擁的時光。

今天是禮拜六,我們逛完市集坐地鐵回去。到達月台,看到了人山人海,週末人多和繁忙時段地鐵班次並不頻密皆是原因。等了一會見越來越人多,我決定去女士專用車卡,避免「難忍味」和被非禮的機會。反正和黃Glenn 只相距一關卡,應該沒問題的。車來了,我們當然不夠本地人熟練進不去,等下一班車吧。 Continued 繼續看…

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Day 245: From Iraq to Iran

From Iraq to Iran : The Hamilton Road

Took the Hamilton Road from Arbil (Iraq) to Orumiye (Iran). Long ass journey for a short distance because most of it is on winding mountain road built by Kiwi engineer Archibald Hamilton from 1928-1932. Read about the spectacular scenery from LP and scenery did not disappoint. Sun baked mountains, lush blonde pastures (looking like they’ve been shampooed & conditioned), rich brown soil. Landscapes reminiscent of Bolivia – endless land and rippling mountains. Continued 繼續看…

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第二百四十五天: 簡單快樂的國度

到目前為止我感受過最好客的地方 (拿沙堅持請我們在裁縫店吃伊拉克傳統早餐)

感受過伊拉克庫爾德斯坦,我絕對要重新定義「好客」和「對朋友對家人的愛」。

從表面證供看來,這裡極度光鮮沒窮人,無發現流浪漢/狗/貓,一輛輛新的名貴房車、一棟棟華麗豪宅、一個個穿筆挺校服小學生、打扮時髦的年青人、恤衫西褲企理非常的中年漢… 這裡沒有戰爭沒有流離失所沒有恐懼,也沒有繁華鬧市的氣燄,有的只是手足情親情豪邁樂天豁達與純真。伊拉克庫爾德斯坦,一個簡單快樂的國度。 Continued 繼續看…

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Day 244: Kurdish Hospitality

Nashar busy tailoring away…

I stared out the backseat window of Nashar’s car, pondering over the events of the last 24 hours, whilst he drove us for a second time to dinner. Iraqi Kurdistan has been a real eye-opener and one of my most memorable destinations. Continued 繼續看…

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Day 242: Shh.. Don’t tell mom we’re in Iraq!

Overlooking Dohuk

 Iraqi Kurdistan to be precise, the northern region of Iraq that enjoys a high degree of autonomy, commonly known as “the other Iraq”. This is the region liberated by the US following the 2003 Iraq War and fall of Saddam’s regime. The Kurds were severely oppressed by Hussein, whose crimes against humanity include genocide of Kurds in a chemical attack on the Kurdish city of Halabja. So it only seems natural that their liberator, Mr. George Bush Junior is loved and revered. This is probably the only place on earth where Dubya is loved. Continued 繼續看…

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