Although Year 2009 is already 11 days old, there are still 354 amazing days till everybody gets another year older.  So, HAPPY NEW YEAR, folks!

My new year resolution?  Update this blog more often – at least one entry per month 😛

Bloging is an excellent way to process and digest info we get during the course of day, I have to say.  Especially for a lucky person who has short memory.  For one, I suspect 50% of my usually active brain cells have been sleeping (deeply) since my last entry.  I intend to revive them.

Now I want to talk about Amsterdam.  I missed my chance to taste one of those cookies made with certain green leaves, but I didn’t miss the chance to check out the ladies in the window – with the lucky guy, I must emphasize.  I want to say, legalizing it (both the green stuff and the red lights) is not necessarily a bad idea.  You do see a disproportionally large number of people who dress and behave like they still live in the 60s, but I don’t have anything against tie dye T-shirt.

What interested me was the ladies.  No matter how old they were, or how physique-challenged they were, they took their job very seriously.  With minimum fabric covering themselves, they smiled at people passing by, while striking unbelievably sexy poses.  Don’t believe that a 50 year old, 150 pounds lady can pull that off?  Visit Amsterdam.  It’s the attitude that counts, baby!

So, fire up that postive attitude of yours, and get year 2009 started!  And I wish you a wonderfully exciting year!


Marginal Revolution‘s Tyler Cowen on how an economist travels here.  (Yes, economists do travel.  Some may even have travelled with Miss Angelina Jolie.) 

Being a huge fan of travelling, I am glad that I am not the only one asking seemingly strange questions during vacations.  Here is how Mr. Cowen puts it:

        “Being an economist means there is always, and I mean always, something interesting to look for. In the limiting case, if a country or place is really boring, suddenly it is fascinating to try to understand how it got to be so boring. Economics suggests there is always a ‘why’.  Curiosity is what makes travel so fun and economics gives you one way of organizing your curiosity and framing your questions.”

Now my questions regarding public toilets in Rome doesn’t sound obscene any more, does it?  And the question of why the Romans didn’t invent the perfume given that the air there constantly reminded me of you know what?  Normal.  Curiosity does make travel so much enjoyable!  I mean, when a guy looks like a character from the God Father walks by, don’t you want to know what his favorite hang-out place is, and why?