Monthly Archives: February 2010

More Pain

In this January 4 photo, Transportation Security Administration officer Robert Howard signals an airline passenger forward at a security check-point at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, in SeaTac, Washington. It looks as if he’s about to do an anal probe on passengers! It’s … Continue reading

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Disappointments

Me: My aircond has conked out. The heat’s unbearable – I think I’ll check into a hotel. The other person: Oh, how bout bunking in at my place? The conversation never happened. Rather, the other person did not ask “Oh, … Continue reading

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Goodbye Mr Francis!

I must have read every single one of Dick Francis’ over 40 books. Born Richard Stanley Francis in1920, the retired champion jockey’s books have kept me entertained and thrilled since my younger days. He passed away on Valentine’s Day, at … Continue reading

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Reclusive Authors

JD (Jerome David) Salinger was born in New York on January 1, 1919, son of a Scot-Irish Protestant mother and a food-importing father who was the son of a rabbi. In 1951, his Catcher in the Rye was published. Breaking … Continue reading

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Rabbit in the Year of the Tiger

The one thing I do like about Chinese New Year is the Pai Chia fish. Today is the second day of the Chinese New Year. Every year, on the second day of Chinese New Year I would rush to the … Continue reading

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A Non-Event: Me Love You Long Time

Today is Valentine’s Day. Dear, I hope you like this picture I snapped of a sculpture I came across in Hanoi recently. It reminded me of us. Dear, I thought of getting you a large diamond but then you wouldn’t … Continue reading

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Ching Chong New Year

Today is the first day of Chinese New Year. (By the way due to some stupid reason – probably at the behest of the authorities – the local press never refers to it as Chinese New Year, but “Lunar New … Continue reading

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The Enchanting String

The dan bau or monocord is a single-string instrument unique to Vietnam. By using his left hand to tweak the string’s tension, the musician, using a plectrum in his right hand, can produce a remarkable range of tones and effects … Continue reading

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The Thang Long Puppeteers

Roi nuoc or water puppetry is said to have originated in the Red River Delta. Hiding behind the stage, puppeteers stand waist deep in water and maneuver their wooden charges to the music of traditional orchestra. Special effects, including fire-breathing … Continue reading

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The Great Halong Bay Ripoff

Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the magnificent Halong Bay is spread across a 580 sq mile areas, with more than 2000 pinnacle-shaped limestone and dolomite outcrops scattered across it. According to legend, the bay was formed when a gigantic … Continue reading

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