Sunday, January 30, 2011
I live in the heart of Vietnamese Sydney, and am surrounded by at least a dozen Buddhist temples. If you hop in the car and venture further afield there are probably closer to 20.
But one of my favourites is the little house temple closest to me - Chua Minh Giac.
I visited on the weekend, when they were getting ready for the Lunar New Year.
Here is a little video of the surrounds, and some lovely pics of the main shrine taken by Thang.
Thursday, January 20, 2011
My gorgeous friend Sandy Weir is just about the most brilliant woman in Australian publishing, and pretty glam to boot. And dammit, she knows a good book when she sees one.
Recently she was on holiday in Phuket - cue global shortage of pina colada mix - and, on her way home, spotted Destination Saigon at the bookstore at Phuket airport and took this great shot for me. Right near Paul Theroux, no less!
I always get very excited when my book is sighted overseas. So far I've heard it's being sold in pirate editions in the backpacker districts of Ho Chi Minh City, at Bangkok International Airport, bookshops all around Hong Kong, Monument books in Phnom Penh and at Siem Reap airport.
And now at Phuket!
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Now don't get excited - no-one is translating Destination Saigon just yet (though note to my Cambodian friends - please feel free to!). When I was in Cambodia recently I met some really wonderful young writers, and my dear friend there, author and songwriter Sok Chanphal, has done a blog entry about me and my book. Of course, I can't yet read a word of it, but for all of you Khmer speakers out there, here it is!
"កាលពីខែធ្នូ ២០១០ ខ្ញុំបានទទួលសៀវភៅមួយក្បាលពីបងប្រុស Walter Mason គាត់បានមកស្រុកខ្មែរដើម្បីចាប់ផ្ដើមសរសេរសៀវភៅមួយក្បាល ហើយត្រូវបាននែនាំឱ្យស្គាល់ខ្ញុំតាមមិត្តខ្ញុំ សួង មាក់ ដែលកំពុងរៀននៅប្រទេសឡាវ។ Walter Mason ជាអ្នកនិពន្ធជាតិអូស្ត្រាលី ដែលបានជោគជ័យក្នុងការសរសេរសៀវភៅមួយក្បាលពីប្រទេសវៀតណាម Destination Saigon ។ ពេលដែលគាត់មកភ្នំពេញ ខ្ញុំក៏បាននែនាំមិត្តអ្នកនិពន្ធក្មេងៗរបស់ខ្ញុំឱ្យគាត់ស្គាល់ និងបានជូនសៀវភៅដែលខ្ញុំនិពន្ធទៅគាត់ ហើយគាត់ក៏សន្យាថានឹងរៀនភាសាខ្មែរ ដើម្បីអានសៀវភៅទាំងនោះ។ នេះគឺអ្វីដែលគាត់បានសរសេរពីខ្ញុំ និងការបោះពុម្ពសៀវភៅរបស់ខ្ញុំ នៅគេហទំព័រសៀវភៅរបស់គាត់៖ Destination Saigon in Cambodia