1. Mutual Travel Respect

    Mutual Travel Respect

    September 29, 1999: My business partner Daniel Fraser and I boarded a plane from Calgary, Canada to Bangkok, Thailand. The idea: start a travel company for people that don’t like ‘tours’, yet want a very comprehensive experience in about two weeks. Smiling Albino was born. We spent our first year...

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  2. One Billion Travelers

    One Billion Travelers

    A century ago traveling from San Francisco to Hong Kong meant spending up to two weeks at sea by steamer ship, most of which were not particularly comfortable. Braving rough seas, passing the time and more importantly covering the bill was something most people simply couldn’t do. Nor was the...

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  3. Angry Birds’ Global Assault

    Angry Birds’ Global Assault

    2012 saw many trends, newsmakers and fads, one of the biggest being Phy’s catchy Gangnam Style, which took over global airwaves and broke the all-time YouTube views record. But I suggest there was a larger force at work this year that had greater impact upon the globe. One that crept...

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  4. Passing of Norodom Sihanouk

    Passing of Norodom Sihanouk

    Born in 1922, Norodom Sihanouk went on to become one of modern Cambodia’s most revered and storied characters. He ruled as King twice, once as president, twice as prime minister, was sovereign prince two times, chose and changed sides frequently, and even sided with the Khmer Rouge for a number...

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  5. Global Gangnam

    Global Gangnam

    A pudgy Korean man dressed like a campy Lady Gaga fan prances, gallops, swoons and finds his way in to millions of peoples’ hearts. The song is catchy, but certainly not the year’s best pop track. The beats are undeniably toe-tapping but it’s the video’s visual absurdity that’s lifted PSY’s...

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  6. Cascading Risk

    Cascading Risk

    Following on my last blog about a visit to the Polynesian Voyaging Society and a meeting with Nainoa Thompson, this is a short Think Piece I wrote in early September 2011 as part of my studies in the Asia Pacific Leadership Program. It’s about a boating disaster and ties-in with...

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  7. The East Catching Up

    The East Catching Up

    The following is a Think Piece, required as part of my studies at the East West Center in the Asia Pacific Leadership Program. With the west’s global dominance and eventual decline seemingly inevitable, it’s interesting to ponder how western nations will deal with the economic playing field being leveled? While...

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  8. Education = Less People

    Education = Less People

    As part of my studies in the Asia Pacific Leadership Program in Honolulu, we have to come up with questions surrounding what we deem to be important regional core issues (RCI). The following piece was produced in late September in relation to my RCI question: “Is education the key to...

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  9. The 99%

    The 99%

    This is a Think Piece I wrote on October 6, 2011, as part of my studies in the Asia Pacific Leadership Program at the East West Center in Honolulu, HI. I’m enjoying a sabbatical from life at the best travel company on the planet, Smiling Albino. Enjoy! Americans are coming...

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