On Anticipation

DSCN0019I’d like to say a few words on my experience of anticipation. The 48 hours leading up to my scheduled departure to Korea brought me very close to this complex feeling. I would soon start a new chapter in a new country with a new job. I left a position in banking and finance, a lucrative career I had invested 5 years into plus the years of my university education (both undergraduate and graduate). This was big. Continue reading

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Singapore and Batam

July 14, 2014

Singapore is super cool. This financial and shipping hub has everything a cosmopolitan city needs. It has history, culture, wealth, prosperity, and class. It has a sparkling surface and a seedy underbelly. As great as Toronto is, TO has nothing on Singapore. Continue reading

Cameron Highlands and Penang

July 7, 2014

One of the favourite weekend destinations of Malaysians is the cool air of Cameron Highlands. It’s named after the British surveyor that “discovered” this serene getaway around 130 years ago. The climate in this hill station is temperate and constant and the landscape is heavenly. Given the presence of the British, it may not be surprising that it wasn’t long before this area was transformed into a large highland tea plantation, with farming and production continuing to this day. Continue reading

Kuala Lumpur

June 24, 2014

The first thing that struck me about Kuala Lumpur was the humidity. And when I say struck me I mean it came down on me so hard and fast I could feel the weight and thickness of the air as I breathed, with my breathing becoming heavier with every breath. I was sweating just standing within a minute of stepping through the airport doors and waiting for the taxi to pull up. Temperature wise Dubai was hotter, but the humidity put KL on a different level. Continue reading

Northern Iraq and Erbil

Beykhal SpringsMay 30, 2014

It was refreshing to spend some time in the cooler mountain air and scenic beauty of Northern Iraq. Many Iraqis take summer holidays in the North or will go up for weekend family outings to one of the many resort villages or natural parks. Vacationers are also drawn to a relatively new Western import which can be found in the cities of the North like Erbil and Sleimaniya – the shopping mall. (Recently a small mall opened in Baghdad and another will be opening soon.) Continue reading