November 21, 2021
Muối tôm- Salt, chilli and shrimp dipping
Suddenly miss muối tôm. Shrimp, salt, chilli dipping used with raw mango or guava.
I saw a Vietnamese grocery shop, recalled all the little Vietnamese that I remembered trying to impress the people inside. But they turned out to be Burmese. Such a funny world. Nothing wasted, we had a chit cat about our Shan state, Chin state and other Northern lands.
November 15, 2021
This time any other year
Ordinarily, this time of the year, I am skipping Saigon, and heading to Hanoi. All I have is the little iPad, a keyboard and two change of clothes. It is cool - perfect walking all day, stopping occasionally at cafes, in Kim’s words “pouring our lives into words”.
Just switched to a mechanical keyboard and remembered all the walking and writing. Read Kim at https://kim-trinh.com
November 10, 2021
Anker’s happy or not happy card
Small things mostly: Sometimes It is not those big features in a product, but just a little bit of thoughtfulness.
October 25, 2021
A certain Malaysian city
You know you’re spending too much time on Apple stuff when you start spelling a certain Malaysian city as iPoh.
October 20, 2021
I saw a 170 bus and remembered a map I once made for a first time traveler from Singapore to Malaysia, hoping that she would not get lost. Now I hear, most of Penang is lost in her.
August 7, 2021
Favourite second-hand book stores in South East Asia
These shops are not just about books, but this is where I met many interesting people in these cities. Visiting these places on my travels often meant that I had to book extra luggage for my return flight, but it was always worth it.
The stores are
Dasa Books, Bangkok
D’s Books, Phnom Penh
Books of Awesome (BOA), Saigon