October 28, 2019

The opposite of addiction

Here is a drawing I made on plane while listening to a podcast.

Rat Park Experiment

The podcast talks about the Rat Park experiment that found that Environment Enrichment (a more connected and stimulated environment) in which a rat is can help reduce dependency on addictive substances.

Books Podcasts
October 25, 2019

Team Based Learning in Phnom Penh

At our discussion about technology for teaching and learning at Phnom Penh Barcamp, I showed some activities that educators can build with simple stuff like online forms.

Everyone took a quiz that asked some questions about Jakarta. At the end they see the score but not the answers. Next they took the same quiz, but this time they took it as a group. This time we show the score and the answers. We had an increase in the correct responses.

The group discussions helps the students with the right answer convince others why their answer is correct. We also had a discussion on the promise of other emerging technologies such as education data and Artificial Intelligence and how much of it is hype versus reality.

October 22, 2019


This place always reminds me of the movie BladeRunner. They have replicants too.

Bladerunner in Saigon

Bladerunner in Saigon

Bladerunner in Saigon

Bladerunner in Saigon

travel Vietnam
October 14, 2019

The reunion

It is always nice to be back at Barcamp Phnom Penh. This year was more special as we had a reunion of the early Cambodian digerati. Back in 2007, I joined an event that gathered Cambodian bloggers and technology enthusiasts. Some of them came back today to share their impressions of the changes in the online space since then.

Cambodia Tech Phnom Penh
October 10, 2019

The sento, the public bath

the sento?

There was a time when I afraid to go to a Sento, a Japanese public bathhouse. My initial reluctance was because one has to be totally naked, and surrounded by strangers before one dips into the pools of hot water. But now I am addicted to such public baths.

Directions to the Sento

I found a new public bath just around the corner from the place I often stay in Saigon’s JapanTown.

Japan Town

In Japan, the locals do not talk to stranges much in a sento. But here in Vietnam, the Japanese customers are happy to see a non-Japanese trying out the sento, and they like to chat with you.

Japan Town

Japan Town

Japan Town

Japan Town

The sento can be a good end to your night after a night of eating and drinking at the Japantown.

Travel Saigon Japan
October 10, 2019

Travels with the Korean fish

Travels with the Korean fish. I used to give away these little hand made, fabric fishes whenever I encountered a kind person in my travels. I used to buy them in bulk from a Korean gift shop.

They were inexpensive yet attractive and made a nice accessory for the flip phones. Once the world moved to smartphones, the Korean fishes went extinct.