A Night in Photos

July 10, 2008 / Culture, Daily Life / 15 Comments

Two months ago, I posted an entry chronicling a day spent in Toronto with my boyfriend. See A Day in Photos. This time, I will chronicle a night spent in Singapore with my best friend, ID. 6.15PM: From Ritzy Restaurant to High-Class Hawker ID and I met up yesterday to conceptualize a new layout for…

Fat Fines: Japan’s New Law

July 8, 2008 / Culture, Opinion / 24 Comments

Japan has recently instituted a new law that fines employers that hire ‘obese’ employees or employees with ‘obese’ relatives. Men are required to have waistlines slimmer than 33.5 inches and women 35.4 inches. As I read that from the newspaper headlines last month, my first reaction was stunned silence. What happens to those who are…

Designer Bags: Stares and Status

July 6, 2008 / Culture, Opinion / 22 Comments

After experiencing life in Asia for the past month or so, I have come to conscious realization that Asians are infatuated with designer bags. It’s not a bad thing. However, with a little knowledge of designer labels, it has become quite obvious that most (not all) aren’t infatuated with the bag or the brand, but…

Singapore and Cellphones

May 31, 2008 / Culture, Opinion, Reviews / 21 Comments

Singaporeans are incredibly infatuated with cellphones. Everywhere you go people are text messaging, chatting, emailing all the time. It has been said that the annual cellphone sales in Singapore is often double the population of the country. So why the craze? Cellphones, otherwise known here as handphones, is a symbol of fashion forwardness, education and…

Goodbye Toronto

The fact that I’m leaving Toronto for good hadn’t quite sunk until today. May has finally arrived. By the end of this month, I will be returning to Singapore, after spending 4 years out of my 22-year life here. I came to Toronto to pursue a Bachelor’s after I graduated from high school in Asia….

Learning and Mastering a Second Language

April 26, 2008 / Culture, Daily Life, Opinion / 46 Comments

In an article from New Scientist, a man claims that his grandfather could speak 70 languages, and write in 56. And he’s never even attended school. This man also explained that while they were traveling to Thailand, his grandfather admitted that he couldn’t speak Thai. However, in less than 2 weeks, he was able to…

Tea of the Mist

April 24, 2008 / Culture, Daily Life / 24 Comments

I’ve always been an avid tea drinker. My daily tea usually consists of black teas because only they are strong enough to leave a bittersweet aftertaste, which then ends with a sort of sour afterthought in the middle of my tongue. I never drink tea with milk. Just a lot of sugar to counter the…