The Year of the Fire Monkey

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I remember standing with Jet Li in some mountainous part of China nine years ago when he transformed, before my eyes, into a monkey. As he moved about uncannily, shape-shifting and demonstrating monkey style kung fu, I tried to get a fix on the bewildering system. “No system,” he said. “With monkey, the heart leads… Read More »

PARADISE BURNING: Southeast Asian Haze the Worst in History

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As schools here in Malaysia remain closed for a second day due to ‘the haze’ — a rather soft euphemism for toxic pollution coming from burning rain forest — the new issue of TIME Magazine quotes NASA as proclaiming this current event as among the worst in history. United Nations have declared this thing “an… Read More »

Purple Haze

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Here in Malaysia the skies have been heavy with smoke-haze and even the most smoghardened veterans of L.A. on our crew are finding it daunting. The haze, what the locals here call Jerabu, is a direct result of C0-2 rich peatland burning out of control on the island of Sumatra (western Indonesia and Borneo). As… Read More »