What I Did and What I Didn't

I’ve now been home for a week. I think I’m pretty well over my jet lag and so I thought it would be a good time to look back on this year’s trip to SE Asia and see how I’m feeling about it all. I wrote a blog the day before I left outlining all...

Books for Free, or Nearly

The news yesterday was that Britain is now officially in a “double dip” recession. We all knew times were bad. Isn’t it comforting, though, to know it is now official…..      The news for a long time now is that people are buying fewer books,...

Beautiful Things

I’m home. After nearly two months and thousands of miles, I’m back at my desk in my apartment overlooking the Thames. It feels good to be home, and I’m trying to stay calm and focused on all that I have learned and experienced during this trip to SE...

Talk Radio, Kuala Lumpur Style

Earlier this week, I taped a half hour interview with the host of Kuala Lumpur’s BFM 89.9 “The Bigger Picture,” Umapagan Ampikaipakan, and his producer, Lee Chwi Lynn.  I must admit, I’m becoming a bit of a ham. It’s such fun for me to...

CHAI House and Me

i Out several kilometres from the centre of Kuala Lumpur is a suburb called Petaling Jaya. In Petaling Jaya there is a house.  In the house there is the office for CHAI, the Cafe House of Art and Ideas. Next to the office is a room used for rehearsal space, workshops...