The Bookshop Trail

The Bookshop Trail in Singapore (click to watch) Every bookstore carries the often little-known literary aspirations of the owners. Scattered across the island state, these bookstores help to build Singapore's cultural foundation while leaving footprints from their historical interactions. These footprints form a portrait of the crossing of the paths of the literati, the bookstores and … Continue reading The Bookshop Trail

Quiet Mornings

On the 30th of January 2016, exactly one year ago, Quiet Mornings saw the world. My friend, Cherilyn, and I, launched our debut self-published poetry book. Both of us have been working on this project together quietly for the past year and a half. The entire process took more than that, but it was worth the wait. … Continue reading Quiet Mornings

Singapore Writers Festival 2016

It's that time of the year again when my weekends and days are book-ed at the Singapore Writers Festival! The theme this year? Sayang - an untranslatable Malay word capturing pragmatically both love and loss in a single expression. I missed out on some interesting programmes due to many overlapping schedules. Nonetheless, here are the notable panels I managed to catch: Story … Continue reading Singapore Writers Festival 2016

Me Migrant by Md Mukul Hossine

Me migrant Live overseas Thousand thousand miles away Me migrant Beyond borders Mislaying smiles Dawn to dusk then dawn again Found this gem nestled amidst rows of books by familiar local writers at the Singapore Literature Book Fair held at Booktique just a couple of weeks ago. Me Migrant is a book of poems that center around the theme of loneliness, longing, and … Continue reading Me Migrant by Md Mukul Hossine

The Istanbul Intrigue by Melati Lum

When Melati Lum reached out to me on IG, I fangirled a little. OK I lied - I couldn't sleep for the night, wildly anticipating her book to arrive on the shores of Singapore! This Australian-based author (and Jill of all Trades), puts a refreshing twist to the oft-portrayed cool-headed, broodingly pensive, crime-busting detective, enigmatic Sherlock … Continue reading The Istanbul Intrigue by Melati Lum

Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke

Letters to a Young Poet is officially one of my favourite reads. It is, as the self-explanatory title suggests, an array of letters to an aspiring poet named Mr Kappus. Relatable, wise, contemplative reflections and advices are aplenty. I'll share the few which resonates with me and list my own thoughts under each, so I can go back to them … Continue reading Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke