I love going back to Beijing, it always feels like my second home. Having spent 5 years living there, and the years my friends and I call “the years we grew into adults”. There, I made life long friends – many who now live across the globe, but we always remained in touch. It’s also […]

We stayed at Suvretta House earlier this year in January for the St Moritz Gourmet Festival that takes place every winter, and concluded with a fabulous party at Badrutt Palace. St Moritz is a curious little place that pretty much comes alive for two seasons – the winter and the summer. It’s also the city […]

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I’ve decided to condense my reading into lists instead of individual posts. Partly because I’m so far behind updating the blog regularly. One of the reasons why I love going to the library is that it holds me accountable to finish my books in a slated time. I have many books I’ve bought on my […]

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We’re halfway through the year and I was just stocktaking changes I’ve made for a more purposeful, sustainable life. I’m actively making small changes to my every day life to be kinder to the planet. 1. If you live in Hong Kong, you must check out Hong Kong composting, an initiative by a friend Ming. […]

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I found this memoire really refreshing. As far as autobiographies go, Uneducated by Tara Westover is a brilliant read. It’s thoughtful, charming and just fascinating to know that the author didn’t go to school until she was 17 and till then only read two books: the Bible and the Book of Mormons. The narrative is […]

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This book is full of treasure nuggets on how to live a better life – a handbook for living truly sums it up. You might want to take your time to digest everything in here and reflect. I always thought the Dalai Lama was invincible and so zen that he was spared the sufferings of […]

I haven’t been back to Italy since I left in 2006, then with a heavy heart and began a new chapter in life in Beijing. I forgot how much I miss the food, the fresh coffee and the beautiful produce and friendly wildly gesturing people. We ate wild caught sustainable seafood daily, and it was […]

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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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