Monthly Archives: December 2023

Death of the Year: The Beloved Old Lady Rests

This year, my dad experienced the loss of three sisters, yet there was no drama. Contrast those deaths with this death: One Tuesday night in March, the beloved old lady’s MDW (Migrant Domestic Worker, Singapore government’s official term for “foreign … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas!

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Roia, Singapore Botanic Gardens

Roia, the newly-opened French fine-dining restaurant is housed in the former residence of colonial-era assistant director of the Botanical Gardens. (The Gardens is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.) Roia is helmed by a 33-year-old chef who is the recipient … Continue reading

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A Constant Ache

I woke up to the familiar aroma of freshly brewed coffee wafting through the air, mingling with the comforting scent of toast browning in the oven. It was an aroma that always reminded me of home, of warmth, and of … Continue reading

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Fukushima Water, OK?

In August, Japan initiated the gradual release of over a million tons of treated radioactive water stored at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant into the Pacific Ocean. It is expected to take decades to release all of the water … Continue reading

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Embrace Your Inner Hermit: Savor the Solitude of Solo Travel!

In a recent survey, it turns out that about half of the British adults who were asked really, really look forward to their holidays. Like, they seriously live for them! And get this, around a third of the folks are … Continue reading

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Confirmed Croaked!

Heinz Alfred Kissinger, a figure synonymous with moral bankruptcy, orchestrated a heinous chapter in US history by spearheading the indiscriminate three-year long carpet-bombing of Cambodia during the Vietnam War. This ruthless secret campaign claimed the lives of at least 150,000 … Continue reading

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