Art Deco, originally called Art Moderne, was a style of design extremely popular in the 1920s and 1930s. It was as if the end of World War I reminded people … Continue reading Art Deco in Los Angeles
Historical Fun Facts About Los Angeles: Frank Lloyd Wright
Step 1 of moving to Los Angeles: learn stuff about Los Angeles. Step 2: commit said “stuff” to memory so that you are equipped with “fun fact” information with which … Continue reading Historical Fun Facts About Los Angeles: Frank Lloyd Wright
Vietnam: North Versus South, the Oldest Rivalry in the Books
North Korea, South Korea, the American Civil War, if you Google, “North/South Rivalries” the first links you get are, “Australian Regional Divides,” “North-South Divide – England,” and “Why is there … Continue reading Vietnam: North Versus South, the Oldest Rivalry in the Books
Angkor Wat and the Power of Angelina Jolie
At one point, Angkor, the capital city of the Khmer Empire (possibly the biggest of the day), housed over a million people. Anglor Wat, the city’s famous temple was built … Continue reading Angkor Wat and the Power of Angelina Jolie
The Land of Millions of Bombs
The history of Laos is sad. It was a French colony from 1893 until the Japanese grabbed it (temporarily during WW2). But the French never did anything with it – sure, … Continue reading The Land of Millions of Bombs
A Modern Telling of the History of Singapore: Kids Edition
There once was a colonial power named Britain.
They had fish, they had chips, and they had a lot of ships.
So, they sailed far and wide, no one could hide.
In the East they found spice; just a slice could save their dreary life.
However, there was competition for seas; the colonial powers were such busy bees.
And so, before an agreement was reached to go Dutch with the Dutch,
A man named Raffles who maybe liked waffles,
Proposed a new shore, named Singapore
Setting it up wasn’t much of a big chore,
And in 1819, she joined Her Majesty’s Team.
For about 130 years, there didn’t seem to be many tears,
And then there was a World War and the Japanese took Singapore.
Occupation wasn’t much fun, for anyone.
When the Allies defeated the Axis, the British knew it was time for take-backis.
But it was also 1945, and their Empire was about to take a dive.
In 1963 Singapore and Malaya formed Malaysia, but their union was a form of dysplasia.
In 1965, the divorce was finalized and Singapore was finally, realized.
Goodbye Fiji, It’s Been a Wananavu of a Time
Originally settled by the Austronesians and later by the Melanesians, Fiji was a British colony from 1874 to 1970. Apparently, the Empire left it alone for such a long time … Continue reading Goodbye Fiji, It’s Been a Wananavu of a Time
New Zealand: A Brief History
85Million years ago (I promise, this will be brief), New Zealand separated from Godwana and floated off on it’s lonesome. However, it wasn’t quite ready to stand on its own … Continue reading New Zealand: A Brief History