A Year of Old Habits

How are you approaching your post-January resolution follow-up? For once, mine is looking… non-bleak. After thirty-three long years, I have discovered that perhaps the best way to keeping your new year’s resolution oath is to either not have any; or be vague about it. I tried the former for a good decade or so before…

[A Book Review] Learning to Talk, by Hilary Mantel

I must say this shamelessly that I’ve never been a purist when it comes to fiction… until it concerns Booker Prize fiction, which everyone knows is a different kind of of fiction and upon which I promptly morph into a stuffy little aristarch that you spot across the room and just can’t help but want…

#MardhigRah

There’s something you need to know before we move on. I love weddings. I love weddings in all shapes and sizes. I love weddings in all cultures. And I love weddings, even as people try desperately to correct me that no-it-is-not-a-wedding-it-is-an-engagement-and-no-they-are-not-the-same-thing. I am known to have never turned down a wedding invite (except for that…

Holiday Perks

The only thing sweeter than these cookies from Bitten & Co., was the the person who surprised me with it. I miss writing, but lately I find myself perpetually stuck in a brain stutter whenever I try to start a post. It glazes over all my ideas, stumbling over sentences that I can’t seem to…

[A Book Review] Bombay Stories, by Saadat Hasan Manto

I’ll be honest. I didn’t quite enjoy this as much as I expected I would. Somewhere in my mid twenties, I developed a strong affinity toward Asian, Indian, and Middle Eastern literature. In libraries, stands, airport book shops, these were always the titles that drew me in like a fly to a flame; leaving me…

chia seeds x bubbles

Thirteen years in, and I find that I am secretly relieved that there is still magic in my wonder when it comes to the kids. Natalie was the first of everything when she arrived; and at 20, I was very new to all that pinkness and milk spots and gurgles and cream fresh baby smells…

Yums In Our Tums

It’s counter-intuitive but I never get tired of old things. Or friends. The day began – belatedly, and with no amusement to Carmen, who loathes lateness – with bubble tea and $30 worth of Old Chang Kee. And it ended just, perfect. To Mia and Androgie.

[A Book Review] Stay With Me, by Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀

“The reasons why we do the things we do will not always be the ones that others will remember.” It is hard to believe that Stay With Me is just Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀’s debut novel. Her writing is an absolute masterclass in subtlety that explores the nuances of storytelling, and is a tale of humanity that…

Lasallian

Minor things, but things that matter. ❤️ It appears I am going absolutely nowhere with my one and only resolution of 2020, which is to be a little more mindful in the way I live: re-establish connections with old friends; meet up more often with the ones I love; start crafting, walk, write more, pick…

Sunday Social

Lazy Sundays with Elin call for long lunches that turn into tea and wandering about town. The uniform is always a cafe – the more whimsical the better – and so this time, we kicked off our reunion at Potato Head. For some reason, we did away completely with a proper meal and shared only…

Starting Off on the Right Food

I think there is something quite remarkable about Lucius in that he never fails to keep up the meet-ups – even as I continue to cling on to my title of being an anti-social butterfly. I guarantee you, it is by no stroke of luck or coincidence that he ended up being the first person…