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

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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

Ha Noi Pearl—One Fabulous Little Hotel in Hanoi

We had made a quick weekend trip to Hanoi for a much needed break. It was going to be an easy, laid-back excursion to explore the city’s food and historical sites. As with all our travels, the choice of hotel was important as where we stayed was integral to the holiday experience. It was something … Continue reading Ha Noi Pearl—One Fabulous Little Hotel in Hanoi

A Walking Tour of Hanoi’s Fabulous Street Food

The chaos of Hanoi’s streets is fascinating. Festooned overhead are vast tangles of electric cables that hang like massive, high voltage beehives, teasing you with the prospect of a sudden unexpected jolt should they decide to fall. And there’s nothing more invigorating than crossing its scooter-laden streets. Walk at a steady pace and watch the … Continue reading A Walking Tour of Hanoi’s Fabulous Street Food