An Uber Encounter, An Epiphany

The probability of ever getting a ride on the same cab with the same driver in Singapore, within a month, is approximately less than 5%, assuming 15 rides per month and official statistics as of August 2015: the current fleet of taxis in SG being 28,404, with 2 or 3 shift-based cabbies are tied to a vehicle (~70,000 drivers), […]

Music and Endless Wintering

“Music brings a warm glow to my vision, thawing mind and muscle from their endless wintering.” ― Haruki Murakami, Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World   Last night saw the revival of my 7-year-old iPod (above), opening an emotional floodgate of memories tagged to songs from another lifetime. Despite being in a badly scratched […]

[DIARY] LOVE YOUR IMPERFECTIONS

31 days into 2015 and it has been surreal. I’ve been thankful each day for the people I’ve met, especially to those I’ve learnt to count on for simply being there. The obstacles in my current career are finally levelling out. I’m beginning to understand why some of my colleagues would fall in love with this jet-setting lifestyle. Don’t be fooled […]

[DIARY] ONE LESS STRANGER

A sleepless night was spent following tweets on AirBnB’s #OneLessStranger campaign. Tired and insomniac as I was, I couldn’t help applauding the global movement to connect people across cultures, to eliminate the distance we keep with people we don’t intend to know. To be on the receiving end of a thoughtful deed from a stranger – it is a simple, […]

[DIARY] A Well-Intended Closure

Been a while since I last saw the likes of my WordPress interface. Most unfortunately the whole of last month was a whirlwind of flights, school (which I detest thanks to very uninspiring professors) and social activities I’ve been meaning to keep up with. Suddenly, it’s December, and the we’ve all hit the final chapter in […]

[DIARY] True Stories of Lucid Dreaming and Sleep Paralysis

Lately I’ve been experiencing lucid dreaming, in which I find myself in total control of when or where I get to cease a dream. It’s been contended that this period of dreaming is not a state of sleep but a period of wakefulness. I beg to differ. How could a wakeful phase occupy such an extensive period of restfulness? […]

[PARIS] oo2.NOTRE DAME DE PARIS

“Paris is always a good idea.” ― Audrey Hepburn Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris, which inspired Victor Hugo’s 1831 French Romantic/Gothic novel, stands resolute in the Parisian city center unscathed by ruining tides of time. The state of damnation of the Cathedral is the single most significant aspect of Hugo’s novel, influencing the ebb and flow of Notre-Dame […]

Day One: BLU Home Guesthouse

7:45am – Touched down at Incheon International Airport 8:30am – Claimed all baggage and cleared customs 8:45am – Bought T-Money (Bus, Train, All-In-One Fare Card) and WiBro (incredibly fast and useful portable WiFi egg gadget) 8:50am – Boarded Airport Railroad (AREX) Commuter Line towards Hongik University Station 9:40am – Reached Hongik University Station (Hongdae!) Then […]

SEOUL 카운트 다운

구일에서 나는 인천에 도착하는거야. 혼자 여행있으니까 난 흥분과 약간의 긴장. 물론 걱정보다 기쁘다. 카페에서 읽고 서점을 방문하고 한강과 여의도 공원에서 산책, 혼자 여유로운 휴가가있을 것이다. 그리고 우리가 제주를 갈 것! 제주도에 날고 전에, 김포 공항에서 크리스씨를 만날. 오랫동안 제주에 가고 싶었! 여행하기 전에, 나는 한 번 (또는 두 번) 더 항공편을 날아해야! 좀 피곤 해~ 하지만 할 수있다. 항상 할 수있다~ 여행 가자!! ^^ […]

5 Things I Learnt about Dubai

This weekend, I’m in Dubai, feeling so lost about the city’s roads, culture, everything. With Harper’s Bazaar World of Fashion, Fashion Forward Season 2, Global Village 2013 – 2014 and all those exciting events going on, no doubt Dubai deserves being hailed as the regional fashion hub. There are just soooo many things I can’t […]

Photo-diary: Rangitoto and Volcanoes

Fedora’s friend Ridge drove us up the coast at Mission Bay – Patteson Avenue which overlooked the active volcano on Rangitoto Island They say, you only live once What with volcanic hazards and possible reawakening of volcanic activity, this place is entirely too beautiful. Then again, beautiful things are dangerous. The Auckland volcanic field is […]

Travel-diary: Mirabellgarten of Salzburg, Austria

Gorgeous flowers in a heart of a beautiful city. Couldn’t help falling in love with the immaculate garden, the Papagena fountain and greenhouse Orangerie The very garden where Sound of Music was filmed Gates to the horticultural masterpiece Mirabell Palace, which houses the offices of Salzburg’s mayor and the municipal council The palace where flowers […]

Travel-diary: Shooting at Top Gun, Houston

With the M4V7 rifle, loving every round of firing for the first time The range really has all possible equipment for a real great firing experience Am so gonna go back and try the machine guns!! Top Gun 5901 Beverlyhill St, Houston, TX

Travel-diary: Haight-Ashbury, San Francisco

Welcome to Hippie-Land!

Travel-diary: Biergarten Hofbrauhaus

Fun fact: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart lived around the block from the Hofbrauhaus in the late eighteenth century. Mozart revealed in a poem to have written the opera Idomeneo after several visits to the beer hall. The place for beer lovers For the love of meat And the famous German pork knuckles Digging in! Basically a […]

Travel-diary: Dachau Concentration Camp, Munich

Exceedingly bright and cloudless summer day spent at Dachau, Germany’s longest running Jewish concentration camp Here we are at the gate, where 60,000 Jews entered but never left. (admittedly, we look a tad too happy for the solemnity, but it’s a tourist thing) To be honest it could be a lovely walk in the park […]

Travel-diary: Melbourne

Perhaps I’m not too much of a winter person. Hiding from the incessant drizzle in the heated warmth of the hotel just shows what a coward I am! Checked in at Rendezvous Melbourne in the evening. Dinner was at Nando’s, before bumming with Rena and watching Running Man till we almost dropped dead from laughing […]

Travel-diary: Denmark

Nyhavn, Copenhagen Home of Hans Christian Andersen Legendary Mermaid a la Ariel Lovely Park in the vicinity of the mermaid The grassland is a star-shape from the bird’s eyeview Wind’s too strong >< Change of Guards WIND IS TOO STRONG…love the weather 🙂 CHURROS!!! Stroget Street, Denmark Toys Are Us HOTDOGS

we lived through a lifetime and the aftermath

For someone who’s a firm believer in New Year Resolutions, I’m not entirely convinced of its life-changing capabilities. Once in a while I look back upon my annual mandate, written with fervent excitement over the promise of a brand new year… “2011….I will make more friends, smile too often, take too many bad polaroids, go […]