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Saturday, 25 September 2010


A piece of my travel-writing appears in Sina Sana (MPH Publishing) to be released in March 2011:

(The following text is taken from Eric Forbes' excellent blog: The Book Addict's Guide to Good Books by Eric Forbes)

Travels in Malaysia
Edited by Tom Sykes & Tan May Lee

From ethereal beaches to misty mountaintops, Malaysia is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations. Every year, over twenty million visitors flock to Malaysia and are inspired by its immense diversity of cultures, traditions, species and terrains.

This anthology comprises stories of humour and adventure and danger, packed with sharp observations and poetic insights. Sini sana is Malay for ‘Here and there’. There are scary encounters with trees that seem to come alive, comic turns by a herd of elephants, and a child possessed by a Hindu god. Man battles nature, fending off octopi and mischievous monkeys. There is the possibility of romance on an island idyll and finding enlightenment on an ancient lake. Foreign visitors suffer culture shock as do Malaysian urbanites when they travel to the rougher, more boondocky parts of the country. These are stories of islands, jungles, shopping malls and exotic fruit. They speak of the rich textures and nuances of the past that have shaped the vibrancy of the present.

Here you will find the very best travel writing about Malaysia from twelve emerging voices, from British backpackers and Irish, Indian and Canadian expats to Malaysian travellers on road trips and backwater excursions. All of them come together with the most gripping first-person accounts to evoke the experience of being in Malaysia.

CONTRIBUTORS Robert M. Bradley, Sarah Cheverton, Damyanti Biswas, Lee Eeleen, Lee Yu Kit, Jason Moriarty, Subashini Navaratnam, Jennifer Stephen, Polly Szantor, Marc White, F.D. Zainal, Zhang Su Li
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Sunday, 19 September 2010

On E-Books

I never wanted to jump into this debate, but after recently handling a Kindle and an Ipad I will say the following:

1) Paper books never run out of batteries and are (after a few hours of drying under a fan) to some extent water-resistant.

2) Note to developers: improve the interface! Every time I read an e-book I have to resist the urge to edit and proofread the text.

3) Are these devices really more eco-friendly? Being made out of non-biodegradable plastic?

4)"Woo-hoo! 2000 books to take on vacation/ business trip!" Errm, really? How *long* is your vacation/ trip? You'll spend most of it jetlagged and passed out. Want to read an e-book while lying on the beach? See 1)
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Thursday, 2 September 2010

Haiku BlogFest

A hot sauce or mild relish
Hard to know before
Lips touch edge of spoon

Here's the link to
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