Just Think Small!

The iron skeleton of a five-story, luxury-apartment building rose beside the small Twin Pines guest house. Several others, taller and more imposing, stood at the edge of town. The sweat of hundreds of illegal Bangladeshi immigrants, and the din of construction, foretold the doom of Tanah Rata. A few years is all it’ll take for […]

Tanah Rata Treks

Of all the places I’ve ever visited, Tanah Rata provided the simplest living. I picked up a tip in Kuala Lumpur to stay at the Twin Pines guesthouse in the Cameron Highlands. For 15 Ringit ($3.75) a night I stayed in a quaint little private room; nothing more than a spartan attic space. The inclined […]

An Unexpected Fate

“He thought of the incomprehensible sequence of changes and chances that make up a life, all the beauties and horrors and absurdities whose conjunctions create the uninterpretable and yet divinely significant pattern of human destiny.” ~ Alduous Huxley, Island To learn how to cook, play an instrument, massage, dance, and speak a second language: these […]

A Dip in Surly Waters

Next I went to Kuala Lumpur. Just ‘went’ there. The banality of the word fits my experience of Malaysia’s capital. I spent three days. It was a massive city like massive cities are. I snapped a selfie in front of the Petronas towers. I ran the boulevard of banks in the pouring rain at night. […]

Home

“My home is a tent in the bush. My home is a descending elevator, the back of a van, a library table. My home is the back seat of a car with the window rolled down. My home is a dusty, abandoned construction site. My home is a scorching hot roadside. My home is a […]

The Ninth Veil

“The ninth veil represents the illusion that the words people communicate are unanimously and exactly congruent with the ideas to which they refer.” ~A.F. I strolled down Smith street feeling confident and hungry. Teams of people shouldered past, peppering me with excited snippets of conversation, charging the hot night with their wild optimisms. I nudged […]

Get Healthy

  February, 4th, 2008: That date marks, as distinctly as any other, the start of my salvation from my own deepest depression. The night of the 4th was the first I ran. I remember wallowing in the familiar morass of frustration and despair. But the momentary impulse, that would spark a new era, is too […]

The Veils Of Society

What are the veils of society? The veils of society are anything and everything that humans have constructed that throws their perception of reality into disharmony. Every time I have ever admired an animal for its simple-minded pleasures, for its innocent affect, for its artless being, I am admiring its existence beyond the veils. Animals […]

Attacking Convention With Drunken Discourse

*Maybe don’t read this article. The gist of it can be summed up as a critique of modern consumerism, and a frustrated attempt to discuss alternative economic systems. A more important theme is related through challenging the status-quo. This is a habit endorsed for its individual benefits, and regarded as crucial for collective world reform. […]

Madness & Haze

Haze was an abstract concept to me before I flew into Singapore. To be in a haze referred to a lack of mental clarity. Haze was a temporary condition suffered by mad Westerners before they’d had their morning coffee. It wasn’t an encroaching menace. It wasn’t even tangible. But in Singapore, to be in a […]