No Posts for the Next Week

2011 12 09 gone fishin

I won’t be posting anything here until Dec. 15 at the earliest.

In the meantime, I may be on Twitter, but dispatches there will likely be few and far between.

Thanks, as ever, for reading. More soon.

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Self-promotion: a few programming notes

2011 07 12 cartoon

A few quick programming notes, now that things have slowed down a bit following Thailand’s recent election.

The vote attracted global attention, and has some new readers.

So here’s a reminder of what you can find here, and as well as a few ways to connect with me elsewhere.

Recent work

  • You can find links to some of my recent stories on my Journalism page.

    I’ve also started linking to many of my pieces on the right side of every page, under the “selected recent stories” heading.

Elsewhere on

  • The Popular Posts page contains some greatest hits, organized by topic.
  • I maintain a list of Thailand-related blogs and other sites I like on my Links page.

Get in touch

  • The About/Contact page contains my bio and lists ways to get in touch. I’m always happy to hear from folks, and enjoy getting feedback — negative or positive — on the site.
  • My email address is newley AT
  • You can also get in touch on Twitter. I’m @newley.
  • All posts can be found at: @newleydotcom.
  • And there’s a Facebook page.

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That’s it for now. Thanks, as ever, for reading.

(Cartoon via The New Yorker‘s


See you next week


Happy 2011. I’ll be back and blogging the week of January 10.

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Some of this year’s most popular posts

As 2010 comes to a close, here’s a quick re-cap of this year’s most popular posts.

Due to the events in Thailand over the past several months, it will come as no surprise that many of the more than 61,000 people who visited in 2010 accessed material related to the red shirt protests and Thai politics. Some of these posts included:

Some of the most popular non-red shirt-related posts included:

Thanks, as ever, for reading.


Self-promotion: a roundup of some recent stories

I have devoted numerous posts to Thailand’s ongoing political instability of late, often linking to various media reports. But I realized that I have neglected, in recent months, to point to some of my own stories. So here’s a re-cap:

In addition to filing pieces about breaking news in Thailand for ABC News Radio in New York, ((I’ll try to give you a heads up next time a story is due to run. I’ll most likely mention it quickly on Twitter.)) I am now covering business and economics issues in the region for BNA, in Washington, DC.

I cannot link to my BNA stories here since they’re subscriber-only, but some recent topics I have covered include:

  • Thailand’s Map Ta Phut industrial estate issue ((Hence my interest and subsequent posts on the topic here at
  • Labor issues and economic governance in Vietnam
  • Asia’s economic recovery
  • How exporting firms in Thailand are using the country’s various free trade agreements

I also recent wrote a recent story for AFP about Thai rice farmers and free trade. You can see the piece on the Jakarta Globe site here. It ran on March 7.

And, finally, I have written a number of fun travel/lifestyle stories for of late. Here are a few:


See you next week

Quick note: I won’t be blogging here at until Tues., Feb. 23. I may, however, be on Twitter over the coming days. So you can look for me there.

See you next week.


Happy holidays


A quick note to let you know that I won’t be posting anything here until next week. Happy holidays, everyone. I’ll see you in 2010.

(Image of snow-covered tuk tuks from, via CNNGo.)

Bangkok Books Travel in the new Lonely Planet: Thailand

Lonely Planet Thailand has earned a mention in the new Lonely Planet Thailand guide book. This humble blog is listed under the heading “The Inside Scoop,” on page 107. It’s part of a round-up of “informative or entertaining” Thailand blogs.

And in the Sights section of the Bangkok chapter, on page 139, you’ll also find a brief interview with yours truly and my Thai teacher, Khun Ju, about foreigners learning Thai. (The Bangkok chapter and other parts of the LP were written by Bangkok-based foodie photog Austin Bush, who — I can tell you from personal experience — knows Thailand very, very well. And I’m not just saying that.)


A programing note — and thoughts on web publishing, Twitter, Tumblr, and Posterous

A programing note: As you’ve probably noticed, I’ve been experimenting with some new functionality that allows me to automatically post my daily Twitter activity on this site. The result is the “Recently on” posts you’ve likely been seeing.

The reason I’ve been testing out this kind of daily digest is that I want to be able to share here, on, the links and various updates I post on Twitter. Non-Twitter users are probably sick of hearing about the service; I can sympathize — I’m a huge fan of Twitter myself, and even I get a sense that the service’s importance is overblown. ((As it happens, however, I’ve been using Twitter for just over a year, and I have more than 700 followers, which is nearly double the number of RSS readers for — and I’ve been blogging here for seven years. Naturally, it should be said that this comparison doesn’t account for those who visit directly, or for those who arrive here via search engines.))

I realize, though, that these compiled tweets, when viewed on this site, lack some context. In addition, I don’t want readers to be bombarded with my tweets — if you want to follow me on Twitter, you know how to do that. So for now, I’m doing away with these daily digests. (Note that you can still see my recent tweets on the right side of the page, under Twitter Updates.)

I’m also searching for a way that I can automatically post, here on this site, bookmarks from or elsewhere. The problem is that, based on my experience, anytime you try to create automatic blog posts, they tend to lack polish. Publishing platforms like Tumblr (which I’ve blogged about before) and the newly popular Posterous ((For more on Posterous and blogging, check out Steve Rubel’s thoughts here.)) — services that allow you to aggregate content from elsewhere or at least make creating blog posts extremely easy — often make for blog posts that seem…well, to lack polish. Which is logical, because such posts are created automatically and/or very quickly.

All of this by way of saying: Bear with me. If you see some strange posts here, or if some weird-looking items find their way into the RSS feed, hang in there. And thanks, as ever, for reading. If you have any thoughts on any of this, please leave a comment or email me: newley [@]


Back in Bangkok

A and I are back in Bangkok. Our trip to the US was excellent. Congrats to J and A ((That would be the other A, naturally.))! We witnessed their nuptials in PA, and it was a grand affair.

I’ll have some posts about our visit in the days to come.

For now, I’m off to eat Thai street food, battle my jet lag, and re-acclimate myself to the humidity here in the tropics.

Stay tuned…