Category Archives: Places in the Heart

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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Thanks for the Memories

Goodbyes are often said with a tinge of sadness. After all, some partings are permanent. Friends who turn around and wave farewell are some of the people you will never meet again… Back in 1986, when Amazon was still a … Continue reading

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