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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Thoughts on the Anniversary of the Atomic Bomb

First of all, let me state outright that this post may not go down well for some as it presents some ugly truths. On the anniversary of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, many call for an end to nuclear weapons, while the Japanese who suffered the mushroom cloud mark the anniversary with tears … Continue reading Thoughts on the Anniversary of the Atomic Bomb

The Suite in Singapore That Kim Jong Un Wanted

Singapore is all abuzz with the Trump-Kim Summit scheduled for this Tuesday. The road closures have begun, and the air space is now restricted for the time being. I am not not looking forward to having two of the most odious people visit my country. I can safely say I am not the only one … Continue reading The Suite in Singapore That Kim Jong Un Wanted

The Sofitel Metropole Hotel’s Forgotten Underground Bunker, Hanoi

While we're on the topic of war bunkers, the historic Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi hotel has its own underground air raid shelter. Forgotten for decades since the Vietnam (or American) War, it was rediscovered by chance after the renovation of the hotel's Bamboo Bar, and reopened in 2012 for public viewing. In tribute to the … Continue reading The Sofitel Metropole Hotel’s Forgotten Underground Bunker, Hanoi

The Historic Building D67, Hanoi

When I was in Hanoi not long ago, being the history nerd, I had Building D67 on my must-see list. Purpose-built in 1967, it was where the North Vietnamese generals based their headquarters during the Vietnam War (or the American War, as the Vietnamese call it). Among them was the great General Vo Nguyen Giap, … Continue reading The Historic Building D67, Hanoi

My new children’s book – The House on Palmer Road

I have been off radar quite a bit lately as I have been quite tied up with the release of our second book, and until yesterday, been involved in two literary festivals back to back. What an amazing journey though - which I would like to share bit by bit over a few posts so … Continue reading My new children’s book – The House on Palmer Road

Journey Back to the Ancestral Village

I headed back to my ancestral village in June. That's the thing about being an 'overseas Chinese'. We all have 'ancestral villages', where our ancestors lived and made that journey out of the poverty of China at the turn of the century.  In this case, the village I sought out and visited was my maternal … Continue reading Journey Back to the Ancestral Village