Snorkeling on a Motorcycle

As I’ve mentioned before, one of the things I love about Singapore are the cavernous bookstores on Orchard Rd. I have an addiction to reading (when I have time) and find that it only makes my craving worse to be surrounded by towering shelves of goodness. There are simply too many subjects that I’m interested in. Here’s a typical path I may follow in no certain order:

Photography, travel, new fiction, graphic design, computers, psychology, mountain biking, new non-fiction, classic novels, technology, business, investing, marketing, economics, cultural studies, history, architecture, back to photography (always drawn to that area), science, physics, geography, travel writing, politics, car design, fitness, music, and probably a good hour browsing the magazine section letting a nice pile of the subscription cards stack up at my feet as I receive nasty looks from the staff.

Are you this random? Is this normal?

At any rate, I generally walk out of there having spent no less than triple digits. Here are a few things I picked up last week:

As I work through these, I’ll let you know what I think. I’m almost finished with Freakonomics – fascinating read but I’m sure it will spark some controversy in some circles.

Have you heard about the haze in Malaysia? Apparently it’s so bad that some companies have had to close temporarily – if there’s anyone from Malaysia or K.L. I’d love to hear your perspectives. Is it hard not to blame Indonesia for this problem? (It’s caused by the rampant burning on the nearby Indonesian island of Sumatra)

This is an actual image from the haze – no joke (not taken by me).

You guys may enjoy this… my most ‘interesting” photos (oops, didn’t realize only my login works… let me figure out a different way)

  • Brandon, I’m of course interested in seeing your Most Interesting Photos, but when I clicked the link, it came back as reject since I don’t have permission. Pretty please? Also, the most intriguing angle about the pollution issue in Malaysia is that it might be likely that some of the air pollution is caused by Malaysian firms working in Sumatra (Riau Province), burning off land to prepare for more palm oil plantations. As if the world needs more palm oil. If Malaysian firms are involved in this pollution, what will the Malaysian government do to stop them. And how about the Indonesian government? Big bucks are involved, and most people don’t really expect governments in the region to take any serious action against polluters.

    And do tell me, what is the source of those previous photos about tech design in Singapore. So. where did you take them?

  • Big bookshops with comprehensive stock are always nice. But, sometimes, I miss the smaller bookshops with the personal touch, like those in described in 84 Charing Cross Road. So far, I’ve yet to come across one like that in Singapore.

  • yay! Thomas L. Friedman’s the World is Flat! I’ve read a little of the book on my most recent visit to the book store, seems really interesting.

    Read also “Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything” and “the Rebel Sell: Why the Culture Can’t Be Jammed” 🙂

  • dude, I swear I didn’t see Freakonomics there.

    I’ve dropped IQ points (and gone blind, obviously) from too much school.

  • Nate

    Murakami is great….read all of his. One more suggestion–in case you haven’t read it— A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn.

  • Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond, yo.

  • hi.. i just see your blog… i am malaysian and i thing the haze are very bad in my life… But the true is it the haze effected malaysia are for 2 days only… then it back to normal…

  • haha! brondong, thank you for your kind comment, it was nice to wake up in the morning to a compliment 😛

    get your stinky ass online again, dammit.

  • enjoy the haze – at least you won’t get sunburn!

  • If there’s a better place in the world to kill a few hours than a good bookstore, I haven’t found it yet.

  • Nice colors. Keep up the good work. thnx!

  • Insightful read. I have stumbled and twittered this for my friends. Others no doubt will like it like I did.

  • Insightful read. I have stumbled and twittered this for my friends. Others no doubt will like it like I did.