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

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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

A retiree’s bar in Seoul where it’s always happy hour

The husband and I pottered off to Seoul a few months ago, ostensibly for him to attend a dental conference. But we made some time to explore this sprawling city and discover its fascinating culture. We visited some must-do's including the demilitarised zone (DTZ) where we walked into the seemingly endless tunnels built by the … Continue reading A retiree’s bar in Seoul where it’s always happy hour

Do Not Step on the Cirrus Clouds

I used to jog along East Coast beach every Sunday morning. I saw this scene on one of those days. An artist had installed this amazing piece along the beach, pointing to the open skies. It is also very near Changi where our airport is, and the planes fly over these skies frequently just after … Continue reading Do Not Step on the Cirrus Clouds

The Saturday Kitchen – Chwee Kueh for Breakfast

When I was a little kid, I used to follow my mum to the wet market on Sunday mornings. Being a chubby, greedy child, there was one thing that motivated me to accompany her to the hot, stuffy market with her--the chwee kueh stall. Growing up, we ate this traditional Chinese snack only on Sundays … Continue reading The Saturday Kitchen – Chwee Kueh for Breakfast