My name is Bradley Farless. I was born in Alaska to a military family and spent my childhood moving from state-to-state and country-to-country. When I was old enough, I joined the Army to see the world. Unfortunately, I wound up doing Basic Training within earshot of my dad’s house and my first duty station was a four hour drive away.
Since then, I’ve lived in five different countries: Iraq, Qatar, Kuwait, Singapore, and the Philippines, or six if you count the US too, both because of military deployments and as a civilian. I also lived in Germany for a while as a child. Now, I live in Manhattan, in New York City, where I’m pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Middle Eastern History and Jewish Studies, as well as a Master’s degree in History from the City College of New York – City University of New York. So, for the time being, I’m a professional student! And enjoying it, too!
What’s this blog about?
Well, this blog got its start in 2008 on Google’s Blogger service while I was living in Singapore, an island country on the southern tip of the Malay peninsula in Southeast Asia. I kept updating it after I moved to the Philippines and after I moved back to the United States. At one time, I was posting to three different blogs and I was starting to overwhelm myself, so I just rolled all of the other content into this original blog. In mid-2012 I transitioned to self-hosted WordPress and, while the learning curve was a bit steep, I think I’m getting the hang of it, though I still have a lot of work to do in terms of organizing old content.
It’s really hard for to try to plug this blog into one category. More than anything, I would just say that it’s a personal blog. I used it to record my experiences and impressions while I was living in Singapore and the Philippines, and I continue to do so in New York City. It’s a record of my experiences while traveling; it’s a place where I jotted down thoughts on current events; it’s a repository of research papers and essays that I wrote for college courses. It’s really a sort of catch-all blog, full of outstanding posts about life, culture, history, and occasionally my cats as well.
So, while I can’t guarantee topical consistency, I hope you enjoy what you read here. For more information about myself or this blog, please check out the About page, or take a look at my Recent Posts, as seen in the right sidebar.