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Travel Notes – Prague, Czech Republic

We did this trip two winters ago. It’s been a while but I’ve never really had the drive to write about it until now. We flew from Singapore to Amsterdam and from there, took a connecting flight to Milan. Later, I’ll share the story of our adventure in Italy but for now, this is the tale of …

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Travel Notes – Padang, West Sumatra

Remember this story? When I wrote it I was only relying on old memories and things my parents told me. But last week I finally had the chance to actually live the story. With the long Chinese New Year break, I packed our little bags and flew out to Padang, West Sumatra, where the kids and I were …

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Travel Notes – Tokyo & Hokkaido, Japan

The decision to choose Japan as our winter holiday destination came almost instantly. The kids have been nagging me to take them to Disneyland in Hong Kong and I for one, was not too keen on going there. I certainly wasn’t going to go to the US, not with the way the US airports treat …

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Travel Notes – Edinburgh, Scotland

I really don’t have a lot of words to describe Edinburgh. Nothing I say will ever do its beauty justice. I only spent 3 nights in this quaint yet modern city but I brought home with me almost 900 snapshots capturing her beauty. I strolled through its streets all by myself and had the best …

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Travel Notes – Cardiff, Wales

I only got to stay one night in London before taking the train to Cardiff where I was supposed to meet my crazy travel buddy. I managed to convince Ojisan’s missus to come along and we made our way to Paddington Station three Sundays ago. We sat at Krispy Kreme before leaving and we also …

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Travel Notes – Hoi An, Vietnam

And so I’m back. From a magical trip to Hoi An in Central Vietnam. The pictures below serve only as a glimpse into what I did during this escapade. I took a total of 658 photos and no matter how many I put up here, they will never do the place justice. In one word, …

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Interpreter of Maladies – Jhumpa Lahiri

Interpreter of Maladies was my first literary journey with an Indian author. The book that caused this so-called addiction that I now have for Indian writers. This Pulitzer, New Yorker and PEN/Hemingway Award winner consists of nine short stories that delve into the lives of Indians living in a foreign land, struggling to balance between …

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The Twentieth Wife – Indu Sundaresan

I finished reading this book quite some time ago back in 2004 and it left quite a deep impact on me and the way I see things. The genre is still historical fiction, one of my favourites, written by a very talented Indian author, Indu Sundaresan. The story takes us to 15th century Mughal India, …

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