ChiengFa.com is the first domain I ever registered and put online, way back in 1997. I was living in Thailand at the time and wanted to mess around with this new Internet thing. “Chieng Fa” was a name I made up based on the norhtern Thai dialect. It more or less means “Sky City”, with the thought being it would be a sort of place in the imagination. I didn't have a firm idea of what I would do with the site, and indeed it has been a few different things over the years as the internet evolved.
By the turn of the millenium, the site had evolved into mostly a travel site, although there was still an ecclectic mix of book reviews, short fiction, and obervations on expat life. “Blogs” weren't really a thing yet, but that's an apt description of what the site was. In 2001 I decided to launch a more ‘serious’ travel site, and Asia for Visitors was born. Some of the early content for the new site was take from Chieng Fa.
Eventually I converted Chieng Fa into a proper blog using WordPress and used it for the more transitory travel information, such as first impressions, restaurant reviews, news, and the like. Around 2010 I decided to fold the blog into the Asia for Visitors site itself and ceased to use the Chieng Fa name at all. The domain was “parked”, as they say, at Asia for Visitors.
And that brings us to the end of 2016, when I decided to reactivate the domain for use as an experimental platform for various technologies.