Monthly Archives: September 2017
The Sarkies brothers were a group of brothers of Armenian ethnicity, born in Isfahan, Iran and best known for founding a chain of luxury hotels throughout Southeast Asia. These include the Raffles in Singapore, the Strand in Rangoon, the Oriental … Continue reading
Was in Penang last week and came across this little roadside “cafe”: Toast is done the old-fashioned way, on a grill above coals in a stove: Now, the fellow doing the toasting, patiently waits for the toast to be ready, … Continue reading
There’s something about Moretti pipes! Here’s one that just came in; its almost 10 inches long and what a beautiful masterpiece it is!
It’s been a long time, but I still have nightmares from that hospital room. I still hear the humming of the machines. I still smell the antiseptic. Why was her life so short? Years after J was gone, whenever I … Continue reading
In a newspaper headline stating that “PR firm Bell Pottinger Asia mulls over name change after crisis hits UK parent” Bell Pottinger Asia Chief Executive, commenting on a crisis that has engulfed its British parent over a campaign in South … Continue reading
Singapore is in the throes of change. MRT stations and many other places where monetary transactions take place – including at hawker centers – are going cashless, food courts deploy robots, robots fry our rice, parking coupons will soon belong … Continue reading
My addiction to Moretti pipes continues unabated. Here are my latest acquisitions:
Sir David Tang was chairman of the Pacific Cigar Company Limited, the exclusive Cuban cigar distributor for the Asia Pacific region. He walked with royalty, and cavorted with stars, yet he made me, a nobody, felt like a somebody.
In mid August, I was attending a three-day training workshop at the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine when suddenly a loud sound – like a foghorn – came from where some of the admin staff were sitting. I almost … Continue reading