Singaporeans Like Us, They Really Like Us (Well Our Food at Least)

A hat tip to Sally Fields for the title: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rl_NpdAy3WY I was reminded of this when we went to a Shake Shack restaurant for dinner tonight in Singapore. There was a line to get in, and no seats available for sitting (fortunately, a few seats opened up right before we got our food so we … Continue reading Singaporeans Like Us, They Really Like Us (Well Our Food at Least)

Dear Fellow Vegans: I’m Sorry

I've been a committed vegan for the past 13 years, and I've written a few blog posts about why I made such a choice. During those 13 years, I could probably count on just one hand the number of times I may have slipped up and purposely eaten something that was not vegan. Such slip-ups … Continue reading Dear Fellow Vegans: I’m Sorry

Paranoia Strikes Deep

Into Your Life It Will Creep... It's one of the great lines from the classic song For What It's Worth by Buffalo Springfield. And until yesterday, that's all it was, a line from a song. But I guess subconsciously all this talk about the coronavirus finally got to me. We were sitting around our apartment … Continue reading Paranoia Strikes Deep

Writing from the Heart

A few years ago I wrote a post about our youngest son Pat, after he had received an award from the¬†Williams Syndrome Association. It was a proud day for all of us, and in the years since, Pat has only added to the places he's traveled to, the friends he has made, the concerts he … Continue reading Writing from the Heart

Accounting Test More Stressful Than Coronavirus?

I am currently teaching a group of students from Villanova who are studying abroad in Singapore. One of the best parts of studying abroad for students (OK, and me too) seems to be using their long weekends to travel to surrounding countries. So far, the students have taken trips to Bali, Taiwan, and Malaysia, and … Continue reading Accounting Test More Stressful Than Coronavirus?

Music Monday: I Love This Wonderful Thai Tradition

We didn't know what was going on. We were having dinner this past Friday night in Bangkok at the Iconsiam Mall (side note - the most amazing mall I have ever seen) when many people around us all stood up and stopped talking. As a result, we could more clearly hear the music that was … Continue reading Music Monday: I Love This Wonderful Thai Tradition

A Tuk Tuk Here, and a Tuk Tuk There, Here a Tuk, There a Tuk, Everywhere a Tuk Tuk

It's been our favorite form of transportation in Bangkok, the simple Tuk Tuk. When my sons came back from Thailand a few years ago, they talked about using tuk-tuks to get around. I wasn't really sure what they were, but I pictured some guy either standing in front of a two-seat contraption either pulling them … Continue reading A Tuk Tuk Here, and a Tuk Tuk There, Here a Tuk, There a Tuk, Everywhere a Tuk Tuk

You Can Buy Any Color Car You Want, Just Make Sure It’s White

"Any customer can have a car painted any color that he wants so long as it is black." That's a quote from Henry Ford, back in 1909. The reason for such a policy was the belief that having only one color would lead to production efficiencies which would lead to lower costs of production, which … Continue reading You Can Buy Any Color Car You Want, Just Make Sure It’s White

It Took 62 Years, but I Am Finally Experiencing “Real” Foreign Travel

I've been lucky to get to do some traveling outside the U.S. over the years, but I realized today it was pretty "safe" traveling. I've been to Ireland, London, Amsterdam, Edinburgh, Paris, and Barcelona. It doesn't take long to notice what all those places have in common - they're all in Europe. Which means that … Continue reading It Took 62 Years, but I Am Finally Experiencing “Real” Foreign Travel

Who Knew a Government Could Produce Such a Powerful and Emotional Video?

I've got to thank my wife for sending me this video; she knows I'm a fan of commercials and other short-length videos. And this one is special. The video comes from a surprising source, at least to me -¬† the Singaporean government. I'm not sure how long they have been making videos or how many … Continue reading Who Knew a Government Could Produce Such a Powerful and Emotional Video?