Try, try again

After various server and blog problems this year, including haggling with an increasingly disengaged web host which I will no longer recommend, I (too hastily) deleted the WordPress blog I had set up and re-imported my old Movable Type archives. So I’ve lost some posts between 2014-2017. No biggie there. Hope this works and stays …

Another Page turns over

Soon after blogging about [Border’s closure in Singapore](http://vantan.org/archives/2011/09/a_life_without_borders.php), we were hit with news that another popular bookstore, Page One, [was exiting the Singapore market](http://sg.news.yahoo.com/end-of-chapter-for-page-one-bookstore.html). Another crying shame, even more because Page One was a homegrown company that seemed to have found its own niche with its design-oriented collection of books and related products. I visited …

God gives and God takes away

This Christmas, three of my friends encountered very different life-changing experiences. First, just before Christmas Day, I was elated to hear that a close friend of mine was going to become a mother. My longstanding prayers for blessings have become that of thanksgiving, and now I can only ask for the pregnancy to be uneventful, …