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Coming Back to Kampot, Cambodia traveling
Coming Back to Kampot, Cambodia
(Apr 12-28, 2015) When my Vietnam visa expired, I defaulted back to Cambodia. But where in Cambodia? The first thing that came to mind was this quaint riverside town of Kampot near the Vietnam border where I once visited back in October 2014. I wonder what awaits this time...more »»

AO Show, Saigon traveling
AO Show, Saigon
(Apr 10, 2015) AO Show is more like a fusion of circus and a performance play on stage about the day-to-day local ongoings of a traditional fishing village in Vietnam. The play had a number of clever innovations, dramatic lighting, a powerful live musical scoring and a strong performance by the cast.....more »»

Teaching English verbatim
Free English
(Apr 1, 2015) After a 2-hour session teaching English to a Vietnamese professional, having established the teaching schedule to be 90 minutes everyday for the next 2 weeks, my teaching assistant and translator told me something I didn't see coming....more »»

Teaching English to Vietnamese teaching
Teaching English to Vietnamese
(Apr 1, 2015) How to teach English to Vietnamese - dos and donts of teaching Vietnamese how to speak English....more »»

20 Days in Saigon traveling
20 Days in Saigon
(Mar 22 - Apr 12-28, 2015) With my Singapore visa expiring and no money left, I didn't know where to go. Like mana from heaven, I received a message from my Vietnamese friend saying, 'Come back to Saigon! You have a place here.' It was the proverbial parting of the Red Sea for me. I will be going back to Vietnam after being away for only 2 months....more »»

Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew people
Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew
September 16, 1923 - March 23, 2015
(Mar 23, 2015) What I find uncanny about the Philippines and Singapore is that at one point in time, not very long ago, they were on the same level - social unrest, decaying infrastructure, widespread corruption, high unemployment and sluggish economic growth. The great disparity between these 2 countries only underscore what a strong, dedicated and HONEST leadership can do to move a country forward. In the 30 days I stayed in Singapore, I witnessed and experienced first hand the prosperity and success of Singapore. I cannot help but speculate that with able leadership, the Philippines could have been this. Lee Kuan Yew proved that it is humanly possible to achieve this in one generation....more »»

Life Hacking in Singapore traveling
Life Hacking in Singapore
(Mar 22, 2015) With very little money left from the 6 months of backpacking Southeast Asia, I found myself in the most expensive country in the region where I will be spending the next 30 days. If I had to use my cash for all the things I need, I'd go in the red in a few day's time. I had to think like a human Swiss Army knife, putting out all life skills in my arsenal, mustering all the sinew needed to survive on my wits, my abilities and instinct....more »»

Exploring More of Singapore traveling
Exploring More of Singapore
(Feb 21 - Mar 22, 2015) Singapore has so much to offer to the passing traveler. With its efficient and comfortable transport system, getting around is a breeze - Universal Studios, Sentosa, Arab Street with its Middle Eastern cultural offering, Little India, Chinatown, the Stadium, Bugis area, Orchard Street, etc. Indeed, there is no bad seat in Singapore. Every direction you take brings you to an unexpected and surprising place....more »»

Power Yoga Class at Yoga Inc., Singapore yoga
Power Yoga Class at Yoga Inc., Singapore
(Mar 21, 2015) I had a chance to conduct a yoga class in Singapore. The yoga studio owner said, 'At this point you already know they like it hard even for our regular class. So if we have to call your class POWER YOGA, you have to kill them. The expectation is high'. That statement changed everything....more »»

Touring Marina Bay Sands traveling
Touring Marina Bay Sands
(Mar 17, 2015) Marina Bay Sands isn't just a hotel, even though it's the 2nd most expensive building constructed at US$5.5B. Marina Bay Sands has become the identifying landmark for Singapore in the same way the Eiffel Tower is for Paris and the Petronas Twin Towers is for Kuala Lumpur. Touring the hotel and its surrounding area is almost like a walk on the city's citadel....more »»

The Singapore Magic traveling
The Singapore Magic
(Mar 16, 2015) Singapore has accomplished so much in so little time. From decaying infrastructure, social unrest, housing crisis and sluggish economy after the war, it now ranks #3 in global GDP/capita next only to Qatar and Luxemburg. We're only talking 60 years. America took 200 years. Europe took a millennium. What's the magic?....more »»

Singapore Yoga at Yoga Inc. yoga
Singapore Yoga at Yoga Inc.
(Mar 8, 2015) After 6 months of traveling Southeast Asia, I finally found a yoga oasis in Singapore I could call home. With my almost daily practice, I feel my fitness and strength coming back. At Yoga Inc., the teachers are competent, the facilities are first rate and the teaching styles are refreshingly different from the ones I've become used to.....more »»

Singapore on a Shoe String traveling
Singapore on a Shoe String
(Feb 20, 2015) Having explored Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and Malaysia on my way south, the only country remaining is Singapore - reputed to be the most expensive city in Southeast Asia and the 4th in the world (Forbes). Backpacker forums summarize Singapore this way: Don't even think about it! This sent chills up my spine, specially with my dwindling cash with nothing on the horizon. I had to think many times. Do I cave in and go back to Thailand for $1 meals and $5 dorm beds?...more »»

The Kuala Lumpur Experience traveling
The Kuala Lumpur Experience
(Jan 21 - Feb 20, 2015) Even though my near-perfect 30-day stay in Kuala Lumpur was marred by a failed police-extortion attempt, everything else was wonderful. I was impressed by their urban infrastructure, I was amazed by their multi-culturalism, I was at ease with their command of English, and overall, I really felt the hard work the tourism people put into their jobs....more »»

Police Harassment in Kuala Lumpur traveling
Police Harassment in Kuala Lumpur
(Feb 17, 2015) I was walking along the dark section of Lorong Bandar 22 near Jalan Sultan in Chinatown at around 8:30pm when 5 men surrounded me and told me they were the police and demanded that I give them my passport....more »»

Visiting Batu Caves of Kuala Lumpur caving
Visiting Batu Caves of Kuala Lumpur
(Feb 18, 2015) Batu Caves is a majestic limestone outcropping just north of Kuala Lumpur and the pilgrimage site by the Hindus who celebrate the annual festival of Thaipusam. The caves have a cathedral-like expanse with monuments of Hindu deities big enough to match it....more »»

Walking Tour of China Town, Kuala Lumpur traveling
Walking Tour of China Town, Kuala Lumpur
(Feb 5, 2015) Kuala Lumpur's China Town is one of the city's bustling districts with frenzied activities all day long - good cheap eats, China wares shopping, hotels, backpacker lodges, tourists, etc. Staying in this area for 16 days gave me a unique glimpse of this vibrant place....more »»

Breaking New Ground in Kuala Lumpur traveling
Breaking New Ground in Kuala Lumpur
(Jan 21, 2015) Having spent nearly 4 months in Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam, it was time to move on to new ground. Petronas Tower? Malaysia here I come! With a dwindling resource in an expensive metropolis, I was both excited and apprehensive.....more »»





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