Convos overheard #6

“Something is missing from my diet.” –a friend on not having had frozen yogurt for a while * “Perfection is boring.” –on going the wrong route * “Sounds like an excuse for everything.” -in response to above statement * “I will stab myself before I get stabbed by someone else.” * “Wow. This is such a […]

Convos overheard #4

“Bring him to Batam! Bachelor night, one-night stand!” –overheard in a cafeteria * “Oh my god, rape me before you rape my name!” -defender of his name * “Don’t say things that people want to hear. Say the things you really feel.” -advice to young people embarking on a new journey * “I spent a lifetime building […]

Convos overheard #3

“Learn to love across the boundaries of otherness.” –Shelly Bryant at Singapore Writers Festival 2017 * “But she’s not even pretty.” -on Sophia the robot becoming a citizen of Saudi Arabia * “The air is soooooo fresh!” -after a bout of heavy rain * “Are you wearing lipstick? Who are you trying to impress?” -convo between old friends […]

Growing love for chai tea latte…

I’m sitting by the door, watching the world go by. My view is uninterrupted – buses, cars and motorcycles turn on their headlights and find their way home. My table is full of the usual: books half-opened, pens attempting to roll off and my cup of hot chai tea latte. I’ve come to enjoy this drink […]

Of friendships and a failing memory…

I don’t have that many friends. I can’t say I have a best friend because… well, how can I say that one person is my best friend and she/he doesn’t feel the same way? Can I have best friends instead? Also, how do you draw the line between a friend and an acquaintance? But what I can say […]

What a year!

What a year 2016 has been! I flipped through my diary, then penned my last post for the year. My first diary entry in 2016 mentioned a goal that I had, which was to promote local literary works in someways or another. I guess that goal got forgotten along the months, and it came back […]

Beauty of language

It’s amazing how words can convey so much meaning, isn’t it?  How a few simple words can express all forms of emotions: happiness, sadness, anger, frustration, gratefulness… Regardless of the language, it’s this universality of words that is able to convey one’s inner thoughts without being too direct.  For instance: “Unwanted boy becomes a wanted […]