Contemplative

About honouring someone’s life

Much has been said in the wake of Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s passing. One of the more cynical responses from those of my demographic seems to be: “Why should I cry? He wasn’t my Ah Gong.” This got to me because it…

Terry Pratchett: a fan’s remembrances

Terry Pratchett: a fan’s remembrances

AT LAST, SIR TERRY, WE MUST WALK TOGETHER. — Terry Pratchett (@terryandrob) March 12, 2015 To me, the great thing about Terry Pratchett​’s stories is that they didn’t just give us magic. They enabled us to create magic of our own, through…

Hi-ho, Hi-ho, It’s Off To Work I Go

Hi-ho, Hi-ho, It’s Off To Work I Go

It’s a Friday afternoon, and I’m finishing up some projects on my laptop while Katy naps. This is the last weekday afternoon in the foreseeable future where I’ll be able to do this: by the time this post goes live,…

My Father, The Troublemaker

My Father, The Troublemaker

I’m very fond of my dad for a number of reasons. Of late I’ve been particularly impressed by his knack of calling out people and things that don’t make sense to him. He told off a young couple for necking on the MRT in full…

Counting My Blessings

Counting My Blessings

After a morning of fighting with product warranties, proofs of purchase and dingbat customer service staff, I have decided to stop feeling frustrated and start being grateful instead. – For my daughter, who is amazingly cute even when she’s throwing…

Childhood Canings Cast Long Shadows

If you grew up in the 80s in a middle-class home in Singapore, you probably experienced the kind of childhood punishments that would make your Western friends clutch their pearls and gasp that no one called Child Protective Services. Getting…

The One Where My Grandma Tells A War Story

My 88-year-old Popo, my maternal grandma, has a lot of great stories to tell. She doesn’t come up with them on demand, though. You have to ride her train of thought long enough until she lights upon a good one…

Because I’m Feeling Grateful

Because I’m Feeling Grateful

I wanted to write about the experience of receiving constant unsolicited advice during this pregnancy. But I didn’t like how negative I sounded, so instead here is a great list of Things You Should Never Say To A Pregnant Woman. (#1, #4…

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