At the time I went to Singapore and Thailand, I was studying for my Master’s degree in International Commerce & Policy full time, so I didn’t read many books before I went with the exception of one from an assigned reading list. However, if I went back today, I would pick some books from the following lists:
- King Rat by James Clavell
- Saint Jack by Paul Theroux
- Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
- Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan
- China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan
- Aunty Lee’s Delights by Ovidia Yu
- Following the Wrong God Home by Catherine Lim
- The Bondmaid by Catherine Lim
- The Song of Silver Frond by Catherine Lim
- Miss Seetoh in the World by Catherine Lim
- People of the Pear Tree by Rex Shelley
- Island in the Centre by Rex Shelley
- A River of Roses by Rex Shelley
- Sarong Party Girls: A Novel by Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan
- Foreign Bodies by Hwee Hwee Ton
- Soy Sauce for Beginners by Kirstin Chen
- Ministry of Moral Panic by Amanda Lee Koe
- The River’s Song by Suchen Christine Lim
- Fistful of Colours by Suchen Christine Lim
- Notes from an Even Smaller Island by Neil Humphreys
- Diary of an Expat in Singapore by Jennifer Gargiulo
- You’ll Die in Singapore by Charles McCormac
- Spider Boys by Ming Cher
- ‘Others’ Is Not a Race by Melissa de Silva
- The Last Lesson of Mrs. De Souza by Cyril Wong
- Tanamera by Noel Barber
- Singapore Grip by J.G. Farrell
- The King Never Smiles: A Biography of Thailand’s Bhumibol Adulyadej by Paul M. Handley ****
- Siam by Lily Tuck
- Fieldwork by Mischa Berlinski
- Thailand’s Political History: From the Fall of Ayutthaya to Recent Times by B.J. Terwiel
- Bangkok Wakes to Rain by Pitchaya Sudbanthad
- Sightseeing by Rattawut Lapcharoensap
- Anna and the King of Siam by Margaret Landon
- The Beach by Alex Garland
- Jasmine Nights by S.P. Somtow
- Catching the Sun by Tony Parsons
- The Atlas of Us by Tracy Buchanan
- The Orchid House by Lucinda Riley
- A Woman of Bangkok by Jack Reynolds
- Thai Girl by Andrew Hicks
- Bangkok Babylon by Jerry Hopkins
- Bangkok Days by Lawrence Osborne
- Cross Currents by John Shors
- Selected Short Stories of Thailand by William Peskett
- The Bridge Over the River Kwai by Pierre Boulle
- Private Dancer by Stephen Leather
- Bangkok 8 by John Burdett
We had to prepare for our course by reading one book from a list of assigned books and writing a paper about it. I read The King Never Smiles: A Biography of Thailand’s Bhumibol Adulyadej by Paul M. Handley, and wrote the assigned paper.
For more international books, please see books | international a-z |.
I hadn’t seen many movies set in Singapore, but later, I watched the movie Crazy Rich Asians. I had watched several movies that took place in Thailand, but they were movies I’d seen long before going.
- Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya (1997)
- Rogue Trader (1999)
- Krrish (2006)
- De Dana Dan (2009)
- Pyaar Impossible (2010)
- Dear Zindagi (2016)
- Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)
- Crazy Rich Asians (2018) ***
- Anna and the King of Siam (1946)
- The King and I (1956) ****
- Around the World in 80 Days (1956)
- The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) ****
- The Ugly American (1963)
- The Man With the Golden Gun (1974)
- Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)
- Kickboxer (1989)
- Brokedown Palace (1999) *****
- Anna and the King (1999)
- Bangkok Dangerous (2000)
- The Beach (2000)
- City of Ghosts (2002)
- Tropical Malady (2004)
- Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004) ****
- Stealth (2005)
- American Gangster (2007)
- Bangkok Dangerous (2008) (English remake)
- Rambo (2008)
- Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010)
- The Hangover: Part II (2011)
- The Impossible (2012)
- The Railway Man (2013)
- Only God Forgives (2013)
- No Escape (2015)
- Till We Meet Again (2016)
For more international movies, please see movies | international a-z |.
We also got a schedule that outlined our itinerary.
- Sunday, January 6, 2008: Orientation and welcome dinner
- Monday, January 7: Singapore Press Holdings – tour of newsroom and drive through Little India
- Tuesday, January 8: Singapore Management University with lectures.
- Wednesday, January 9: Lectures at the IMF-Singapore Training Institute Office; Night Safari and group dinner.
- Thursday, January 10: Lectures at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) on environmental issues, economic regionalism in ASEAN and China-India bilateral relations: Implications for Southeast Asia. Afternoon visit to Sentosa Island. Reception at Meritus Mandarin Singapore.
- Friday, January 11: Tiger Airways to Phuket. Visit tsunami area in Phuket.
- Saturday, January 12: Lecture on Foreign Direct Investment and the Impact on Southeast Asia’s Economic, Political, and Social Development. Evening and afternoon free.
- Sunday, January 13: Free Day.
- Monday, January 14: TG Airlines flight to Bangkok. Evening: group buffet dinner with show at Siam Niramit Restaurant.
- Tuesday, January 15: UN Visit and lunch at the UN. Briefings on poverty and development, free trade agreements, Asian Highway and Trans-Asian Railway. Dinner on our own.
- Wednesday, January 16: Visit to the Ministry of Finance. Discussion of research and paper topics by Professor Rajan.
- Thursday, January 17: Morning: Thonburi Klong Tour visiting Grand Palace and Emerald Buddha. Afternoon: City and Temples Tour.
- Friday, January 18: Full day of classes at Chula Longkong University, Thailand’s first institution of higher learning: Thai economic situation, Thai politics. Final session and wrap up. Farewell Dinner Cruise.
- Saturday, January 19: Check out and individual departures.
I planned to arrive in Singapore on January 4 so I would have a couple of days to explore Singapore on my own.
*January 4-19, 2008*
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