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Stop thief! That’s my phone!

June 22, 2016 – 5:28 pm

It happened in the blink of an eye. One second I was on my dream trip, happily cycling down a busy street in Sumatra, Indonesia. The next, my precious smartphone was gone – snatched from my waist by a man on a motorcycle.
My first reaction was stunned disbelief. Had that really just happened? Next, came a wave of anger. I yelled at the thief in …

Tourism Secrets of Kuala Lumpur

June 21, 2016 – 11:33 am

Everyone loves secrets, and I know lots of them about Malaysia’s fascinating capital city, Kuala Lumpur.
My first secret is at the famous KL Tower. Every tourist knows this tower. At 421 meters, it is the seventh highest self-supported tower in the world. Ride the elevator to the upper decks for fantastic views of the city.
But just steps away, I discovered the KL Forest Eco Park. …

Buying a Motorola Moto X Play in Kuala Lumpur

June 18, 2016 – 1:47 pm

I was thinking that it is time for an update on my smartphone adventures. Months and months back, I went through an intense period of research as I prepared to purchase my very first smartphone. I ended up with a mid-range Samsung Galaxy J7. I was very happy with that phone, and I tricked it out with a 64 GB memory card and a fancy …

New Passport at the Canadian High Commission in KL

June 17, 2016 – 1:00 pm
Buildings Surrounding the Canadian High Commission in Kuala Lumpur

I’ve always had a strong interest in good customer service and good design, and I was pleased to find on my visit that the Canadian High Commission in Kuala Lumpur had both.
I went there because I needed to renew my passport, and I was a little bit nervous. I’m always nervous when I come face-to-face with officialdom. They ask me to fill out forms, and …

Passport Photos with Never-Drying Ink

June 13, 2016 – 6:54 pm

I could write a weekly or even daily column entitled, “Things That Happen Only to Me.” Today, that thing involved getting passport photos. I need two of them to present to the Canadian embassy as part of my application to renew my expiring passport. I imagine thousands of people around the world doing this every day. They go to a photo shop, comb their hair …