Tales of the Orient by Simon Ostheimer

Simon Ostheimer
Original travel stories about Asia by a British Hongkonger
Created 20 Jan 2020
  • Queen of the Desert
    13 Nov 2021 • 9 min read • 3 4
    Nicola Chilton is one of those rare breeds, a marcom turned writer. Mostly, traffic goes the other way. After years of trying to make a living from pitching stories to uninterested editors, writers of...
  • High Five
    06 Nov 2021 • 1 min read • 2 0
    This remains one of my all-time favorite interviews, and in some ways it must have been fate. I came across Roland’s photo book in a local bookstore and was just fascinated by this one image of a youn...
  • Hey Joe
    30 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read • 2 5
    You couldn’t really say that Joe Sidek put Penang on the map (that would be Francis Light way back in 1786), but it’d be fair to say that the Johor-born maestro has done more than most to put it front...
  • Top Chefs
    23 Oct 2021 • 5 min read • 2 2
    Jim Ophorst, Pru As the head chef at Pru, Dutchman Jim Ophorst is at the forefront at one of the most ambitious restaurant undertakings the island has ever seen. Arriving in Phuket, he came to open Se...
  • Meet the Author
    16 Oct 2021 • 1 min read • 2 2
    I’ve interviewed so many people since becoming a writer over 17 years ago, but rarely have I been interviewed myself. Recently, I had the pleasure of speaking with an old friend, Gary Bowerman, a fell...
  • The Man Who Built Cambodia
    09 Oct 2021 • 2 min read • 2 3
    Vann Molyvann, 1958 The Vann Molyvann Project records and preserves the iconic post-modern works of Cambodia’s most famous architect, Vann Molyvann. For a short, glorious period from the 1950s – when ...
  • Good Spirits
    02 Oct 2021 • 5 min read • 3 0
    Hmong girls playing the traditional pov pob courtship game American-raised Tara Gujadhur is co-director of the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre (TAEC). She arrived in Luang Prabang in 2006 to wor...
  • Turning the Tide
    25 Sep 2021 • 2 min read • 3 6
    Late 2012 saw the release of The Impossible, a tragic yet ultimately uplifting movie starring Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts that relived the events of the 2004 Asian Tsunami. It follows the true story...
  • A Life in Ruins
    18 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 2 3
    Paulo Bonini before and after giving up drinking Forgotten Temples Cambodia is the intriguing YouTube channel of Siem Reap-based Briton Paulo Bonini, who spends much of his spare time exploring the re...
  • Changing Faces
    11 Sep 2021 • 5 min read • 5 5
    Me, mum and brother in the grounds of Government House, 1987 They say there’s no place like home. What they don’t tell you, is that home never stays the same I grew up in Hong Kong. We moved from wint...
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