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Dubai - History and Culture

Dubai - ArabicI visited Dubai for a few days recently. The culture is an interesting mix of East, West, traditional and money.

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Athens to Dubai

athens-to-dubai-apr08After spending a few days in Greece, I headed back to Singapore via Dubai.

The route taken by Emirates avoids the worst trouble spots in the Middle East. As the sun set, there were strange lights on the aircraft wing.

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Athens

AthensGreece had a large influence on Western thought and methods of governance. Here’s some recollections from my recent visit to Athens.

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Lian Shan Shuang Lin Monastery, Singapore

This restored working monastery in Singapore is well worth a visit.

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Shirakawa - a top Japanese destination

Shirakawa village’s 300 year-old thatched houses are well worth a visit, if you are looking for authentic Japan.

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Bilingualism in politics

The problems of the US in the Middle East are exacerbated by the lack of Arabic speakers in all levels of government. Perhaps they should look at how Singapore has ensure bilingualism in politics.

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My Singapore Decade

This week marks 10 years in Singapore. Here are some reminiscences.

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Lies, damned lies and Bush’s press cronies

PBS’s Frontline provides an interesting glimpse into the way the press fell asleep at the wheel when Bush and friends tried to dupe the world.

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Sprocket at the Esplanade

The Sprocket was used in a street performance near the Esplanade in Singapore.

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Safety last

A taxi driver uses a trick to make it look like his safety belt is on, when it isn’t.

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