brb

Saying “be right back” after I haven’t posted for 3 weeks is like closing the stable door after the equine has”bolted” (pun intended!);
I’ve been in south east Asia for 3 weeks now; there are a bunch of half-written posts in draft form, a few more clanking around in my head, and many more to come. Stay tuned.
A précis: arrived in Singapore on the 1st; hung out for a week with my family here; flew into Bangkok and took the land route to Vientiane, the capital of Laos; while there, apart from getting naked in the sun, I also hung out with Jim while he was working/consulting for the UN; cane back to Singapore and spent the last week walking around, exploring some off the beaten track places, meeting new people, spending time with old friends, and (this needs to be recounted in detail, and it will be) spent days trying to find a French press in this city.

Singapore, here I come.. Oct 1st – Nov 9th 2013

As I was ranting about the Spanish embassy in India, I got news from the hyper-efficient Consulate of the Republic of Singapore. They took the paperwork that I submitted [once!] and granted me a visa.

I will be in Singapore from Oct 1st to Nov 9th, with planned trips to Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia and Vietnam [They will become planned once I plan them!]

Sometimes it is good to “Keep Calm and Carry On”.