food

Merchant’s Lane, KL

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Merchant’s Lane has been a popular haunt for local hipsters since it first opened a couple of years ago. I went there for the first time in 2015, and I wasn’t impressed by the limited brunch selection and the lacklustre quality (I still remember how dry the salmon that I ordered tasted). Yesterday I decided […]

travel

Sihanoukville – a city that’s hard to like

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Hello from Sihanoukville! The city is my base this week, from which I went to explore Koh Rong Samloem, an island known for its hippie accommodation offerings and quiet, unspoilt beaches. Anyway, let’s talk about Sihanoukville first. Sihanoukville is Cambodia’s only significant harbour city and the industrial centre of the country, which doesn’t say much, […]

travel

My case against haggling

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Imagine coming to a country where the majority of the population earns less than USD150 per month. You earn 10–20 times more than them. You start your morning at one of Phnom Penh’s only Costa Coffee branches. You gladly pay USD3 for your coffee. Then you go to a market. A crowded, poorly lit, stuffy […]

short story

Bring me back.

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This short story is a work of fiction: *** The gravel path meanders around a hill, green meadows fill the horizon, alpine trees sway gently to the rhythm of the evening breeze, and I, settled on a stump, deep in introspective thoughts, blanketed by the silent wind, enveloped by the shell of solitude, body and […]

personal

KL 2017 SEA Games Opening: A Journal

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The SEA Games opening last Saturday is an excellent spectacle, a visually stunning display of the colours that make up Malaysia – and who we are as a nation. The event had a wet start – spectators were drenched as they lined up to get in. There were also no clear signboards indicating where the […]