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Travel for Aid: from Thailand to Cambodia Part 1

May 20, 2012 By: Marco Ferrarese Category: Asia, Cambodia, English, Thailand, Travels Visited: 1 Comment →

We continue transmitting the chronicles of Matteo Tricarico’s new biking trip from Asia to America…

(This is the hundredth chronicle of this journey. Planned while I was on the island of Phu Quoc in Vietnam in August 2009, it was supposed to last no longer than ten months! If I had followed the original plan, I would never have written 100 chronicles making my life so public. Thank you to you all, my readers. I apologize if I bored you or, if you enjoyed reading my travel stories, please continue to follow me, encouraging me to write more of them. I am sure that over the next two years we will have even more fun …)

On 17 February 2012 in the morning, with a day of delay from the timetable that was further elongated, Marta and I cycled heading north inland, moving away from ​​the Gulf of Siam. Just after the Elephant’s hills, we met another couple of cyclists from Australia who were going in the opposite direction and we stopped to chat with them exchanging some information about ourselves and the respective routes. This is a fundamental rule of a cycle-tourist good etiquette: always stop to chat and socialize with other fellow cyclists, with whom one shares the same passion for slow pace travelling; members of the same small club of bicycle wanderers literately treading every inch of the Earth. (more…)

Travel For Aid: Matteo is back on the road

May 11, 2012 By: Marco Ferrarese Category: Asia, Cambodia, English, Thailand, Travels Visited: No Comments →


We left Matteo Tricarico in Italy, after having completed the first part of his Travel For Aid odyssey across Asia into Europe…  Matteo is now back on the road, starting from Bangkok, Thailand, and trying to end up in North China before starting a new pan- American adventure… we are therefore happy to start publishing his chronicles once again!!

Although today is the 14th day since I started riding after the four-month stay in Italy (not the longest dwelling, I stayed in Nepal for five months!),  the feeling is that I never really stopped and this second stage of my travel is in fact just the continuation of the first one. During the Italian break, I was busy telling my experience to voluntary and cycling associations, schools, friends and perfect strangers who, thanks to the local media, knew all about me. I got used to be stopped in the street by people asking me the question “Are you the one who …?”. With very poor results, I also tried to find sponsorships and, despite the crisis, I was fortunate to meet Enzo Longo, owner of a bicycle company in Ostuni. He built a tailored made bicycle, personalized with my name, site of Travel For Aid and the writing “World Tour”. But I think that the greatest success of my dwelling in Italywas the recruitment of Dr. Marta Santoro, who became my travel companion for the first five weeks throughout Indochina. Marta, born in 1980, from my same hometown, studied as a chiropractor and worked in Englandfor ten years, where she covered hundreds of miles cycling. (more…)

Monkey on Tomvater.com

January 16, 2012 By: Marco Ferrarese Category: Asia, Asian Punk/Metal, Cambodia, English, Music, Thailand Visited: No Comments →

I am happy to announce that I made the headlines at Tom Vater‘s website… check the piece here.

I recently met Tom in Bangkok; he is a travel/guidebook and adventure writer based in Thailand (check out his guides to Cambodia and Angkor Wat out on excellent MOON Publishing), and also former guitarist of Bangkok garage punkers Pussy and the Learjets. In brief, the kind of person I consider a hero. (more…)

FREE Downloadable Asian Metal-Punk Compilation!!

June 13, 2011 By: Marco Ferrarese Category: Asian Punk/Metal, Cambodia, China, English, Google Keyword Horror, Opinions Visited: 2 Comments →


I am happy to announce the digital release of BRUTAL POKHARA’s first installment of extreme Asian music’s compilation… this collective based in the beautiful land of NEPAL has had the great idea of trying to collect a snapshot of what today’s extreme music scene has to offer in the greater Asian region… such a challenging task, I’d say, ended up with some non-Asian bands thrown into the blender for a balance.

Anyhow, if you are as curious as me to listen, and especially listen for FREE, to some unknown and hideous spew of Asian hostility, this is a great opportunity to start with. The beauty of this compilation lies in its (obvious) abundance of bands from the almost oblivious South Asian scenes;  countries such as Nepal, India, Pakistan (oh yeah) and Bangladesh are all represented, giving (at least to me) a first ever glance of extreme music crafted in such odd destinations for the average Western listener. (more…)

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