NBS invited awarded Asian-American authors to talk books, movies and empire collapse. It’s no coincidence that National Book Store invited both Gina Apostol, PEN awardee and author of Insurrecto and Gun Dealer’s Daughter, to sit beside Pulitzer-winning novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen (for 2016’s The Sympathizer) in the Salon Room of Raffles Makati — just as it’s no coincidence that the complicated filming of Apocalypse Now on these shores lies at the (dark) heart of both of their recent novels. The Francis Ford Coppola filming, in Manila and Baler from 1975 to 1977, sought to remake the Philippines into Vietnam and create the ultimate allegory of American imperialism — or Hollywood hubris. It did so in ways unexpected, and both Apostol and Nguyen offer their own takes on that iconic experience in separate novels: in The Sympathizer, the unnamed narrator takes a job as a Vietnamese refugee wrangler working for The Auteur on a big-budget war movie filmed … [Read more...] about Two novelists revisit ‘Apocalypse now’
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Why did elite athletes like Michael Jordan and Manchester United keep winning over and over again? A study showed they had a ‘sense for the historic.’ Perhaps the greatest separator between the best, and the rest, is an individual’s grasp of the concept of “sense for the historic.” The concept originated in a 30-year-old study of the dynasty sports teams and sports individuals. Think of Michael Jordan. Bayern Munich. Manchester United. The Los Angeles Lakers of the 1980s. Why did they keep winning over and over again? The study showed the key deciding factor is a presence of a “sense for the historic,” which, in simple terms, means a recognition that one sits at a historic juncture in life (in this case, the finals of the NBA or European Championships) and that in this case, failure is not an option. They just won’t accept failure in this all-important situation. They realize that with this situation, they may never get the opportunity … [Read more...] about Do you have a ‘sense for the historic’?
Bangkok has become one of our favorite destinations for obvious reasons: its interesting, preserved heritage sites that speak well of their glorious past, the rich flora and fauna, food and fruits (check out the pungent and buttery kanyao variety of durian; duku langsat or lanzones; atis or sugar apple, pomegranate, guava, dragon fruit) and a personal favorite, crispy banana chips with tamarind paste. There are good buys in weekend markets, while modern retail shops offer a wide variety of products and services. We can’t seem to have enough of it. To sum up our Bangkok experience, I’ll rate from bad (in a good way) to baad (a rip off). Bad: I booked our airport pickup online (Viator for P2,262.39 or US$43.14). The six-passenger van was new, clean and spacious. The driver was polite and experienced. Baad: It took us over 40 minutes to find the van. My name was spelled wrong, making it difficult for me to spot the welcome sign displayed among hundreds of signs. In exhaustion, … [Read more...] about Bad, baad Bangkok!
A coordinator of the Inclusive Tourism Project at the International Trade Centre (ITC), Ma Winnie has been working for five years in the state capital, Loikaw. “The project promotes cultural tourism, which offers visitors more of a chance to interact with local people. There are nine ethnic groups in the state. We are working with four villages inhabited by ethnic Kayan, Kayah and Kayaw people. “The project trains local people how to serve as community guides, how to tell their village stories, how to offer clean and hygienic traditional food, how to welcome tourists, how to take bookings, and how to issue receipts and manage accounts. The project provides technical support only. There is some traditional weaving and production of home-grown cotton. Tourists can also learn how to make traditional bracelets from a Kayan woman,” she said. The project promotes Kayah tourism and local handicrafts in national and international markets, such as at tourism … [Read more...] about Promoting authentic culture, tourism experience in Kayah
Mon., April 29, 2019 So for the rest of the week, I’m going to grade the 2018-19 Maple Leafs in this blog, starting at the top: General manager Kyle Dubas. (Tuesday: Mike Babcock) Before I get to that, I want to tell you a little tale about the last time the Maple Leafs hired a rookie general manager, when things didn’t end well. That rookie GM was John Ferguson Jr., who came with a reputation of being a great talent spotter and of course came from a famous hockey family. It was a rocky ride for the young GM, just 36 when he started in 2003. He was certainly a better GM by the end of his tenure than the beginning. MLSE was a different monster then, more concerned about profit and a few (actually budgeted) playoff dates rather than winning and long playoff runs. The hockey world was different then. With no salary cap, the Leafs could simply buy a winner. Article Continued Below Along the way, Ferguson made mistakes (Should I mention Tuukka Rask for Andrew … [Read more...] about Grading Kyle Dubas after his first year as Leafs GM