Kafka on the Shore and Princess Scheherazade

I’m in the middle of Kafka on the Shore by Mr Haruki Murakami and had finished Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights by Mr Salman Rushdie. Both have surrealism (or magical realism, I suppose) elements in their stories and I’d like to give my two cents. I know that …

Numbers

Yesterday my colleagues and I discussed something about the Wuhan outbreak. It was inevitable that the victims, alive or dead, were becoming numbers on a spreadsheet or news items. Somebody quoted, “It’s said that a human’s death is a tragedy. But collective demise is statistics.” True, this was an honest …

Done is Better than Perfect

Done is better than perfect.At first, this idea appalled me. How come done is better than perfect? Are we settling for mediocrity now? Is it the trend? But having subconsciously following this mantra for more than 2 years yet, I found the grace and beauty in it. It is not …

Reality: Inside or Outside?

I finished reading 1984 by George Orwell, A Beginner’s Guide of Reality by Jim Baggott, and halfway through Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari. I find the underlying common theme of the three books is about the existence of absolute reality or the lack thereof. The Orwellian universe in a state …

Delightful UX: Yoga Challenge App Kano Model

Let the cat out of the bag. I feel an aversion toward daily exercise. By writing this, I make myself admit this publicly. Surrounded by high achievers who still find time to run or go to the gym to stay in shape, I feel so bad about my overall body …

What My Job Contributes to My Writing

There are plenty of articles gracing on the internet about writers who happen to have a daily job; some of them are 9-5, and the others are freelancing jobs that do not provide writing opportunities. What can we say about such a situation? People still have to pay bills, while …

How I Finished a 19k-word Novella in 12 Days

This piece is not just about how to craft words into decent writing with title and ending. This is about commitment to side hustle. Seriously, this post title could be anything. How I <insert your project name> in <any duration you think is a record time> is an example. Andrew …

Female Solo Travelling: Singapore Itinerary

I never went to Singapore. True. So, when the opportunity came, or more like the idea just came cross my mind, I immediately booked return tickets for a long weekend getaway. It was during the Independence Day long weekend, 17-19 August 2018. Since Singapore is where the headquarter of a …