Red Rouby

It’s 1.35 am and I am sure insanity is right around the corner. There is so much literal and physical clutter everywhere and it looks like this is the way it’ll be until the circuit breaks. Every day I try to start the day with something non-work to balance out this lunacy; but I make…

The Wedding Guild

For all its optimism, 2020 has definitely found a way to answer anyone who’s ever made a foolish prayer for gullible idealistic things like ‘strength’ and ‘courage’ – because like Oprah once said, when you ask God for patience, he’s not going to just give you patience; He’s going to make you go through everything…

Sunday In the Blink of an Eye

Spent the first Sunday of February on top of the world by finally meeting this girl, after what seems like, I don’t know. 6 months? A year? Perhaps the only good thing that comes out from not being able to meet that frequently is that the hours just whizz by with rambling conversations; parcel exchanges…

A Confetti & Champagne Kind of Weekend

Ushered in 2020 with a long-awaited catch-up weekend accompanied with lots of balloons, floats, and magnificent company. 🌼 Time with old friends, in my opinion, remains one of life’s most sacred pleasures. And the grandest thing has always been the feeling like it was only just yesterday that we this and we that… Indeed, the…

If Nostalgia Were A Colour

Seemingly, it feels like I have lost my mind somewhere in the social media and blogging sphere, and here’s proof that you’re… actually correct. 2020 (or rather, the last quarter of 2019) started with a strong quest to move out of my blogging comfort zone and take this whole travel writing thing a tad more…

6 Ways to Discover Tainan in a Day

Compared to the frenetic pull of Taipei’s energy, Tainan’s tranquility makes its old world elegance impossibly hard to ignore. Life is extraordinarily slow-paced here, and as the oldest city and former capital of the country, this often-overlooked world-of-its-own is proving to be every bit the microcosm of its land. From the lure of its imperial history…

Discovering Taichung In 9 Stops

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: you can spend one month in every major city in Taiwan, and still feel like you need more time. Such is the woes of a traveller who finds himself/herself in a country as ravishingly blessed as this, where breathtaking nature is backed by dynamic cosmopolitan living…

Wild Ideas with Love & Logic

I’ve harboured the craziest idea of checking in at all thirteen states of Malaysia for the longest time. I figured it makes sense to know your neighbour and know her well. But, the thing about braving a crazy idea is that it needs a lot of push to overcome that initial bit of hesitation-lag. A…

Taichung In 9 Stops

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: you can spend one month in every major city in Taiwan, and still feel like you need more time. Such is the woes of a traveller who finds himself/herself in a country as ravishingly blessed as this, where breathtaking nature is backed by dynamic cosmopolitan living…

5 Different Shopping Adventures to Uncover in Taipei

There are few more evocative experiences than shopping in Taipei. From the bargain hunting troughs of Wu Fen Pu to the peak of luxury shopping at Taiwan 101, it seems like when you’re in this city, when it comes to shopping, all you need to do is think, and there it’ll be. It is, after…

Random Notes From A Taiwanese Adventure

So here’s my slightly idealistic plans to jot down more snippets from my 2 weeks in Taiwan because if I leave it too long I might never get around to it at all: 1. There are not enough bins in the country. 2. And strangely, there is almost zero litter which, considering the amount of…

Shadows of Khoo Tsu Song Mansion

Taiwan has been such a magnificent explosion to the senses so far. As trodden and toured as this part of East Asia is, somehow, everything still feels so wildly authentic to me. Every day is just packed to the brim with new streets to explore, new food to discover, new people to meet. I hate chatting…