On the heels of a Slovenian couple in the Yishun town centre, seeing them look at banners and advertisements with wonder, staring curiously at coffee shops dishing out run-of-the-mill fare…

Always hold on to the loveliness of the quotidian, always remind yourself that the best way to make a living is by offering what you can give…. I hope I will always leave my mark on this world




You are excitable and sentimental.

You are empathetic: you feel what others feel and are compassionate towards them. You are accommodating: you are easy to please and try to avoid confrontation. And you are calm-seeking: you prefer activities that are quiet, calm, and safe.

Your choices are driven by a desire for well-being.

You consider helping others to guide a large part of what you do: you think it is important to take care of the people around you. You are relatively unconcerned with tradition: you care more about making your own path than following what others have done.

interesting! from this quiz:

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I’ve been thinking about how important it is for me to be enthralled by my surroundings, to find meaning and purpose in what I do, no matter how small or insiginificant…

I’ve been thinking about what it means to rediscover your environment, to keep seeing things in a new light, to not give in to the monotony of day in, day out routine…

I have a secret wish. That the more I keep foraging amidst the contours of my island city state, the more I will understand its intricate nooks and crevices, the more I will be able to achieve a more humanistic understanding of its various locales.

Singapore, how much do I know you, how little do I know you?

I will stay positive, keep being keening, keep looking for the right questions to ask.


-Exercise frequently! Don’t let morning lethargy be an excuse
-Keep getting involved with different things
-Thrive on arts/creativity
-Don’t think negative! Think of how far you have come and how much you have to offer


things that I still keep doing wrong:

-pressing button number 12 on the lift
-forgetting to tap out of the bus
-feeling surprised at being able to get data on the train

I miss the Overground, the 242. the announcements on the bus going through Oswald Street, Mandeville Street, Daubeney Road….Liverpool Street, Shoreditch, revellers on the night, people saying hi….

I miss our concierge. I miss the kids going to school.

Ah it’s the beginnings that always take some time. Let’s keep going, planning, visiting things…make the most of every single year


ah the aura of Asia. So psychologically destabilizing if you’re not used to it, calm placid Singapore, the tepid haze, the sounds that you hear at night that are so different from the quiet of a wintry European night…crickets, chirping, warm tropical buzz.

I’m glad to be home (for now), surrounded by family and friends, luxuriating in the comfort of routine….but I am still enamoured by the promise of mystique, of stories and adventures that await, of new cities and buildings to sink my roots in….