Tagged: Musings

Chinese English Lyric Translations

Translating My Love for Chinese Music

Chinese is in my blood. It gives colour to my skin and forms the first legible sounds through my teeth. Despite my childhood prowess in math, there was a pride to being in a Higher Chinese class and, later, in entering Hwa Chong. That pride turned out to be a...

Border Retaining Walls

Building the Right Wall – For All

Earth is fickle. Its plates shift, breaking old alliances and forging new ones. Sometimes they quiver so much they form quakes, tsunami-ing lives and lifestyles. Its politics are much the same, only swifter. Power changes hands and definitions faster than ever, though not a lot of it count as progress....

Nokia 6030

Phoney Problems: Failing at Normalcy

I got my first phone at age 16. I got my first smartphone at age 21. These numbers make little sense unless I situate myself within cultural developments. So let me clarify: I got my first phone – a Nokia 6030 hand-me-down – almost 2 years after the release of the 1st generation of...

A Sociological Empath

ORD Dream

Note 1: Originally published on May 31, 2013 Note 2: The afterword is (al)ready. A peculiar thing happened. I dreamt… of the day I ORD. Few details still stay with me, but while I shook the hands of ma’ams without making eye contact – whether out of habit or shyness – there...

A Sociological Empath

CNY Angbao Ranting

Note 1: Originally published on Feb 13, 2013 Note 2: But these things don’t grow old! If you are Singaporean, I’m sure you have heard. The big news of the Chinese New Year thus far. A 13-year-old boy posted a photo with his angbao receipts totalling some S$700. Then through Facebook, complained how...

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