Monthly Archives: May 2019

Known Knowns, Known Unknows and Unknown Unknowns

When Damai Beach resort first opened in Santubong Sarawak, the management thought that finding labor wouldn’t be a problem. The natives, like the Ibans, they figured, would eagerly grab the job opportunities. But management hit a brick wall. What was … Continue reading

Posted in The Good, the Bad & the Ugly | Comments Off on Known Knowns, Known Unknows and Unknown Unknowns

Pipes by Jerry Zenn of Taiwan

Jerry Zenn from Taiwan used to be a Volvo mechanic before he started to make pipes full time. Click here. Using the best quality briar from Corsica, France, Italy, Greece and Spain and specially-cultivated bamboo from various parts of Asia, … Continue reading

Posted in Thank You for Smoking | Comments Off on Pipes by Jerry Zenn of Taiwan

I Am Emoji-free

SMS language, textspeak or texting language is the abbreviated language and slang commonly used with mobile phone text messaging. Such language is usually accompanied by emojis or emoticons. The word “emoji” is from the Japanese e, “picture,” and moji, “character.” … Continue reading

Posted in The Reader | Comments Off on I Am Emoji-free

Mother’s Day 2019

In my very first year of formal schooling (that would have been in the early 60’s) my mother would peel grapes, remove their seeds, and chill them in the refrigerator. At recess, she’ll be at the school tuckshop, waiting for … Continue reading

Posted in Places in the Heart | Comments Off on Mother’s Day 2019

Tom Richard Pipes for Collectors in Singapore

Thomas Richard Mehret is the architect behind Tom Richard Pipes. Tom hails from northern Germany, close to Denmark, the pipe mecca of the world. He often jokingly refers to his pipes as “Danish border handmade pipes.” It was Poul Winslow … Continue reading

Posted in Thank You for Smoking | Comments Off on Tom Richard Pipes for Collectors in Singapore

Tobacco Pipes for Serious Collectors in Singapore

The pipes handcrafted by Marco Biagini of Moretti pipes of Italy are now available in Singapore from DrMikePipes. Here is a pipe made by Marco from the wood of a 13th century red wine barrel cask; if you sniff the … Continue reading

Posted in Thank You for Smoking | Comments Off on Tobacco Pipes for Serious Collectors in Singapore