Why Should I Travel?
There's a part of me asking, in defiance of Montaigne, "Should I travel at all? Should I leave my home, really?" I'm pitting the Maharshi against Michel de Montaigne.
Bowing In, Bowing Out
I remember the scene because it reminded me of the preliminary rituals of the Indian arranged marriage.
Only a Prayer
They were Buddhist women both, defending Muslim custom in multiracial Malaysia.
A Sorry Episode at the KLCC
Could he be armed? I thought. He was not big, but he had youth and was wiry, and he had an energetic stride.
Not one revealed a hint of xenophobic resentment toward alien people arriving from all kinds of places to settle into a life of leisure in sea-facing homes. Nobody I met expressed envy at the class of accommodation the expatriates were investing in.
How Old Is He?
For eighty odd years the only times the old man’s hands have rested is one day each Chinese New Year.
Whiling Time Away in Convivial Kuala Lumpur
The movies. Morning walks in the KLCC park. Looking for vegan restaurants. Reading wherever I’ve found shade. That’s all I’ve done in KL through the year.
Celebrating My Birthday Solo, in Rainy KL
Evenings, I could see in the far distance the approaching rain, the dark clouds that had opened up, and were steadily closing in, shrinking the world.
A Very Short Trip to Korea
An account of a very short business trip to Panjo and Wonju in South Korea. We managed a quick side-trip to the Guryongsa Temple.
Singapore: A Walk in the Padang Area
I stay a distance from the monuments. This is work-hard-play-hard Singapore, and I need a moment to contextualise these sacrifices.