For a couple weeks in 2017 I was in the Netherlands, neither a tourist nor just in town for meetings. I had the opportunity to switch offices, and work with colleagues there for a...
Category: Where in blazes was Teja?
There are many ways you can slice and dice the world. ‘Geography’ sounds like it ought to be a precise subject, but it is not.
I learned about our world through science, human history, sociology, politics, as well as literature – whether written or coded in culture. So in my head, I do not always classify stories using its present day country boundaries.
Sometimes it is the ecological boundaries that matter. For instance, ‘Atacama desert’ is its own geography, despite being classed under ‘Chile’. The people who have their ethnic history grown from there, are distinct for it. Similarly, sometimes it is the language boundaries that matter, or a common religious history. And sometimes, it is the country boundaries of hundreds of years ago, that matter.
Today’s national boundaries are often too young, and too superficial, to be relevant to a story.
Indeed, most of us living in a state government paradigm – especially the urbanites – can’t imagine a world where this demarcation did not exist.
But, rural areas at the edges of administration still can. In many places of the world they still live in the rhythms of life passed down from thousands of years ago, governed mainly by the limits set by nature and not man. What does it matter to someone living in the jungles of Borneo, if he is crossing from ‘Malaysia’ to ‘Indonesia’ along the highland paths his ancestors crossed as part of his same jungle country?
I mean, do I need a visa or what
:) Ah, yes. Political entity. So you’d know which state governs the systems and logistics of the location.
Yes. So I categorise the content on this webpage by ‘country’ – as in, political entities.
I always assumed that the hill is called ‘Bukit Nanas’ because there used to be pineapples planted on the slopes (nanas = pineapple). That’s what KL Forest Eco Park was known as, you know,...
If you’ve somehow run out of things to do in KL, you can pop across into the adjacent Malaysian state of Selangor. Bukit Gasing (or Gasing Hill) in Petaling Jaya is a rare bit...
Travel Sustainably is a Teja on the Horizon article series reviewing my efforts to travel more responsibly. This edition reviews new things I tried when I travelled to INDIA – whether by pre-planning, or from...