Books I Read: Some stuff I took off my to-read pile (1)

I’ve been offline recently, and wonderfully productive as a consequence! Here’s part (1) of the list I took off my to-read pile, with notes on whatever wisdom I’ve gleaned. Hopefully, you’ll have a more profitable time with the gems and avoid some of the duds. SingLit YA I don’t usually read YA, but I’m so … Continue reading

What’s tang yuan got to do with the COP?

Today is Tong Zhi, the peak of winter. Up north in China, where some of my ancestors originated, they’ll be looking forward to longer days and shorter warmer nights. It’s an expectation they’ll celebrate with tang yuan, sticky rice balls slathered in syrup. And, over here in my Little Red Dot on the equator, I’ll … Continue reading

Books I Read: Want to face your fears about ID theft and computer stalkers?

I’ve been reading scary books all month. Here’s my recommendation for the two scariest if you want to face your fears about technology, stalkers and ID theft — That Nightby Nidhi Upadhyay and Await Your Reply by Dan Chaon. These two stories are about humans who hide behind false identities and use electronic networks to … Continue reading

Re-Posting: Yvonne Adhiambo and A God Who Wails and Dances

One can’t help but shout out when all the stars align. A conversation between Erika Koss and a writer I respect, with mention of a book I loved, in a quarterly journal I devour the moment it comes online, then savour again at my leisure when the hardcopy arrives. It would be selfish to keep … Continue reading

A Father’s Day Reflection on Family, Citizens and Office Holders

When the first Facebook posting of the Lee family’s disputes appeared, my interest was piqued. Then came the ripostes from the Prime Minister and I became confused. It’s a veritable reality TV show now and I’m alarmed. As with all developments in life, including our national life, this is an opportunity to learn.  It is … Continue reading

Somtimes Words Help

Memoirs of a Kampung Girl

Originally posted on A Leaf in Springtime:
I dedicate this post to all my friends in Malaysia who made my growing up years one which I always look back with a quiet contentment in my heart. And a huge grin on my face. You taught me that friendship had nothing to do with the colour…

Where has your muse taken you?

No dear reader … it wasn’t me, it was my muse. When I re-launched Learning to Fly as an e-book, I hadn’t expected so many curious readers and a bunch of positive reviews. I hadn’t expected the positive reader engagement either, with so many people curious about how the story came about.  So, here’s, the … Continue reading

Kuala Lumpur – A Sizzling Fling

Originally posted on THE VIBE 101:
Kuala Lumpur – central business district Kuala Lumpur (KL) is hot, damn hot! As soon as I stepped off the plane, the humidity slapped me right in the face. But it’s not just the weather that’s scorching; it’s the food, the atmosphere and the shopping! After spending just over a…

A conversation across hemispheres – Kathleen Caron interviews me

My friend Kathleen Caron, who blogs at {full of life} soul food, interviewed me this week. The secret of giving a good interview is the questions. Kathleen is great at reaching out and getting to the heart of the matter. What I discovered in the interview is how strongly I feel that despite our differences, we’re … Continue reading