Two Days on Bai Tu Long Bay

Any trip to Hanoi is not quite complete until one has done Halong Bay. Meandering around its limestone landscapes and clear tranquil waters are an assortment of boats of varying sizes encrusted with tourists. And for two days and one night, we were among the camera clicking hoards. We had opted for a premium option—a … Continue reading Two Days on Bai Tu Long Bay

One Must Always Have A Five-Year Plan

My sister taught me a very useful life lesson when she was fourteen and I was thirteen. In her teenage wisdom, she told me one night while taking a break from homework, that one must always have a five year plan. Since that day, I have always had a five-year plan. Most of them panned … Continue reading One Must Always Have A Five-Year Plan

The Saturday Kitchen – Pork & Pumpkin Porridge

I was not feeling well recently. Without pouring out details of my afflictions, suffice to say I was feeling rather delicate and while convalescing, I needed equally gentle yet comforting food. So the natural thing to do was turn to the sort of meals my mother used to make for me when I was recovering … Continue reading The Saturday Kitchen – Pork & Pumpkin Porridge

St John Restaurant & Bar: Eating in the East of London

I love checking out restaurants and eateries when I travel. It literally gives me the flavour of the destination, and for a moment, let’s me to do what the locals do. In these cases, to eat where they enjoy eating. It’s not just the food that I am there for but also the local vibe … Continue reading St John Restaurant & Bar: Eating in the East of London

Meat Up at Blacklock, Shoreditch

Still in London, there were more meals to be had while we did the responsible parent thing of helping the daughter settle into her new university life. Having done a quick scroll through the internet, I noticed that Blacklock constantly popped up in various restaurant listings, so we made a booking there for lunch on … Continue reading Meat Up at Blacklock, Shoreditch

A Fancy Pie Shop in London

The day had finally come when we brought the daughter off to London to pursue her university degree. While our universities in Singapore are excellent, the course she chose was not available here. Having studied in a UK university myself, I particularly wanted her to experience life abroad too to widen her horizons. It did … Continue reading A Fancy Pie Shop in London

The intense, harrowing, precious, serendipitous experience of writing a book with my mother

My third book ‘The House on Silat Road’ was finally released in December last year. Soon after that, I was caught up in an exhilarating but frantic whirlwind of events at literary festivals, workshops and author talks at schools and museums—which also accounts for why I had not had the chance to post for a … Continue reading The intense, harrowing, precious, serendipitous experience of writing a book with my mother