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Misc.

Gone Fishin’

As I mentioned in my previous edition of Newley’s Notes, I’ll be on summer holiday for the next couple of weeks.

Back at you later this month!

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Misc.

5 Most Popular Newley.com Posts from 2017

2017 in review

Here are the five most popular Newley.com posts from last year, measured by number of visits.

What proved to be most-clicked were largely my personal dispatches about matters like the late, great Ashely, and our various travels:

  1. Ashley, 2008–2017 – A tribute to our beloved Bangkok street dog, who died on March 7.
  2. My Top 10 Southeast Asia Travel Tips – Advice for journeys in this culturally rich and diverse region.
  3. Trip Report: Varanasi, India’s Holiest City – notes from our February sojourn.

  4. Trip Report: Three-Day Getaway to Neemrana Fort Palace – a post about a memorable trip we took to a very cool fort that’s been converted into a hotel

  5. Google CEO’s Advice to Ambitious Students: Loosen Up – a lighthearted story about Sundar Pichai’s tips.

Previously: My Top 10 Posts from 2016

Onward, my friends, to 2018!

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India Misc.

New Delhi Smog Update: At Least the Temps are Dropping

So, what’s up with the air pollution here in New Delhi?

Here’s an update:

It’s still bad.

The PM2.5 reading yesterday morning was in the 300s. Which is not good.

But it’s not all terrible news.

Winter temps are here, which I love. Lows are dropping down to the 50s Fahrenheit, which is about 10 Celsius.

Sweater weather…just about! After nearly a decade in tropical Bangkok and Singapore, I am still giddy at the prospect of winter.

You take the good with the bad.

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Humor Misc.

Story of the Day, Arkansas Pug Tuxedo Edition

The AP reports:

A former administrative assistant to an Arkansas county official has pleaded guilty to fraudulent use of a credit card after prosecutors accused her of using public money to buy personal items, including a tuxedo for her pet pug.

Lest you think all the purchases were frivolous, among them were not just diamond jewelry and “sequined throw pillows” but also pet insurance, the AP says.

So there’s that.

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Misc.

Weekend Sketching: Pen and Ink is Therapeutic 

After sketching in pencil the other weekend — and toiling forever to get the angles right — I decided to ditch the graphite this time and go straight to pen and ink. 




It felt liberating. 

With ink, provided you don’t put down any pencil lines first, you have to just commit and draw. There’s much less belaboring of every little detail. 

There’s probably a metaphor for life in there somewhere. Stop tweaking and trying to be perfect and just get it done already.