Singapore has an amazing and irrepressible food culture
A cousin and an uncle of mine at a “steamboat” restaurant at Golden Mile. As you can see, food’s a serious business here! :-)

Over the years I witnessed surprise and mild disbelief on the faces of those to whom I unabashedly gushed, “.” Apart from the problem of the “-est” suffix that we Americans tend to put on all kinds of opinions, I think what led to all the confused looks in the first place was the idea that I was comparing Singapore’s national dishes to those of other countries. Obviously, there’s no real way to compare shepherd’s pie to boeuf bourginon, other than to say they are both hearty comfort foods from the countryside.


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my guest bedroom for Airbnb visitors from Sep 2017-Mar 2021

I barely made it home to the 19th arrondissement of Paris before lockdown in March 2020. At the time I was away in Bulgaria at a conference hosted at Coworking Bansko and had planned to stay on for a few more days of skiing when enough people I trusted told me I should get back to France before they stopped flights. I managed to land back in France the night of lockdown. The next day they stopped regular flights out of Sofia.

I had an Airbnb guest staying in my apartment at the time. I had actually gotten this specific…

Roosh considers this to be his first true book, despite having written books for years.

I recently had the chance to review an advance copy of by Roosh Valizideh. He was gracious enough to answer some questions I had after finishing his newest book.

In your introduction, you write, “’” Did you have an inkling of this earlier in the process? That “pickup” wasn’t all it was cracked up to be, even as you were succeeding at it?

Roosh: No, I did not see the truth until after I stopped fornicating. While pursuing women for sex, I was…

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So it turns out that one of the side effects of lockdown was a sharp uptick in my reading as my social life evaporated overnight. Living in Paris is defined, in part, by coffees and meals with friends and with that option off the table for large portions of 2020, I threw myself even more into my stacks of books than I would have normally and in so doing managed to read 150 of them. …

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” I was stunned. The admin person for a French school in Paris had just called me back and told me that was the budget I had to spend on French classes. I had spent a couple weeks sending some paperwork, stopping by their office to do an assessment, and just waiting. It turns out that part of my social contributions as a small business owner in France goes into a fund which is then augmented by the government should I choose to use them. I hadn’t made anywhere near to 900 euros of contributions into this…

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One of the misconceptions many have before moving to France is that living here will make us “fluent” in the language in a short time: 2–3 years at the very longest. Not only have I come to appreciate that fluency in any language, including your native tongue, comes after 15–20 years, but that fluency in French will take at least that long for me, if not longer. But that doesn’t mean I can’t get around or have conversations with strangers on a variety of topics. It just means I won’t be able to speak at great speed, have cultural landmarks…

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The arrival of Autumn last week was underlined by rain and punctuated by cold: summer is officially over in the City of Light. It was, by all accounts, one of our quietest summers in recent history, as we were bereft of many of the non-European tourists that normally flock to our city. But I had used that time to mull over an idea that had first occurred to me during lockdown: the Covid Location Test.

The test is simple. Imagine that you were told that you could not leave your city (or if you’d like, country) for the next twelve…

the last time I was with Father Cekada in person: July 2019

When I first called St. Gertrude the Great Catholic Church in 2006, I could not possibly have imagined the beginning of a relationship that would not only deeply impact my life, but the lives of many others. I had just interviewed Bishop Bernard Tissier de Mallerais, an SSPX bishop; in this interview the bishop had referred to Benedict XVI as a heretic multiple times and in fact had taken control of the interview even as I had tried to end it by giving numerous references to the “heresies” of Benedict XVI. I called a close friend that same day, expressing…

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In many ways, the Web has moved on from Craigslist. And yet, it persists, continuing to quietly generate hundreds of millions in revenue each year through the labor of roughly 30 employees and the army of users who make the site so popular. Why does Craigslist still matter today, and what can we learn from its success story?


Craig Newmark had already spent 17 years at IBM before, frustrated with management, he resigned and moved to San Francisco in 1995. As he connected with more people in the then-nascent Internet, he was impressed with the trust, friendliness, and willingness to…

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After a year which saw many people move into remote work for the first time in their lives, or be physically isolated from young ones, or face financial hardship through no direct fault of their own, trends which were already strong have accelerated. One of those trends has been the growth of experiences over the purchase of physical objects and the growing research that shows more contentment and happiness in memories generated by shared experiences rather than in the ephemera of purchases (especially when those purchases blissfully lack self-awareness). …

Stephen L M Heiner

Singaporean-born American in Paris. I connect, educate, and build, AMDG. Follow my adventures at

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