BANGKOK - Mr Sombath Somphone, a Magsaysay Award winner for public service, was last spotted by the cold and unblinking eye of a CCTV camera on the evening of Dec 15 last year, getting into an unknown SUV on a street in Vientiane and being driven away.
THE skytrain seems unusually frigid as I settle down on a rare empty seat between two Thai journalists.
“To lose one parent, Mr Worthing, may be regarded as a misfortune. To lose both looks like carelessness.” So spoke caustic Lady Bracknell in Oscar Wilde’s The Importance Of Being Earnest. To paraphrase the great Wilde, “To lose one iPhone may be regarded as a misfortune. To lose two looks like carelessness.” I am guilty [...]
Shopping for lucky bags used to mean making a leisurely trip to one’s favourite store, picking out a bag from among many, and going home to find out what’s in it. These days, many stores advertise the contents of their lucky bags well in advance – a surefire way of not only drawing shoppers to their stores, but also tempting shoppers to grab as many lucky bags as they can afford.
Traffic jam in Bangkok is as formidable as it gets: One resident I spoke to recently spent a butt-numbing half an hour trying to get to the street level from a shopping centre’s third floor carpark.
The friendly, gum-chewing elderly gentleman sitting across from me was easy to talk to, so much so I nearly forgot I was interviewing a Nobel Peace Laureate.
PALEMBANG, South Sumatra - Sending tents and medical supplies to flooded areas. Check.