Beautiful Eye

Based on a True Story

Family Road Trip to the Cultural Triangle

On December 17, 1988 when school had just ended for the summer vacation, we decided to do a road trip of the Cultural Triangle.  This trip was quite risky as the LTTE has just bombed some buses close to the areas we would be visiting.  With my dad as the driver and my mom as the tour guide, my sister and I sat in the back seat and relaxed.  My mom did not want to miss this opportunity to see 1st century Buddhist temples.

Map of the Cultural Triangle

Map of the Cultural Triangle

The first stop on this trip was the Dambulla Cave Temple.

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My High School in Sri Lanka: Then and Now

Dulip and his Band Somewhere between 1988 and 1993

 

Since so many of my high school friends have gone back to Sri Lanka for a visit this year, I decided to post some then and now photos of our school. I graduated from the Overseas School Colombo in 1993. Here are some of the photos I took back then and on my most recent trip in November 2013 almost 20 years later.

My High School in Nov 2013

My High School in Nov 2013

Diantha and Robyn in the Cafeteria Somewhere Between 1988 and 1993

Diantha and Robyn in the Cafeteria Somewhere between 1988 and 1993

The Cafeteria in Nov 2013

The Cafeteria in Nov 2013

Myself Receiving 1st Place for Javelin Somewhere Between 1988 and 1993 on the Field

Me Receiving 1st Place for Javelin Somewhere between 1988 and 1993 on the Field

The Same Field in Nov 2013

The Same Field in Nov 2013

Theater in the Courtyard in 1993

Theater in the Courtyard in 1993

The Same Courtyard in Nov 2013.   Note the same tree is there

The Same Courtyard in Nov 2013.
Note the same tree is there

Michele, Robyn,

Michele and Robyn Playing Basketball Somewhere between 1988 and 1993

The Same Basketball Goal in Nov 2013

The Same Basketball Goal in Nov 2013

Watching a Sports Meet  Somewhere between 1988 and 1993

Watching a Sports Meet
Somewhere between 1988 and 1993

Nov 2014

Nov 2014

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Live on Korean Radio

I will be live on Korean radio on March 27 from 11:30am to 12pm Korea time to talk about my travels around the world as well as my first book Beautiful Eye. Please download the software at TBS eFM to listen in live from anywhere in the world! I look forward to your comments below.

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My Favorite High School Hangout: Back 20 Years Later

The Colombo Swimming Club was not only my favorite hangout, but was the hangout of many of my friends.  Every Friday afternoon at my school we would gather around and ask each other “where to tonight”?  It was always the same answer.  The Colombo Swimming Club of course.   The Colombo Swimming Club was our place to relax and get away from the parents.  We could drink a coke by the swimming pool and get burned in the sun.  Occasionally we would use the library but it was usually a hideaway for meeting that boy or girl.  The famous snooker table is still here where the “elders” would constantly get in trouble for smoking over the table.  It was so dark in here that you could sneak in a few kisses with that boy or girl. In the outdoor dinning area our favorite food was chips (french fries) with salt and vinegar.  We constantly had to swat the crows to keep them from eating our food.  Those were the days. DSC_0783 DSC_0779 DSC_0778 DSC_0773

Outdoor Dinning Area

Outdoor Dinning Area

The Main Building The Main Building

The Snooker Table

The Snooker Table

Stairway to the Guestrooms

Stairway to the Guestrooms

The Dinning Area

The Dinning Area

Entrance to the Club

Entrance to the Club

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New Badminton Court

New Badminton Court

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How Old is Sri Lanka?

If you had a chance to take my poll last week on How Old is Sri Lanka, then I am sure you are waiting for the correct answer.  The correct answer is #1.  According to my research, stone objects were found that dated back to 500,000 BC.  Please have a look at my presentation for more details.  I am looking forward to seeing many of you in Sri Lanka soon.

Growing up White in South Asia

Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

Sigiriya, Sri Lanka (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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Revised Itinerary for Bangkok, Sri Lanka, and Maldives

Day

Place

Areas to Cover

 

Day 1 ~ Day 5

 

Bangkok

·                 Palaces

·                 Temples

·                 Visit friends

Day 6

 

Colombo

·                 Arrive in Colombo

Day 7

 

 

Colombo

·                  Visit high school

·                  High School Reunion

Day 8

 

Colombo

·                  Visiting temples

·                  Visit Old Colombo

Day 9

 

Colombo

·                  Fashion show at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel

Day 10~Day 11

Southern beaches

·                  Mount Lavinia

·                  Bentota

·                  Galle

·                  Hanbantota

·                  Yala

·                  Hickaduwa

Day 12 ~ Day 17

 

Hill country

·                  Adam’s Peak

·                  Horton Plains

·                  Nuwara Eliya

·                  Uda National Park

Day 17 ~ Day 19

 

Kandy

·                  Kandy

·                  Elephant orphanage

·                  Sinharaja Forest

Day 19 ~ Day 24

 

Cultural Triangle

·                  Dambulla

·                  Polanarua

·                  Annaradnapura

Day 24 ~ Day 22

Colombo

·                  Transferring to the Maldives

Day 22 ~ Day 26

Maldives

·                  Maldives

Day 26 ~ Day 29

Colombo

·                  Back to Colombo to meet with journalists

 

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Where is Sri Lanka?

English: Location map of Sri Lanka. Equirectan...

English: Location map of Sri Lanka. Equirectangular projection. Strechted by 101.0%. Geographic limits of the map: N: 10.2° N S: 5.5° N W: 79.2° E E: 82.3° E Made with Natural Earth. Free vector and raster map data @ naturalearthdata.com. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Location of Sri Lanka.

Location of Sri Lanka. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Map of the Indian Ocean

Map of the Indian Ocean (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Location map for Sri Lanka.

Location map for Sri Lanka. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

An enlargeable topographic map of Sri Lanka

An enlargeable topographic map of Sri Lanka (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Lately I have discovered that not everyone knows where Sri Lanka is.  Sri Lanka is in south Asia and is located in the Indian Ocean just south of India.  Sri Lanka is also not part of India but is its own country.  Here are a few maps to help you get started on how you may want to fly there.  During the war it was nick named “Tear Drop” because of its shape and because it was “crying” from the war.  The war ended in 2009 so instead of “Tear Drop”, it is now “Beautiful Eye”.

 

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