The Merlions of Southeast Asia

APOL - Singapore, Kurt Stoll2

APOL returned this week to Asia, landing in Singapore to catch a slow boat to China—which, when you think of it, is the perfect idiom for its extended world tour. Before it sailed (in steerage class), it made appearances at several local sites, including Merlion Park. The park features a 30 foot statue of a merlion, a mythical creature with the head of a lion and the body of a fish that has become the internationally-recognized symbol and personification of Singapore. “And people think a talking book is weird,” APOL was heard muttering, jealous of the merlion’s success, and miffed at the prospect of steerage.

While in Singapore APOL ran into a long-time friend and tour helper, professional skater Kurt Stoll, who has been on his own highly successful tour of Asia and the Antipodes.

Note: “APOL” is the anthropomorphic version of my satirical novel A Person of Letters, which has gone on tour without me (with a wink and a nod to magical realism). Follow APOL’s quixotic world tour here or on my Facebook Author Page, and read about all of APOL’s (mis)adventures in sequence on this tour archive.  For information about the book, go to Martin Scribler Media.

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