A Visit to National Library of Singapore

Recently visited the National Library of Singapore as I happened to be running an errand nearby and boy oh boy, what a pleasant surprise for myself. It is my first visit to the national library, apart from visiting the community library nearby Mei Feng’s house back in April. I was taken aback back then (in…

Why I Continue To Draw Even Though I’m Not Good At It

The question subconsciously creeps into my head recently. More often than many other subconscious questions. When I was in the middle of something, be it cooking, reading something online or just lying down. “Why do I continue to draw even though I’m not good at it?” I am not aiming to be a great drawer…

Bon odori in a small Japanese neighborhood

Anyone who’s a fan of Japan would heard of the word – Bon Odori (in Japanese, 盆踊り) which usually take place in the summer in conjunction of Obon. Obon is similar to Day of the Dead in Mexico or Hungry Ghost Festival for the Chinese, where Japanese people will return to their hometown to clean…

A postcard to myself

Whenever I could, I like to send a postcard to myself from the destination I travelled. Sometimes, friends may find it odd that I sent a postcard back home to myself when we traveled together. At the beginning, it was just because I wanted to penned down about my travel to the new city or a…

Reading Robert Kuok’s memoir

When I was young, I often heard adults around me bring up the name ‘Robert Kuok’ and ‘sugar king’ whenever they discussed about the state of Malaysia’s economy and politics . As he is very low-profile, very little was known about him. Much more is known about Li Ka-Shing, the Hong Kong billionaire more than…

Crabbing our way in Pulau Ketam

“Let’s do something different this time!,” Zu-chan said while we were discussing about what should we do when they are in town for the weekend. Zoo, bird park, movie, cafe hopping was among the things we were throwing ideas around. And out of the blue, suddenly I thought of Pulau Ketam since my sister visited…

#NowPlaying – 50 Best One-Hit Wonders of All Time

Stumbled upon an article that highlights 50 Best One-Wit Wonders of All Time on Business Insider and the hit songs listed in the article is like a walk down the memory lane though I wasn’t born till 1984 (the first hit mentioned is from 1958, “Rockin Robin” by Bobby Day), because some of the songs…

The Stark Truth on Kawah Ijen

Earlier this year, I ticked off Kawah Ijen’s blue fire off my travel list. It was an impromptu trip where I crashed on João’s backpacking trip in Indonesia. Our journey to Kawah Ijen started from Jogja where we met up, took a train to Probolinggo to hike Mount Bromo first and then we took a…

Get your life back, turn off notification

Wired had an interesting article recently titled: The Subtle Nudges That Could Unhook Us From Our Phones. At first, I thought the article will share on how we could do that but it is more of views of being hooked to aimless scrolling on social media apps through behavioural and social science perspective. One sentence from…

Haruki Murakami Bingo

Those who read Haruki Murakami’s books usually either love his works or dislike his works. I, for one, love his work although a lot of his works have repetitive of the following – cats, jazz, sex, night, a troubled past. Which I called it “The Murakami’s Signatures.” The Haruki Murakami bingo created by Grant Snider…