Category Archives: Traveler’s Tales

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…

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…

On values with Raymond Lee

A memorable conversation with an inflight manager (IFS) on a recent flight. I enjoy chatting with the crew of airlines when I travel, and especially Singapore Airlines (the crew make up for where their company fails). I had taken notice … Continue reading…

Postcard from Geneva – the @SIBOS that didn’t change #SWIFT…

I do apologise for taking a while to write after SIBOS 2016, the annual conference of #SWIFT, the global messaging platform. I had to spend a few days putting my finger on the key takeaways at this annual jamboree of … Continue reading…

Postcard from Ethiopia

I spent a week in Ethiopia last week, as part of the process by which I am piecing together my own understanding of Africa. Partly, as I extend my business into the continent. Partly, as I build my own understanding … Continue reading…