Jaim Kaan has both Asian and European roots, not only in lineage but also in domicile, upbringing and education. He has a master’s degree in Architecture from Europe and names painting as one of his better talents. Through the years he has developed his interest in many different geographies, cultures and their forms of expression, languages and history. He recognizes the common threads that bind the four European languages he speaks and also can point at the influences these have on the colloquial of the Malay/Indonesian archipelago – inherited from the colonial past -besides the import of Sanskrit and Arabic words centuries before. He penned the historical fiction The Singapore Necklace by blending elements of real history, culture and actual situations and things as of the year 1914, even original names of places were kept true to the period. Currently based in Singapore he can at times be found in Java, Bali, Indochina, Africa or in Europe.