Archive for June, 2012

June 30, 2012

Voices of the Elders

My third poetry collection, Voices of the Elders, went on sale today at Sam’s Dot Publishing.  You can order a copy through their online shop.

June 29, 2012


It’s taken me a while to get some pictures of Kinabalu posted, but I thought it’s always better late than never.

Donkey Ears

8km Mark

The Peak

The View

The Descent

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June 16, 2012

Watch out Kinabalu, We’re Coming…

My two youngest nephews and I just got our backpacks loaded up today, preparing to head out to climb Mt. Kinabalu the day after tomorrow.  The two boys were so excited they could hardly sit still for the rest of the day.  I think they’re looking forward to it, after having spent the past six months or so training with their other aunt (my older sister).

I’ve heard great things about the climb, and a few scary things too.  I think we’ll be alright, though I don’t expect any of the three of us to find it an easy trip.  I think it will be all the better for the challenge.

I’ll try to post some pictures when I get back.  I hear the sunrise from the peak is fantastic.

June 8, 2012

Penguin at Singapore Expo

I stopped by the Penguin sale at Singapore Expo this morning, having a couple of hours free before I went to meet some friends in the afternoon.  I was there at opening time (10 am), and in the 2 hours I could allot to book shopping, I got through 3 rows of tables.  It looked to me like this was about one quarter of what was available in the hall.  Digging through the boxes, I was not able to be nearly as careful as I would have liked, but I still managed to find 35 books that I wanted to buy.  Most were selling for $4, though there were a few for $6 and a handful for $9.  I steered clear of those that were more expensive than this.   (I’m running out of shelf space and didn’t want to buy any really massive tomes, so that played a part in me ending up with some good prices.)

I found some really good deals, and came across a few titles that are not easy to find.  I even had one fellow come up to me and ask, “Hey, where did you find that one?”  (I think it was a Coetzee novel, if I’m not mixing it up with something else.)  That made me feel like I’d come up with at least one needle from the haystack.

Overall, I have to say it was a morning well spent.  Of the 35 books I bought, 5-6 were for friends, and the rest have already been put in place on my shelves.

The sale will last through this Sunday (June 10).  It is in Hall 6B.  If there’s a bibliophile in Singapore who hasn’t heard about the sale yet, this counts as your notice.  I think you’ll find making your way to Expo this weekend worth the time.

Next up… the National Library Sale (sometime late July or early August).

June 1, 2012

Hit or Miss, May 2012

Here’s what I’ve been reading and viewing for the past month.  (You can click on the links for short reviews or comments I’ve left elsewhere.)


  • The Mark of a Christian (Francis A. Schaffer)
  • The Avengers (movie)
  • 《下面,我该干些什么》(阿乙)(What Should I do Next, by A Yi)
  • Beast (Erin Donahoe)
  • Selected Poems (Tony Harrison)
  • Through the Woods (Erin Donahoe)
  • Big Shot’s Funeral (movie)
  • Stellar Possibilities (John Dunphy)
  • Up is Down (Mikal Trimm)
  • Contemporary Haibun, vol. 13 (Edited by Jim Kacian, Bruce Ross, and Ken Jones)
  • Pitch (Todd Boss)
  • Men in Black 3 (movie)
  • The Case for Working with Your Hands (Matthew Crawford)

Along with back issues of several magazines, including:  Scifaikuest, The World of Chinese (x2), Star*Line (x2)


  • There were no all-out misses

Neither Hit Nor Miss

  • 《1988: 我想和这个世界谈》韩寒 (1988:  I Want to Talk with the World, by Han Han)
  • The Curious Lore of Precious Stones (George Frederick Kunz)

So how was May reading and viewing for you?