Category Archives: Places in the Heart

12,045 days Together

Yup, 33 years together. My wife has the patience of a saint. Only God is able to adequately reward her. So, I’ll just stand aside and let God do his job.

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The E & O Hotel, Penang

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

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Promoted

Today, I officially became a senior citizen. Oh no!!!

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Happy New Year of the Rooster

Today is the first day of the Chinese New Year of the Rooster – my year – so look out for this fighting cock!

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Happy New Year!

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To and From Russia, with Love!

Last month, youngest son, wife and I flew to Russia. Youngest son is a history buff as well as an avid fan of historical Russia and the Soviet Union, and was once even featured in the local press for his … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Our 51st

Yesterday was National Day, our 51st. For me it was a time for reflection. What has our beloved country done to us? It has dropped us like a hot potato the moment we turned 40; preferring to hire young punks … Continue reading

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How a Taxi Driver Made My Day

Last Friday I took a SMRT cab (number SHF 24E, driven by a Mr Goh) from JCube to Ngee Ann City in what turned out to be a most joyous experience. Mr Goh was playing erhu music on his sound … Continue reading

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Tiger’s Nest

For once I am at a loss for words. You have to experience Bhutan to know it for yourself. No picture can do it justice. The beautiful mountainous Himalayan kingdom is truly a Shangri-La. (Television didn’t arrive till 1999.) There … Continue reading

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The King who Meant Business

In this day and age, can you find a king who will personally lead his army to war? Well, the 4th King of Bhutan, Jigme Singye Wangchuck – affectionately known as the Druk Gyalpo – did in 2003. Indian rebels … Continue reading

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