Tales of Asia I – Malacca and Manila, Sunday, 18 Oct, 2 – 3 pm, Woodlands Regional Library

1 - Malacca and Manila ImagePart I of Tales of Asia – my series of talks on port cities in Southeast Asia – features Malacca and Manila, mediaeval walled cities built in the 16th century by the Portuguese and the Spanish respectively.

Join me as we explore the cities’ rise and fall, and uncover traces of the Portuguese and Spanish heritage that still remain today.  In particular, we…

  • Trace the path of the former walls of the Fortaleza de Malacca, and understand the colonial history of the city through one remaining portion of the wall – La Porta de Santiago.
  • Visit the Portuguese Settlement in Melaka today to explore Kristang food and culture.
  • Retrace the journey of the fabled Manila Galleon across the Pacific from Manila to Acapulco
  • Revisit the walled city of Manila at the height of its splendour, in the 1700s and 1800s.
  • Understand the unique mestizo architecture – the bahay na bato – that developed due to the adaptation of Spanish colonial styles to the tropics

…amongst other things.

Map of Intramuros, 1917. Private Collection.

Map of Intramuros, 1917. Private Collection.

Tales of Asia – Public Talks in Singapore, 18 Oct – 14 Nov 2015

Screen Shot 2015-10-07 at 6.31.20 pmFor those of you who are in Singapore, join me in October and November for a series of 5 weekend public talks, featuring histories and images from The Romance of the Grand Tour.

Tales of Asia takes the armchair time-traveller back in time to the East Indies – what we know as Southeast Asia today. Over the course of 5 talks, we visit 10 historic port cities in the region.  In each city, we journey back through time to the 1500s – 1800s, and back again to the present day to hunt down traces of the past that remain in the cities today.

The talks will be visually rich – featuring archival images, maps, prints, as well as contemporary photography. We shall explore castles and forts, rivers and canals, city streets, and the often strange, hybrid architecture and cultures that evolved in these cities where the East and the West met.

Here are the dates, times and venues for the talks.  No registration is required. Just come and be ready for an hour of travel, wonder and nostalgia!

Screen Shot 2015-10-07 at 6.57.56 pmMore details on each talk shall be posted here on The Romance of the Grand Tour each week.  The Romance of the Grand Tour – 100 Years of Travel in Southeast Asia shall also be available for purchase at selected talks.

[The Romance of the Grand Tour – 100 Years of Travel in Southeast Asia is available now at all major bookstores in Singapore, Southeast Asia, Hong Kong and London. Find it also at http://www.amazon.co.uk, http://www.amazon.com, http://www.waterstones.com and http://www.bookdepository.com.]