Me in Singapore

Small in size, but mighty in the region. That’s probably one of the best ways to encapsulate Singapore. I recently realized I have not posted anything about Singapore. (Or Malaysia. Or the Philippines.) Not wanting to appear biased to certain SEA nations (I am not!) I am going to address this head on– starting with

Phnom Penh

Cambodia has undergone magnificent economic transformation in recent years despite a tumultuous history characterized by French colonization, the lethal Khmer Rouge and Vietnamese occupation until the early 1990s. Today Cambodia exists without physical foreign presence. However, make no mistake about it: Cambodia’s trajectory has been defined by overseas development aid (ODA), NGOs, foreign direct investment

Bangkok Skyline

I would like to give a special tribute to Bangkok since it is my last full week. I have been living in Thailand since October and it has been a whirlwind experience. While I have enjoyed all the cities, towns and islands I was fortunate enough to visit in Thailand, nothing can compare to my

Technically challenged, computer problems.

Day in and out I spend a majority of my time glued to a screen–typically the computer (since I no longer own a smartphone). From my morning YouTube workout, to the TDRI office and back home in the evening, my life basically revolves around a screen. So when I came into work this morning and

Me in Laos

Welcome to the Laos capital, Vientiane: home to feeble infrastructure and mosquito masses. I think my weekend in Laos is best encapsulated by the gecko that ventured into my hotel room air conditioner and subsequently died. I can get into that story later. First—why are there so many bugs? Is it because of the Mekong

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I love lists. I always feel so accomplished just writing a list. I especially love “to-do” lists because I can cross items off when competed, experiencing an even greater sense of accomplishment. But I also create lists whenever I am feeling stressed or unsure. It always helps me figure out what needs to be done.

asean

You don’t have to be an expert in Asian affairs/global economic development to be aware of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). US non-government and research groups alike have acknowledged the importance of this geopolitical bloc today and in years to come. There are even breakfasts being held on Capitol Hill by the US-Asia Institute and US-ASEAN

Brunei

But sort of seriously. Similar to Laos, I know essentially nothing about this ASEAN country except that you can apparently see the whole nation in one day if you visit. And that there is an alcohol ban. Looking at Brunei at a glance (most data taken from CIA World Factbook): Population = less than half

Bangkok Karaoke

I think everyone can attest to the proliferating role social media plays in our lives, whether we like it or not. Today we basically carry little computers in our pockets (aka smartphones)– making social media even more accessible. Over here in Bangkok–sans smartphone– I basically feel like I live in the woods without being able to