Chacun À Son Goût

The itch to go off on a tangent may sound like a splendid arrangement at the outset; in lieu of sticking around a frowsty, threadbare laboratory after two o’clock in the afternoon on a protracted school day, wearisomely striving to fully grasp the significance of the periodic table, how about a loosey-goosey field trip to…

27 Exposures: Uno

My first single-use camera was named after Joseph Sugg, an up-and-coming YouTuber who had inspired me, ere my third visit to Taiwan, to procure the démodé device and experiment with old-fashioned photography. In two of his vlogs, he revealed a handful of remarkable images—contrived and candid alike—of effulgent subjects, lively soirées, and joie de vivre….

Pilgrimage

On foot of the persistent and worrisome decline in birth rates in Singapore since the 1960s, the Ministry of Education issued a communiqué on April 20 to apprise the general public of the amalgamations of fourteen primary schools, six secondary schools, as well as eight junior colleges in 2019. In spite of its clear-sightedness, this…

Chef-D’œuvre

Last November, when my family non-committally toyed with the idea of a mini-break to Sydney, Australia but ultimately settled for Seoul, South Korea, I had been religiously looking forward to the trip ever since. From reuniting with my aunt and cousin after four plodding months to beating a hasty retreat from work and responsibilities and…

Bright-Eyed And Bushy-Tailed

Five Christmases ago, I was nineteen years old and a third-year student at polytechnic. I frowned, quizzically and dispiritedly, when at dinner time one evening a distant acquaintance rested an autographed self-help book onto my palms. “Thank you!” I chirped dryly. “You are welcome!” she plainly acknowledged before vanishing into a melee of family members…

There Is No Rose Without A Thorn

I am a twenty-something, permanently enervated financial advisor. Besides periodically indulging in cups of joe throughout the day just for the hell of it, more often than not, I hinge on them to vanquish fatigue and yawns. Coffee is practically the epitome of a lifesaver when it comes to uncharismatic clients or soul-destroying, inconsequential tête-à-têtes….