Judging a book by its cover

May 22nd 2012 Dear reader, B&W or Colour? One thing that has completely blindsided me is the importance of the book’s cover. Who knew? I thought that once the manuscript is done, I could put my legs up. Oh no. I’ve spent countless hours over the past few weeks talking about the cover, driving to Malaysia with bicycle to take new photographs, etc etc. Anyway, … Continue reading Judging a book by its cover

The early days, 2003-04

The early days were filled with mixed emotions. On the one hand, Sumana and I were terribly excited to be embarking on this bicycle journey across Malaysia. On the other hand, there were a fair number of people who thought we were wasting a summer that might have been spent more productively on a more “normal” internship. But there was certainly lots of raw energy. … Continue reading The early days, 2003-04

Dinner with a Bersih Boy

April 28th 2012, Kuala Lumpur If you want to eat at Sek Yuen, go after a Bersih rally. Smack in the middle of KL, Sek Yuen is an old-school Cantonese joint: wooden Chinese coffeshop chairs; yellowed plastic ceiling fans, silver standing fans, so old their blades look like WWII propellers; square metal grills over the windows; black and white photographs on the walls; and, of … Continue reading Dinner with a Bersih Boy