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Myanmar – The next economic frontier?


I mentioned in an earlier post that East Timor is looking forward to a brighter future but arguably the sleeping giant of Myanmar has even rosier times on the horizon. Economically and diplomatically isolated from the Western world for decades, … Continue reading

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Making oil money in northern Borneo


The town of Bintulu in the Malaysian state of Sarawak on Borneo may be fairly small but its significance lies away from the shoreline. A relatively high proportion of its 200,000 or so inhabitants are expatriates working in the oil … Continue reading

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Le singe est dans l’arbre


Okay, so how do I put an expatriate slant on this post?! For the past week or so I’ve been sans Wi-Fi or internet or anything remotely technological. I’ve taken some time out from my data gathering here in Borneo … Continue reading

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A brighter future for East Timor


My time in Surabaya passed without incident or much to write home about. It was my second visit to the city and, much like I found in India, new malls have popped up in the last five years but it’s … Continue reading

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Hello…from Balikpapan


Wow! Jakarta is seemingly in a different world to that of Batam, let alone it being the same country. This was my first visit to Indonesia’s capital and I have to say the similarities with Batam stop at the currency … Continue reading

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An Eid introduction to Indonesia


Well, much to my surprise, I managed to make it out of Port-Gentil in Gabon and back to Libreville in time to catch my flight to London. It turns out that the airport in Port-Gentil is undergoing improvements so that … Continue reading

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Leaving the Olympics behind for a taste of Gabon


It’s been a while since I left the shores of England on a data collection trip but I’m back on the trail here in Gabon. In the meantime I’ve managed to successfully navigate America’s Route 66 (without eating any pizza!) … Continue reading

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Mongolia – The wolf on the move


Fact: Ulaanbaatar is the coldest capital city on the planet. So cold, in fact, that its average annual temperature is below freezing. So it comes as a pleasant surprise that this afternoon whilst strolling the streets of Mongolia’s capital it … Continue reading

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Wrapped in cotton wool


I now find myself in Karachi, the largest city in Pakistan. Situated in the south of the country, facing the Arabian Sea, it has a population of over 13 million. Not only is it the largest but it’s also the fastest growing … Continue reading

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The biggest supermarket in the world?


Well, if it were a statement it would be a rather bold one but the Goodwill supermarket in the northern suburbs of Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi, is certainly the largest I’ve ever been in – and I’ve been in a few! … Continue reading

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