Yearly Archives: 2018

Postcard from Kurdistan refugee camps

 I had the pleasure of joining the members of Bring Hope Humanitarian Foundation, an NGO on their field trip to two refugee camps outside Erbil Governorate in Kurdistan Province in Iraq last week. The Bahrka Camp was for Iraqi Kurds who were not able to go home … Continue reading…

The story of Tang Emperor Xuanzong and mistress Yang Guifei

The story of Tang Emperor Xuanzong 唐玄宗 and mistress Yang Guifei 杨贵妃
The most memorable part of a recent trip to Xi’an, China was to the Huaqing palace Xian (華清宮), an ancient winter palace with thermal springs that Emperor Xuānzong of Tang Dynasty 唐玄宗 originally built in 723 and … Continue reading…

Tim Berners-Lee on the future of finance

I had the pleasure of hosting Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the “inventor” of the http protocol that created the world wide web as we know it today, and spending a day and a bit with him over dinner and several sessions. The … Continue reading…

At the Freddie Mercury memorial

Finally, I made my simple pilgrimage to Montreux to pay homage to the man I admire almost deepest of all – Freddie Mercury. Putting any man on a pedestal is something I don’t do at all, so Freddie Mercury is … Continue reading…

Crazy Rich Asians

I thought that #CrazyRichAsians was thoroughly enjoyable and a runaway success on so many different levels. As a movie that staged an Asian story on the world stage, it did so with distinction. I was truly proud to see so … Continue reading…

Malaysia’s Dr Zeti and the future of the GST

It was an honour to have Dr Zeti Akhtar Aziz make the overnight flight to Beijing on 23 May to receive the Bill Seidman Lifetime Achievement Award from The Asian Banker despite her tight schedule in the middle of … Continue reading…