The Asian Cruise – this was how we met. Words – how cheesy but they help trigger memories of that month-long journey of the senses, and we begin to remember the wondrous things we’ve seen and experienced and felt. (I wish I had a digicam then so I wouldn’t have to resort to this cheesiness)
The Asian Cruise:Moments In Words
Of Fairwinds, Clear Skies and Following Seas
A Gray, Massive Vessel and Seafaring Folks
Towards a Nautical Adventure
One Clear October Evening
Naval Customs, Traditions and Jargons
Knowing Knots, Anchors, and Oscar Flags
Finding Gangways, Galleys, and Wardrooms
Sea Detail, Evening Mess, Second Watch
The Mystery Food in the Crew Mess Hall
Meeting Ensigns, Commanders and Captains
First Acquaintances and Budding Friendships.
Amid the Seemingly Endless Seas
and Eternal Blue Skies,
The Rolling and the Pitching, the Soft Waves and The Wind
the Bustling Onboard Activities,
Fate Takes the Helm,
Plots the Course,
and so the Real Voyage Begins – Two Drifters
Encounters at the Bridge;
Night Navigation in the Pilot House
Stargazing and Watching Lunar Cycles at the Helipad.
Being Lulled by the Rhythmic Waves
of the Sea.
The Thailand Experience.
Rich, Vibrant, and Vivid Hues;
a Bevy of Different Faces
Of Sawaddees and Kopkhuns;
Of Colorful Sarong and Silk,
Of Fake Designer Bags and Watches
Strolling in Pattaya On a Warm, sultry Evening
…and the Red Light Districts
and the nightlife of Sattahip;
The Playful Teasing
That Secret Glance
That Undistinguishable Soda
That One, Single Rose
and “Anonymous” Ice Cream.
Of Tok Toks and Taxi Meters
Exotic Birds and Sparkling Jewels
The Smell, The Taste of Spicy Food
The Night Markets in Khao San Road
Attractive Trinkets and Odd Souvenirs
Haggling with the Vendors
The Rich, Gold Grand Palace
Red Moon in Cambodia
Illuminating, setting hearts on fire
Enchanting the Pathways
and the Moon Slowly descends to the sea;
A Jog by the Shores of Sihanoukville
a Swim at the Beach
the Haunted Chambers at Tuol Sleng
Street Bargains in Ho Chi Minh
the Rosewood Vases, the Jewelry Boxes,
and Elephant Ceramics
the Ao Dais and the Chiongsams
Beaded Bags and Sequined Shoes
a Shopping Spree
an Evening Walk at the Promenade.
Shipboard Dinner Dances and Sing-Alongs
Of Mashed Potatoes and Mars Chocolate Bars
Side by Side
Under a Canopy of Stars
Holding Hands and Stealing Glances
Awkward Kisses and Self-Conscious Hugs.
And Moonlight Moments at the Bridge;
A Reflection of Thoughts
Outside the Sick Bay;
Revelations at the Fo’c’sle.
Sweet, Gentle Touches at the Upper Bunks
Waking with the Sun At the Officer’s Deck.
Little Moments that are never Little.
Moments that are Intimate
Moments that are Warm
Moments that are Exquisite
Moments that are Extraordinary.
A Delight For The Minds
A Healing Of The Souls
A Seduction Of The Senses
A Discovery For The Hearts.