How to Spell My Name, According to Starbucks Baristas Across Southeast Asia

I love coffee. I have a weird name. And I live in Singapore and travel regularly in Southeast Asia. That’s a recipe for some serious Starbucks barista mixups! Herewith, a collection of misspellings of my name from Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta and more locations over the last year. This one’s from Kuala Lumpur. Can’t remember […]

Aung San Suu Kyi found guilty in Myanmar

The verdict was widely expected, but it was officially announced — after a delay on July 31 — early this afternoon, local time. Myanmar’s imprisoned pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi was pronounced guilty of violating the terms of her detention by allegedly harboring an American well-wisher, John Yettaw, who swam across a lake, uninvited, […]

Crossfit workouts: a few of my favorite routines

Update 2 — September 22, 2011: I have recently started doing Crossfit workouts again. I switched to conventional strength training (see update below) for a while, but have now returned to Crossfit’s more intensive calisthenics workouts. I’m finding that cycling between the two is beneficial. Update: this post is from 2009. For my more recent […]

The iPod-ification of Khao San Road

I was in downtown Bangkok’s Banglamphoo district yesterday afternoon, and I figured I’d drop by Khao San Road to see how it’s looking these days. You may remember that I penned a New York Times travel story in 2007 about how Khao San Road, long a gathering spot for backpackers, has become increasingly upscale. I […]

Nokia E71 review: notes after five months of use

Let’s talk smartphones — mobile phones that have advanced Web browsing and multimedia capabilities. First things first: I like Apple products, but I’m holding off on the iPhone ((I’m still deciding what to make of the issue of iPhones in Thailand. The devices are available here, but they’re usually more expensive than in the US, […]

Newley.com traffic stats for 2008

A quick look at my Google Analytics traffic stats for 2008 reveals the following: Visitors and Page Views — 31,480 people visited Newley.com this year (an average of 2623 per month) for a total of 50,901 page views — Visitors from 162 different countries came to Newley.com during 2008. The top ten countries were the […]