Emperor Meiji of Japan (Mutsuhito)

Japan has a new emperor...and a new era (the "Reiwa" era, meaning either "fortunate" or "auspicious" and "peace" or "harmony") has begun. There was certainly alot of media coverage of the event and attended by VIPs from all around the world. The ascension ceremony itself was very elaborate and adhered to Japan's century-old traditions. You …

Lending a Hand, Or Giving Back In Singapore

I had actually committed myself to a bit of charity work in Singapore....in the Summer of 1992. My ship had pulled into Singapore for a two-week stay, and some of us were asked if we wanted to spend a morning with some children at a local orphanage. Several of us went and had a great …

South Koreans Are Still Buzzing Over Last Month’s Inter-Korean Summit

Let's give peace a chance. http://one.npr.org/i/610315741:610315742 Update: Trump has announced that he will not be meeting with Kim Jung Un in Singapore as planned, due to threats and rhetoric by the North Korean government. Hope this doesn't derail the North-South Summit, but I wouldn't be surprised, as South Korea had a role in the war games last week, …

Exclusive: “The Outing” by R.B. Bailey Jr on Coconuts Manila

This is my first story to be published in mainstream media, and I'm pretty proud. I had contacted Coconuts Media about publishing an interview, and ended up writing a story for them, instead. One condition...it had to have a Philippine angle to it. I only had a week, so I wrote what I write best, …