Writer's Block

Writer's Block

Travel Blues

Travel Blues

I'm on the move again, and by this stage of my life I'm so used to the security rigmarole that we are subjected when making international travels that I don't even bother getting flustered or annoyed every time I have to remove shoes, scarf, jacket and sort out my liquids for the x- ray machine.  I suppose we could thank Osama bin Laden for this legacy adopted by airports all over the world.  And his demise, rather than reducing the security measures, seems to have increased them with newer and more sophisticated machines installed to peek through your layers of clothing for undesirable objects.  I wouldn't be surprised if those body scanners could tell if you were wearing any underwear or not, though a no doubt a good physical pat down by the security personnel would easily confirm that suspicion.

Yes, things are getting more and more intimate indeed in the security procedure.  Landing in an airport in Australia, there is the additional acquaintance with a sniffer dog (a rather cute pooch actually) as the handler instructs us weary and most compliant passengers to deposit all our belongings on the floor (yes, your handbag too madam), while the tail wagging but vertically-challenged canine sniffs around our luggage for forbidden goods with the zeal and professionalism of a secret service agent.

Good thing I already ate that banana I had in my bag, otherwise no doubt it would go straight for my jugular.  But all is well.  The last time a dog was within my proximity at the customs, I think it was in New Zealand, it was fascinated by my bag for some reason and tried to hump my leg.  May be it was a rookie, but the experience was traumatic enough to make me feel leery around big sniffer dog.  Fortunately this one is particularly small and I find myself resisting patting its little head.

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The Royal Wedding

The Royal Wedding

By the time this article appears the whole world would have seen the kiss and the wave from the balcony of Buckingham Palace by Prince William and Princess Catherine.  At...

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Manipulate Me

Manipulate Me

When I'm in the US I always love to watch those paid advertisement programs on the television.  You know, the long programs that are commercial in nature, and so addictiv...

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Kitaro: Man of Nature

Kitaro:  Man of Nature

I spent an entire day with Kitaro recently.  You know, the legendary long-haired Japanese born musician and composer who’s been prolific for the last three decades creati...

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Getting Educated

Getting Educated

I have absolutely no idea how the education system works in this country.  My niece has just finished her Junior High School (SMP) and she is currently sitting her final ...

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Meditating on Meditation

Meditating on Meditation

Since the Universe has been kind enough to give me opportunities to meet many interesting people, I thought I’d share with you the recent chats I had with two well-known ...

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Minding the Brain

Minding the Brain

These days we are constantly bombarded with a deluge of information from a plethora of sources, whether Online or Offline, real or virtual, Facebook, Twitter and mobile c...

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Rethinking Convictions

Rethinking Convictions

The German writer and philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche once said that convictions are more dangerous enemies of truth than lies and I could understand why.  Once upon a ti...

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Not a Tiger Mother

Not a Tiger Mother

Reading about how Amy Chua raises her children in her book ‘Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother’, which is the same way how she herself was raised by her Chinese parents, tha...

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