In a New York Week

The NYC in my imagination is a combination of 1984’s Ghostbusters and Sex in the City.  I imagine litter strewn streets, bumper-to-bumper traffic, cabbies honking, people yelling, and high-fashion women in uncomfortably stylish heels.  It was none of that.  Well, almost. The subways were clean and easy to use.  People were surprisingly friendly and casually dressed.  Traffic wasn’t all that busy and and even when … Continue reading In a New York Week


Two hours from KL is the coastal city of Malacca – and a lovely day trip.  Our return bus tickets cost about 27 RM ($8 CAD) Malacca has changed many hands from Portuguese, to Dutch, then British, Japanese, and finally Malaysian.  The town has a distinctly European feel to it with Portuguese egg tarts.  We arrived just in time for a splendid lunch of a … Continue reading Malacca

Porn is Blessed (and other Thai names)

Thai people have a first name and a last name (which is new as of the early 20th century), but they usually go by an unrelated nickname.  The nickname is given to them at birth by their parents and is most often a monosyllabic Thai noun or English noun, but it can be pretty much anything that the parents choose. Common girls’ names that are … Continue reading Porn is Blessed (and other Thai names)