Saturday Sunset on Singapore.

Saturday Sunset on Singapore.

Returning home from Jakarta, I came to work with a nice birthday present from my team waiting for me. (And they are very, very honest.)

Returning home from Jakarta, I came to work with a nice birthday present from my team waiting for me. (And they are very, very honest.)

Many of Jakarta’s roads are lined with greens. Lots of greens. And not the superficially landscaped type.

Many of Jakarta’s roads are lined with greens. Lots of greens. And not the superficially landscaped type.

Crispy mallard French duck leg confit. Deliciously deadly.(At Cassis, one of the finer restaurants in Jakarta’s old CBD.)

Crispy mallard French duck leg confit. Deliciously deadly.
(At Cassis, one of the finer restaurants in Jakarta’s old CBD.)

Keep flying, MH…

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Boarding my Malaysia Airlines flight in Manila today was a bit of a somber moment. I managed to contain the urge to take and post photos of the parked MH aircraft and joke about ‘disappearing’ or ‘getting shot down by terrorists’—in reference to the still-missing MH370 and the blown MH17 earlier this year—mainly because deep inside me I was a bit worried myself.

Everyone in Jakarta asks if I’m Malaysian. One even said I’m too dark for a Filipino…
The Good Mike
Does the moonlight shine in…Hong Kong?(The usual skyline shot from Victoria Peak)

Does the moonlight shine in…Hong Kong?
(The usual skyline shot from Victoria Peak)

Jakarta skyline, pre-dusk. View from Ambhara Hotel.

Jakarta skyline, pre-dusk. View from Ambhara Hotel.

She Has Risen

In any conflict situation, there are likely only two sides to a woman facing or rising from it: the victim and the aid worker—and neither have as much safety nets. The long struggle for gender equality and sensitivity to women’s needs have had its ups in recent years but as peacebuilding and rehabilitation works go full swing, the one question that magnifies the uncertainty on the ground remains: how to sustain women’s participation, safety and empowerment beyond the long journey of rehabilitation?

Melbourne: one soulful character

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There are cities best seen from a double-decker bus, or through the glass panels of a cable car, or from an over-priced gondola; and there are cities best seen by allowing it to open up right before your own eyes. Melbourne is the latter. As Australia’s centre of style and the arts, Melbourne exudes an eccentric quirk that naturally brings to mind the traits of an artist: hip, creative, bold—but equally unperturbed about the whole idea, a character more capable to pique one’s interest to come closer.

Birthday goodies from the most fun place on earth: classic Polish films.

Birthday goodies from the most fun place on earth: classic Polish films.

Theme parks can snap a clear picture of you on a rollercoaster at 70mph, but bank cameras can’t get a clear shot of a robber standing still.
Jesse Highley - in one of the millions of his mostly funny, eye-opening, skull-scratching and nerve-striking reality checks and humour. Bloody brilliant point, all the time.

The SEP-OCT issue of the magazine tackles the opportunities for post-rehabilitation and community development for women in Asia, the potentials of a digital technology-driven development strategy, and an exclusive interview with the founder of Grameen Foundation.

The Good Birthday

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Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. —Margaret Mead

[traditional feminist] campaigns portray the feminist cause as “man-hating. By involving both genders in the ‘HeForShe’ campaign, Emma Watson hopes to abolish the “us vs. them” mentality.

Emma Watson delivers game-changing feminism speech at the UN


Feature and the full video clip of Watson’s speech here: http://www.vanityfair.com/vf-hollywood/2014/09/emma-watson-un-speech-feminism?mbid=social_twitter