November 21, 2021

Muối tôm- Salt, chilli and shrimp dipping

Suddenly miss muối tôm. Shrimp, salt, chilli dipping used with raw mango or guava.

Salt Chilli Shrimp Dipping

I saw a Vietnamese grocery shop, recalled all the little Vietnamese that I remembered trying to impress the people inside. But they turned out to be Burmese. Such a funny world. Nothing wasted, we had a chit cat about our Shan state, Chin state and other Northern lands.


Food Vietnam
November 15, 2021

This time any other year

Ordinarily, this time of the year, I am skipping Saigon, and heading to Hanoi. All I have is the little iPad, a keyboard and two change of clothes. It is cool - perfect walking all day, stopping occasionally at cafes, in Kim’s words pouring our lives into words”.

Just switched to a mechanical keyboard and remembered all the walking and writing. Read Kim at

Travel Hanoi Design
November 10, 2021

Anker’s happy or not happy card

Small things mostly: Sometimes It is not those big features in a product, but just a little bit of thoughtfulness.

happy card

happy card

happy card

happy card

happy card

October 25, 2021

A certain Malaysian city

You know you’re spending too much time on Apple stuff when you start spelling a certain Malaysian city as iPoh.

Malaysia Travel
October 20, 2021

The map

I saw a 170 bus and remembered a map I once made for a first time traveler from Singapore to Malaysia, hoping that she would not get lost. Now I hear, most of Penang is lost in her.

travel Malaysia
August 7, 2021

Favourite second-hand book stores in South East Asia

These shops are not just about books, but this is where I met many interesting people in these cities. Visiting these places on my travels often meant that I had to book extra luggage for my return flight, but it was always worth it.


The stores are

Dasa Books, Bangkok

D’s Books, Phnom Penh

Books of Awesome (BOA), Saigon

Bookworm, Hanoi