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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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The topic of the trailing spouse has been written about for years and there have been plenty of women who articulate it so well. Some people take offence with the negative connotations attached to the term, but I’ve finally made peace with the label. I’m still crawling along trying to figure out my place in […]

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It’s the first Ha Jin book I’ve picked up and really enjoyed it. The narrative was straightforward and engaging – written in the time and context of 1980s Beijing up until the Tian an’men incident. A narrative told through a well-respected professor turned ill and derange and future son-in-law that dives into the era of […]

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It was my first time at Rise this year. What a great line up of speakers, exhibitors on the latest tech innovations. Also, noted the efforts at making the event a more sustainable and pleasant one – metal cutleries in the media village, wooden biodegradable cutleries at the eateries and recycling stations that carefully separated […]

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I was just watching National Geographic with friends on the telly last night and there was a documentary “The History of Food” with chefs, historians, authors and anthropologists discussing the state of fish in the world over making good fish and chips. As I was teaching in my Anthropology module class at Macao’s IFT, in […]

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This book is brilliant and I wished I’d read it before I taught the Food & Culture anthropology module at Macao’s IFT. It’s an easy short read all about edible history that takes you through trade routes, wars and the evolution of food to industrial farming, Mao’s failed Great Leap Forward campaign and the effects […]

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So many friends have asked how it was and I haven’t been able to find the right words or way to articulate it properly, so here’s my attempt to summarise how I felt about the whole thing. I found that the experience is very personal, like cancer or any form of suffering or grief, we all find […]

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