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I finished The Tattooist of Auschwitz in a few hours in one sitting. It’s based on a true love story of harrowing times during the Holocaust, the story of Lale Sokolov retold by New Zealand author Heather Morris. I wasn’t looking for factual accuracy when I read this, because it’s anecdotal, personal and inevitably filled with […]

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This book has added so much more value to my life. Diving into the life of trees and learning about the greater ecosystem and nature. Given that this year’s global wellness trend has “forest bathing” and nature-related activities trending, this book is a brilliant read befitting this time and place. We’ve taken nature for granted […]

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I had an amazing history tour of the Happy Valley cemeteries with historian Jason Wordie and cannot recommend it enough. He only does the tours for Hong Kong residents or people who grew up/worked here and have an idea of the city’s geography. So, unfortunately, the depth and breadth that he covers Hong Kong are […]

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It’s the time of the year – Art Month! Hong Kong Art Central and Art Basel. I had fallen so far behind blogging and have just rejuvenated this space in 2019 – not bothered who’s reading or who ends up here but keeping up with a habit that always sparked joy. Don’t worry this year’s […]

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I was never big on celebrations or birthdays, and have been mindfully working on celebrating the little joys every day with gratitude. There’s a great book “Joy on Demand” by training the conscious mind to recognise these little moments. I don’t want to make a whole song and dance about the whole thing, so I’ve […]

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This was a quick and fabulous read. The idea of trying to establish a new life as an immigrant or refugee in a new country is not lost on me given that my grandparents were immigrants to Singapore in the late 19th century and early 20th century, and as a 2nd generation Singaporean, my life has […]

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The last book I read by Haddon was The Curious Incident of The Dog over a decade ago and I recently went to the theatre to watch the play – which gave it more dimension. It’s also because most of my friends have children these days and some of them with special needs, it was […]

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I haven’ t been big on the festive celebrations where everyone seem to go all out to party like there’s no tomorrow. Since going through cancer treatment and the gift that won’t stop giving – the reverberating side effects of chronic pain – my body feels broken from the inside out, I have been trying […]

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I didn’t expect to enjoy this book as much as I did. The book peers into the psyche and dynamics of a Korean immigrant family and growing up first generation American with pedantic values and the psychology of poverty and lack, with the horrors of war not far behind their parents who immigrated to America. […]

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I’ve fallen behind the blog again with plenty deadlines and my recent obsession with sewing an entire wardrobe for my baby niece. Edward St Aubyn’s book was a fantastic read, a little dark and emotive, with the unique perspective of a baby and toddler child in a seemingly adult voice juxtaposed against his parents and […]

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