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Willard Losinger, World Traveler

Willard C. Losinger, World Traveler

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Click Here for Tonga See pictures of South Pacific Kingdom of Tonga, where I lived from 1984-1986. Included are scenes from Tongatapu (which includes the capital city, Nuku'alofa), 'Eua, the Ha'apia Island Group, Vava'u, and the distant islands of Niuafo'ou and Niuatoputapu.
Click Here for Samoa See pictures of Western Samoa (now simply known as Samoa) and American Samoa, which I visited during 1985. Included are scenes from the islands of Upolu (where Apia, the capital city is situated), Savai'i, and Tutuila (wherein lies Pago Pago, the capital of American Samoa).
Click Here for Singapore I visited the city-state of Singapore at Christmas time in 1986. Singaporeans seem to love to work, and to love spending their money shopping. The place is loaded with shopping centers. It is also a very clean city, and very cosmopolitan. Chinese, Indian, and Malay Singaporeans live together in harmony.
Click Here for Malaysia During January of 1987, I spent about a week in Malaysia, and took in some of the sights in and around the capital city, Kuala Lumpur. The Batu Cave temple, dedicated to Lord Murugan, is one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside India.
Click Here for Thailand Thailand is quite an exciting country to visit, with a lot to see and do. Thailand is a Buddhist nation, with temples galore. There are beaches in the South, hill tribes in the North (where opium poppies are cultivated), and a variety of old ruins in various parts of the country.
Click Here for Burma Burma (a.k.a. Myanmar) is an amazing country to visit. In 1987, one could only obtain a one-week tourist visa, and there is quite a lot to see in that one week. I visited Rangoon, then the capital, with its Shwedagon Pagoda, which is one of the true wonders of the world. And, Pagan, famous for its many old temples and ruins.
Click Here for Hong Kong and Macau In 1987, hustling and bustling Hong Kong (where accumulating money is a great passion) was still a British colony, and tiny Macau (consisting of a small peninsula and two islands connected by causeways, and known primarily for its gambling industry) was still a Portuguese colony.
Click Here for China China was a fascinating country to visit during 1987, and had only recently opened itself to outside visitors. The massive industrialization hadn't yet taken off--the air was still safe to breath. And, there wasn't a lot in the way of decadent, bourgeois accomodations (Canton's White Swan Hotel being quite new). A lot of people rode bicycles. I visited Canton (now usually called Guangzhou), and the extremely scenic areas of Yangshuo and Guilin.
Click Here for Taiwan I worked as an English teacher in Taipei during the summer of 1987. Taipei is quite crowded and bustling, and, in 1987, the air was rather polluted, as the country was undergoing rapid development and industrialization. Taiwan does have some interesting temples and some scenic mountain areas.
Click Here for Korea Korea is a delightful country with a lot of beautiful, scenic mountains, fascinating temples, pulchritudinous palaces, and enthralling historic sites.
Click Here for Japan Japan is a beautiful country, with plenty of gorgeous scenery. If you have a layover at the Narita Airport, the Naritasan Temple is close by and well worth a visit.
Click Here for the Philippines The Philippines is somewhat unique in Asia due to its centuries of Spanish and American colonial influence. Most people are Roman Catholic. The Philippines has beaches, and the rice terraces of Banaue are well worth a visit.

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