On the Day of a Major European Football Match, Don’t Use a Car in Singapore or Taiwan

In a quirky published report from the BMJ, researchers found that days featuring high profile (popular) football matches in Europe were associated with more traffic accidents in Taiwan and Singapore than were days with lower profile football matches. Although football enjoys global popularity, most high profile games are played in Europe. The top five most-watched … Continue reading On the Day of a Major European Football Match, Don’t Use a Car in Singapore or Taiwan

To the People of SIngapore – Thank You!

It's our last day in Singapore, and to say we have loved it here would be a misunderestimate (hat tip to President Bush!) As we sat having our last teh and kaya toast at the corner cafe this morning, I reflected on all the wonderful people whose paths we have crossed that made this such … Continue reading To the People of SIngapore – Thank You!

You Can Tell When the End of Your Trip Is Near

My wife, son, and I have been blessed to spend the last ten weeks in Singapore as part of a teaching opportunity I had with a group of Villanova students. We go home this weekend, and we are trying to make the most of our last couple of days here by jamming in as much … Continue reading You Can Tell When the End of Your Trip Is Near

The Amazing Turkish Ice Cream Men

OK. I'll admit it. This is my kind of entertainment. It's not classical music. It's not ballet. It's not opera. In other words, it's nothing highbrow. But I'd line up to see this kind of performance long before I'd consider attending any of those other types of shows. What is it you ask? Turkish Ice … Continue reading The Amazing Turkish Ice Cream Men

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

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

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?

Sundays in Singapore Are Special

Our first Sunday in Singapore we were curious about the large number of women gathered in small groups, many of them having picnics in the big open spaces around us. We also noticed many of them lined up at money transfer windows. The photo above is of a park right next to where we are … Continue reading Sundays in Singapore Are Special