This is my favorite time of year here on Batam Island, Indonesia. The brisk winds blow down the Malacca Strait from the China Sea, from the same area where the winds unfortunately affected the search for the Air Asia flight Qz851 that crashed into the sea two weeks ago. That said however, the effect of the wind on this island is cool, clear bright weather with a broiling sea this time of year.
Batam is just a short ferry ride from Singapore and I enjoy living here due to its convenient location as well as being tropical. The island communications with the outside world is pretty good. So, like most other interested viewers this week I saw the U. S. State of the Union address on cable TV in real-time.
I heard every word and though it was an excellent address, felt as if I should return to the…
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