Life does not need a prep course

  The other day, a friend was crying over her relationship. She’s been in a similar state for over a year now. I brought up the possibility of breaking up. “I can’t. I just can’t do it. I’m not as brave as you are.” I nearly sputtered my tea all over the already tear-stained table….

The story of a heart

“Listen to your heart,” sang Roxette. Words that sound innocuous enough but for some people it is a lifetime battle to do this task justice. It obviously doesn’t help that your heart speaks a strange, garbled language. Perhaps, Elvish. Perhaps, something else. I don’t know. It doesn’t help that it whispers. Or rather barely whispers and…

Here’s a piece of advice

This is what I’ve realised about advice – it’s got a hell a lot to do with the person giving it. It’s about their own fear about uncertainty or death. It’s about their discomfort with pain. It’s about not wanting to face the fact that sometimes life is not in their own hands. A good…

Living serendipitously

I was reading the guardian article about Sebastiano Magnanini. He had tried to steal a $1M painting in Venice. He worked as a high-end tour guide at the temples of Siem Reap and Phnom Penh. According to his friends, he knew everything about the history of those temples. He was neighbours with a sculptor, Sarah…

Living with faith and trust is brutal business

Before going to University, I applied for tonnes of Government scholarships in Singapore. These scholarships would have bound me to a profession I knew nothing about for at least 6 years. But I had no concept of this at that time. All I could think of was that I needed to find a way to…

Laughed at by the Gods

(I was inspired to write this after catching AMY, Asif Kapadia’s documentary on Amy Winehouse. If you haven’t caught it, go catch it. It’s one of the most brutal, uncomfortable but totally brilliant movies you’ll probably catch this year) The world can always be divided between two types of people. One of the differentiators is…

WORKTALK #4: CHUNG DEMING, RE-CONSTRUCTING THE FAMILIAR FAVOURITES

You might know him as the person behind the luscious dessert, Durian Creme Brûlée but Chung Deming has also started his own restaurant – The Quarters serves Deming’s unique take on modern Singapore cuisine, including his personal favourite, chilli crab pasta. 1. What did you want to be when you grow up? A car-rally driver. Or…