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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
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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.
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