Category: World

Bar Stories – Singapore Bar Review

Bar Stories manifests a speakeasy feel and takes personal touch to a new level. Michael: Previously we wrote about a bar in Bogotá noted for unique specialty blended drinks. This place on the other side of the world combines art and science to create drinks suited to the individual. We entered one end of Haji […]

Chinatown in Singapore – Photos of the Week

Michael: Things have shifted a little bit this time. Graciela: My husband is underplaying it some. Actually it is a major change. Michael: Ok, maybe. We have been in Singapore for the last few weeks. So, the photo of the week has turned into a photo gallery and it is not Colombia, but Chinatown in […]

Three Must Visit Places in Singapore

Walk through shark infested waters. Make a living building sculptures from LEGOS. Stroll through experimental gardens. Originally published in the Clawson Patch newspaper June 2013. Michael: Walk through shark infested waters. Make a living building sculptures from LEGOS. Stroll through experimental gardens. The above is just three of the new ventures Graciela and I discovered […]

Singapore: Three Week Update

Thoughts and information for those who may wish to visit Singapore. Originally published in the Clawson Patch newspaper May 2013 Michael:  Damn the time goes too fast. Thought it is the moment to update readers some and pass along those tidbits of info that could make another’s visit to Singapore better.  Graciela:  We are staying […]

Gardens by The Bay in Singapore – a Whole Greater Than Its Parts

With already several exquisite gardens on the Island, this time Singapore ratcheted up the design several notches. Originally published in the Clawson Patch newspaper May 2013. Michael:  What do you do with 250 acres of reclaimed land? Well if you are the Singapore government your first thought is not how to make money off it, […]

Fine Landing in Singapore

A quick look at a small country that might have a large impact on the world of finance. Originally published in the Clawson Patch newspaper May 2013. Michael:  “The pilot made a very good landing,” the man behind me in line said as a statement. It took a moment to register that he spoke to […]

American Dies in Singapore – Suicide or Murder?

Originally published in the Fenton Patch newspaper June 2013. In June of 21012 Shane Todd’s girlfriend found him dead in his Singapore apartment. Singapore Institute of Microelectronics (IME) hired the young Montana man after he received his PhD in electrical engineering from University of California, Santa Barbara in 2010. Police ruled his hanging a suicide. […]

Singapore Part VI – Leaving

Originally published in the Fenton Patch newspaper May 2012 * * * * * * * * It almost doesn’t seem fair. Soon I will have to leave this paradise where I can sit on a fifth story balcony in the morning wearing only shorts and a T-shirt and gaze at beautiful scenery while feeling […]

Singapore Fashion Designers

Originally published in the Fenton Patch April 2012 * * * * * * * * One thinks of Singapore for many things. But for many people fashion is usually not on the list. However it should be. A frequent traveler to the country told me, “It seems the majority of foreigners I meet on […]

Singapore Part V

Originally published in the Fenton Patch newspaper May 2012 * * * * * * * * There are more than fifteen museums in Singapore. For a visitor with limited time six museums stand near the Mass Rapid Transportation (MRT) station called City Hall. My recommendation is to start by walking the five or six […]

Singapore Part IV

Originally published in the Fenton Patch newspaper April 2012 * * * * * * * * Americans have a culture which is unique in the world. As my wife and I travel it is usually quite easy to spot an American over a German, Englishman or Australian. The reason as to why we are […]

Singapore Part III

Originally published in the Fenton Patch newspaper April 2012 * * * * * * * * Yet another puff writing by Yahoo placed its teaser on my Email screen. They got me. This one caught my eye because the day before I had been in the exact spot the photographer clicked the photo. The […]

Singapore – Part II

Originally published in Fenton Patch Newspaper April 2012 * * * * * * * * While Fentonites drove home from work or sat down for their evening meal, the light through the curtains awoke me for the new day in the city of Singapore. Opening the sliding door to the balcony dissipated the cool […]

Singapore – Part I

Originally published in the Fenton Patch newspaper April 2012 * * * * * * * * I thanked the Singaporean customs agent for the candy and walked forward to the luggage conveyor belts. Without a doubt they were the longest I have ever encountered. If there had been a delay in getting the bags […]