Author Archives: Roadmonkey

The Hong Kong Of My Youth

by Dominic Ching Nam Wong Hong Kong is the city where I grew up. I spent my first 17 years there and I would say that I had a happy childhood. It is true that Hong Kong is a prime example of Darwinist principles. Survival of the fittest. You see this everywhere: in schools, at […]

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Why We Need Adventure: It’s Chemical

by Cecee McDaniel Why is it so exhilarating to face fear?  A study was done in the late 80s that proposed the Idea that our lack of adventure causes us to engage in seemingly high-risk activities, such as cliff diving, hang gliding, or riding roller coasters. The New York Times wrote of the study’s findings: […]

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A Guy Walks Into a Bar in Brooklyn (Part 2 of 2)

by Paul von Zielbauer (Continued from last week’s blog post) So I’m sitting at Denny’s Steak Pub – an island of working-class Caucasians floating in a sea of beer and surrounded by working-class South Asian immigrants, in Brooklyn’s Kensington neighborhood. The kind of place that can’t be bothered to change its sign outside even though […]

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A Guy Walks Into a Bar in Brooklyn (part 1)

by Paul von Zielbauer There is a reason that Roadmonkey was invented in New York City. Tonight’s experience in a dive bar in the heart of Brooklyn illustrates the point. I walked into Denny’s Steak Pub, on the corner of Church Avenue & McDonald Avenue, in Kensington – deep enough into Brooklyn that you’re not […]

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Was Bruce Lee a Roadmonkey?

The legendary Bruce Lee, a martial artist and student of philosophy, lived his life as if it were a series of opportunities, challenges and celebrations. In that regard, you could argue that he was living la vida Roadmonkey in his own, Bruce Lee way. (This is what happens when you stay up too late watching […]

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Why I Left The New York Times

People have asked me to explain why I left a successful career as a New York Times staff writer. Other people wondered about the genesis of Roadmonkey. They’re two sides of the same coin, really. Here’s the story: I’ll start with a sentence I wrote, in 2010, for MindFood, an Australian monthly that asked me […]

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“One thing you dream of doing before you die….”

ABOUT FOUR YEARS AGO a Columbia University student, Jenny Lam, created an intimate portrait of New York dreams and aspirations by allowing hundreds of city residents to anonymously write down one thing they want to do before they leave this Earth. Ms. Lam placed pre-stamped postcards all over Manhattan. Each bore a return address to […]

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The Meaning of Roadmonkey

Many people ask us what Roadmonkey means. Not literally but figuratively. Except non-English speakers, who actually do want to know the dictionary definition of road • monk • ey. (There isn’t one).   Roadmonkey means all of the things below. But it also means what you have come to think of Roadmonkey. The definition lives […]

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Roadmonkey in Vietnam: CNN’s Story Behind the Story

Remember the CNN segment on the ethnic Khmer community in Vietnam we built a playground for? (If you don’t scroll down; it’s our first blog post.) CNN also ran this segment – a reporter’s notebook, video style – from correspondent Natalie Allen, a roadmonkey who carried her camera around for two weeks in Vietnam during […]

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Why Waking Early Matters (though we loving sleeping in)

Roadmonkeys are known to tie one on now and then. But we also believe in getting our sorry asses out of bed early whenever possible. Read the post below, a reprint of a recent item on The Daily Om, to find out why. We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. Before the World Wakes – […]

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