20.02.2009 37 °C
And the winners are - Roy and Barrie Innes with a score of 95%. Congratulations - your prize awaits you at The Siam Riverside Hotel, Bangkok. (AIRFARE NOT INCLUDED).
Here are the answers to yesterday's quiz.
These are squid drying in the sun in a market in Kanchanaburi. Each squid is clipped onto a wire mesh using a spring clip.
These are dried palm fronds woven into a special motif which, according to the Balineses Hindus, will keep a motor vehicle from accidents or breakdowns for the next few months. Every vehicle, motorized or otherwise, has to be religiously blessed in an elaborate, and expensive, ceremony to ward off the evil spirits that can otherwise cause catastrophe. And the absolute conviction in this protection is probably the reason that they have no problem driving around on motorbikes with their entire family on board - and not a crash helmet between them.
These are garlands of offerings that are hung over every shrine both by Hindus and Buddhists.
Sheila is standing next to the world's biggest joss sticks in Penang, Malaysia. These incense sticks gave off enough fumes to ward off even the most evil of spirits - and all of the neighbourhood mosquitoes.
These are clay pots that are used universally in South East Asia for making hotpots - soups and stews cooked over charcoal embers. (Maybe Sunstone Pottery on Gabriola could start a new line - Graham?)
This is a carved watermelon on the Christmas Eve buffet in Kuala Lumpur. Fruit and vegetable carving is a major art form in this part of the world and Jim has bought all the necessary tools - all he needs now is ten years practice.
Today we leave Bangkok for another beach holiday. We are flying south to the balmy island of Koh Samui to top up our tans before heading to grey old Europe.