The Magic of Kampong Glam | A Humble Homesick Singaporean Pays Homage

The Magic of Kampong Glam | A Humble Homesick Singaporean Pays Homage

There is a magic to Kampong Glam that I cannot put into words. It is perhaps a magic that only I feel and only I know. Continue reading The Magic of Kampong Glam | A Humble Homesick Singaporean Pays Homage

The Journey from Bookkeeping to Poetry

The Journey from Bookkeeping to Poetry

Apprentice-style learn-by-doing is a trademark of Gujarati businesses. I had learnt under a master from the day I emerged from the womb. Business school felt trivial and theoretical in comparison. During my first year, I gave my lecturers a hard time by misbehaving and sleeping in class. My good grades came as a surprise to them. Who needs school when life is our best teacher? Continue reading The Journey from Bookkeeping to Poetry

Snippets from the Singapore Trishaw Rendezvous

Snippets from the Singapore Trishaw Rendezvous

“In 1991,” I tell my best friend imitating my dad’s best nostalgic old man voice, “when I was a kindergarten, I used to take a trishaw to go to school.”

How much Singapore has changed. You know you’re getting old when you start stories with the year and constantly reference back to “my time”. It didn’t help that the trishaw uncle was doing the same. Continue reading Snippets from the Singapore Trishaw Rendezvous

I’ll always call Singapore home

I’ll always call Singapore home

As a third culture kid, home is everywhere and nowhere in particular. For a long time now, I’ve felt like the tortoise that carries its home on its back. Home is a feeling – a place in my heart, not a physical location. And yet every time I come back to Singapore, I remember that this is where I was born. I grew up in this city. It is familiar to me. Always will be. But I’ve lived so many lifetimes in the 11 years since leaving Singapore that I feel I’ve outgrown the streets and alleys of my childhood.  Continue reading I’ll always call Singapore home