It’s been about two years since I last updated my blog and I’m not sure what happened and why I let it go? Better late than never as the saying goes and here I am again, hopefully with a better perspective, bit more writing style and a blog that will stay interesting and active. It took a many pokes from great friend Sue & Todd, keepers of Tallglass.com to get me going on this again – thanks!
There’s a lot of new things going on: I’ve taken a five-month sabbatical from my travel company Smiling Albino, to be a Fellow at the
East-West Center in Honolulu, partaking in their Asia Pacific Leadership Program (APLP). After 12 years living and working in SE Asia it was time for a change of scenery and perspective. A longtime friend, Trevor Ranges, recommended the program, my business partner Daniel graciously consented and I’ve been here since August 6. So far it’s been a great opportunity to develop leadership skills, learn about a broad range of subjects affecting the greater Asia Pacific region and mix with my 39 cohorts from 24 countries. Oh ya, and Hawaii’s amazing.
Another major change is that I’m living with an amazing woman, Erika. Originally from Singapore we met in Bangkok about seven years ago, dated a bit, she moved back to Singapore, we met up here and there, lost contact, met again and have been dating for two years. She moved to Bangkok in April 2010 to be together and was incredible to let me come to Hawaii to partake in APLP. I can’t imagine life without her and am anxiously awaiting her arrival here on November 19 for a visit.
So, thanks for checking-in, I’ll update weekly and look forward to sharing random ramblings with you. Here we go…