HY4227: Sources of Singaporean History was one of the weird, incredibly enjoyable classes I took as a History major at NUS. By zeroing in on just ONE year in Singaporean history, and using every source we could reasonably locate about the year, we were tasked to research on, and present our findings about selected topics […]Read more "Flying Solo: a short story"
The problem with me is that I don’t give up. No, i don’t mean that in a humble-bragging kind of way. There’s supposed to be an element of underlying awe, respect and homage paid to someone when you say that a person doesn’t know when they’re beaten. This isn’t it. The problem with me is […]Read more "The Curse of Optimism"
“We can redream this world and make the dream come true. Human beings are gods hidden from themselves.” | Ben Okri And when the youngest tip of your iceberg implodes in fiery chaos, remember that you are also the great, ancient bones of your old struggles, mountain-vast and dream-strong. We can be born anew from […]Read more "The Paradox of the Present"
I hope you disagree with me. This has, as usual, been an interesting week. I’ve learnt many things, and re-learned others. One of the things I have re-learned is a fact about myself: little things can get me down, and feeling things I should not be feeling. In this particular instance, it was an ambiguous […]Read more "The Freedom of Resistance"
So, have you purchased your opinion about the US Elections? Don’t cultivate one, that takes too much time! Just pluck one from your Facebook newsfeed, quick and simple! That’s how we do human relationships these days too, so why not? This is another one of my speedy bite-size posts, in part to rebel against Lengthy […]Read more "The Atom Age: Meandering Thoughts on the US Presidential Elections"
After days of mountain roads and dusty towns, Vientiane poked out of the landscape like a haphazard vision of order and opulence. As far as capital cities go Vientiane (“Vieng-chang”) is a tidy and serene place. It’s like that agreeable friend in the background, always ready with an amiable opinion. A serene place to have […]Read more "The Vistas of Vientiane"
(The morning after) There is a familiar, gentle ache in my thighs, in my body, in the very navel of my spirit, like an old friend come to call. This is the reward of an eight-hour climb in the rainforest. Why do we climb? For some, it is a quiet opportunity to be with God; […]Read more "Why We Climb"