A Gentle Rocking Breeze

Out of the blue, she was missing him tonight. It was almost a year since their last text (12th April, to be very exact). This she affirmed with the texting app, and at that moment she scrolled to his chat, he was ‘Online’. When they say technology was a bane of romance there weren’t a singleContinue reading “A Gentle Rocking Breeze”

♛ SCARLET CAROUSEL | OO3

{Installation} – [oo3] Life would be an endgame if we knew it all. February 2017 South Korea Even Las Vegas was in boycott of his calls. Pierre consciously fights the urge to crush the identical twin of his own cellphone in his palm. Calls to his Nagasaki hometown, directed to the comrade who had handedContinue reading “♛ SCARLET CAROUSEL | OO3”

Book Review: I Heart London

Published June 7th 2012 by Harper Book Number 5 brings Angela back in full circle. She is summoned home for her mom’s 60th birthday party to a weed-rolling dad, and an ex-fiance who still wishes to stick his tongue down her throat. Plus her mom convinced the family and friends to hold the Angela-Alex weddingContinue reading “Book Review: I Heart London”

Book Review: I Heart Vegas

Published by Harper, 2011 Unemployed: check. Deportation notice: check. Next stop: Las Vegas! Best friend Jenny treats Angela to a weekend at Vegas with her new room-mate, supermodel Sadie. Concurrently, Jenny’s ex-boyfriend Jeff, currently engaged, takes his posse on a stag night slash strip-club weekend to Vegas. Something smells fishy…or does it? The chapel ofContinue reading “Book Review: I Heart Vegas”

Book Review: I Heart Paris

Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks Date Published: January 1st 2010 My Ratings: 7 / 10 Yes I truly heart Paris! With all due bias, this is my favorite in the series. Set in my dream city to live in someday, the third installation captures the mystery and allure of Paris. The Alex/Angela relationship takes a nosediveContinue reading “Book Review: I Heart Paris”

Book Review: The Food of Love

I’ve truly learnt a lot of Italian phrases from Anthony Capella and here are some of my favourites: “…what your first Italian date told you to say to anyone who got fresh with you..” 1.“Cacati in mano e prenditi a schiaffi” lit: Take a shit on your hands and then smack your own face 2.“Lei e’unContinue reading “Book Review: The Food of Love”

You don’t have to say you love me

“I suppose the things that you always take for granted, that you don’t even notice, are what you miss the most.” — Sarra Manning (You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me)

the next crazy venture

“What is that feeling when you’re driving away from people and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing? – it’s the too-huge world vaulting us, and it’s good-bye. But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies.” ― Jack Kerouac, On the Road

A Hat Full of Sky

“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.” ― Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full of Sky

oo4 ✦ Dangerous Mind ✦

The kids today are gone away petitioning the dust Just misfit melancholy dregs gone lost in the mall Wanderers to nowhere at all It was never in Max’s honest intentions to fall asleep with his head in Devynn’s lap. It was never in his expectations that she would stay to watch him fall asleep. SheContinue reading “oo4 ✦ Dangerous Mind ✦”

oo3 ✦ Dangerous Mind ✦

In so many ways we live to follow the sun In so many ways we exalt and fail as one In so many ways we want so bad to be done “Now be a good boy, Max, hold on to this white bag. Wait at that junction for a man in a black trenchcoat. YouContinue reading “oo3 ✦ Dangerous Mind ✦”

oo2 ✦ Dangerous Mind ✦

Don’t you think you’ve had enough Do their claws make sores Take my hand and come away “We have with us a fresh face from Seoul, where many of you were from. Make him feel welcome. Please come in, Max.” Stoicly, Max stepped in. He scanned the classroom, his gaze never faltering when his eyesContinue reading “oo2 ✦ Dangerous Mind ✦”

oo1 ✦ Dangerous Mind ✦

The night is long – shadows grow on my wall I’m calling out but no one’s home; Cause paranoia is the only friend I know Street lamps dimmed promptly at midnight, signalling the witching hours. A rented motorbike cruised along the Kan-Etsu expressway at a speed enough to give the common man a heart attack.Continue reading “oo1 ✦ Dangerous Mind ✦”

♛ Scarlet Carousel | oo2

{Installation} – [oo2] Noemie Matsumoto is accustomed to getting what she wants. A girl with a purpose. February 2017 South Korea “Noemie is late! I tried dialling her cellphone but it’s been going straight to voicemail.” “I wouldn’t be too worried. Knowing Noemie, she’s possibly hooked up with some fella on her way to Miller’s.”Continue reading “♛ Scarlet Carousel | oo2”

♛ Scarlet Carousel | oo1

{Installation} – [oo1] …he rolls the strange word around his tongue, “Home.” To a vagabond, the concept of belonging constantly emerges as an entirely new sensation. January 2017 South Korea Jae cruises down Myeongdong alley, slows down only to briefly admire a pair of attractive well-heeled legs that were thinly veiled by sheer hosiery, elegantlyContinue reading “♛ Scarlet Carousel | oo1”

♛ Scarlet Carousel | Prologue V

{Prologue} Noemie Matsumoto’s 2017, South Korea When Noemie first laid eyes upon his handsomely flawed face, her heart squeezed with unexplained intrigue. Everything about him screamed perfection, right down to his seeming lack of passion for love, lust and women, which was totally atypical considering his type. Usually, a once-over was Noemie required to haveContinue reading “♛ Scarlet Carousel | Prologue V”

♛ Scarlet Carousel | Prologue IV

{Prologue} Eiji Saito’s 1999 Fukushima Sunshine boy!  Back home in Fukushima, the old lady with the limp at the convenience store welcomed her favourite elementary school boy with a daily tube of chocolate mint candies. Before her passing, Eiji crossed the street twice a day just to say hello and accepted her gifts with greatContinue reading “♛ Scarlet Carousel | Prologue IV”

♛ Scarlet Carousel | Prologue III

{Prologue} Jae (Song Jae Won)’s 1999 South Korea They wouldn’t let me out. When I finally shoved past the barricade of arms, and barreled out of the bedroom into Dad’s chamber where the loud noises echoed, I had to cough hard to clear my lungs. Clouds of smoke in the air were far too viscous toContinue reading “♛ Scarlet Carousel | Prologue III”

♛ Scarlet Carousel | Prologue II

{Prologue} Pierre, Kim Sarkozy’s 1999 South Korea His last words were: “Do not speak a word of what you saw.” I closed my eyes, unable to shut out the splatter of blood across the chamber; a scarlet sea of power and savagery. No, I couldn’t stay hidden and let this happen. I rose from myContinue reading “♛ Scarlet Carousel | Prologue II”

♛ Scarlet Carousel | Prologue

{Prologue} Reina Yamaguchi’s 1999 Nagoya To most children, the boogeyman and clowns were stuff of nightmares. But she had long associated fear with the sickly sweet scent of candy floss, and vibrant colours. In the nebula of her subconscious, colours haunted her dreams and taunted her waking hours. When she allowed herself to close herContinue reading “♛ Scarlet Carousel | Prologue”