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Mr. Floudas has organised numerous long-term expeditions within Southeast
Asia over a number of years and has offered advice to several teams and individuals.
He has personally collaborated with H.E. the Minister of Tourism of Sarawak
and has conducted tourism-impact studies on Siberut island for the West Sumatra
Dinas Pariwisata. During the height of the political crisis of 1996, he was
the only European to be granted official permission to visit the University
of Rangoon. He maintains research interests in paleo-anthropology, archaeology,
and religious studies. In addition, he is the official Curator of End-of-the-Tether's
substantial photographic archive and rare artifacts and antiquities collection,
as well as an undisputed authority on the region's nightlife. Mr. Floudas is
a Senior Member of Hughes Hall College, Cambridge and is fluent in several European
languages whilst he occasionally gets by in Bahasa. He remains one of the few
Westerners to have been allowed to actively participate in the rare all-night
'dream-catching' ritual of the Borneo Iban and is blood-brother to a Dayak from
a longhouse on the Tunoh River. He can be reached at: alexander(at)endofthetether(dot)com.
As someone born and bred within a Straits Settlements Chinese family,
Miss Wong is extremely well-placed to be au fait with and relate the intricacies
of Chinese cultural influence throughout Southeast Asia, from the artistic to
the culinary. She is fluent in five Chinese dialects, Bahasa Melayu and a number
of European languages and is currently reading for an advanced degree in Paris.
Her research interests include 19th century history, calligraphy and linguistics.
Moreover, she has conducted surveys on modern Asian matrimonial attitudes and
on the paranormal beliefs in everyday society.
Miss Wong is very active in local
charity work and spends most of her free time and weekends managing the donations
and liaising with our selected aid organisations (although she is partial to
grasshopppers at Harry's Bar). She is a seasoned traveller, a gifted lecturer,
a keen researcher and one of our most popular expedition leaders. She can be
reached at: shuyih(at)endofthetether(dot)com.
Mr. Prabhu has lived and worked in Asia for several years and maintains
End-of-the-Tether's extensive contacts in the region. He also works in the media
industry and splits his time between New York, Singapore, and Moscow.
He was an official guest of the Sarawak Government in the first-ever Manang
conference in Kapit, 1995. Mr. Prabhu has travelled extensively throughout Southeast
Asia and more widely -- at last count to over 70 countries. He maintains End-of-the-Tether's
extensive research library, containing rare publications as well as a wealth
of modern material on numerous research topics concerning Asia. His individual
research interests lie in the fields of palangology, entomology and the ancient
Pali Buddhist scriptures. Mr. Prabhu is particularly interested in Oriental
beliefs and the impact of missionary activity, and he holds a Master's degree
in Philosophy from Cambridge University. He has taken courses in Mandarin and
remains an accomplished negotiator, invariably endearing himself to the locals.
He can be reached at: lspp(at)endofthetether(dot)com.
Mr. Hamid is based in Singapore and serves as a central coordinatory
focus for End-of-the-Tether Expeditions during non-travelling periods
(=EOT jargon for the archipelago monsoon season). He combines an
incomparable in-depth knowledge of the region with limitless vigour
and tenacious stamina, leading some of the most strenuous -- but
at the same time tremendously rewarding -- tours. Mr. Hamid is a
recognised scholar of Koranic studies and an expert on Islamic art,
architecture and philology in Southeast Asia. His other research
interests include ethnobotany, comparative anatomy and ornithology,
in addition to being an accomplished sportsman who has represented
Singapore at national level. Mr. Hamid serves as a liaison with
the authorities in the area and a facilitator for securing otherwise
unobtainable permits and authorisations. Notwithstanding his hardy
action-filled reputation during our tours, most of his remaining
time is spent enjoying tiffin at the Bar & Billiard Room. He can
be reached at: nor(at)endofthetether(dot)com.