Updated on March 3, 2019
Minimalism: Space. Light. Object. at National Gallery Singapore & ArtScience Museum
I visited the Minimalism: Space. Light. Object. exhibition back in December, set across two venues – the National Gallery Singapore and ArtScience Museum.
I’ve been taking more photos ever since I upgraded my phone to an iPhone XR and I’m trying to put in more effort into processing them (and posting them on my blog to justify the hosting costs).
But anyway I digress. I quite enjoyed the exhibition though it’s marketed quite heavily as a “made-for-Instagram” exhibition, meaning you’ll see quite a lot of people posing around (myself included, not shading anyone). Interesting video here:
Updated on January 26, 2019
Things to Do in Northern Kansai, Japan (Amanohashidate, Kinosaki Onsen & More!)
We throng the streets of Japan for its cherry blossoms in spring, its bright vermilion torii gates, and its technicolour cities – however, there is much that has yet to be uncovered in the vast and culturally complex country that is Japan.
Just two to three hours away from the touristy favourites of Osaka and Kyoto is Northern Kansai – an undiscovered coastal region of Japan, encompassing Toyooka City and the Kyoto by the Sea region. A gateway to breezy seasides, rural landscapes, hot springs and some of the freshest seafood in the Land of the Rising Sun, this region offers both the rich culture of Kyoto City and the beachy charms of Okinawa.
Easily accessible with a JR West Kansai Wide Area Pass, here’s why you need to explore the road less travelled and visit Northern Kansai.
Tokyo in 45
Finally got the last of my photos out from my Toyko 2017 trip.
Here’s Tokyo in 45 photos.
Where to Eat & Drink in Tokyo: Coffee, Craft Beer Bars & Food
I’m not much of a foodie so I didn’t bother to seek out many “famous” food places while I was in Tokyo last year.
I did, however, make an effort to visit at least one coffee place and one craft beer place a day. Priorities, am I right? I honestly can’t really remember what I had for a lot of my meals (I think I had combini food and bar grub quite a bit!) and it doesn’t help that I don’t seem to have many photos of my food either.
Will You Hanami With Me? Cherry Blossom Viewing in Ueno Park, Tokyo
I travelled to Tokyo at the rear end of Spring in late April and I was pretty bummed because most of the cherry blossom forecasts indicated that I already missed the bloom in Tokyo.
I decided to try my luck anyway so on the first day that I landed, I immediately head down to Ueno Park. Thankfully, there were still cherry blossoms in bloom (though many of the trees were already bare). Even with the half-dying trees, Ueno Park was still so crowded and full of tourists that I couldn’t have the authentic hanami experience.
Nonetheless, whatever was left of the blooms were still very pretty and I have pictures to show for it so I guess I can officially check it off my Japan to-do bucket list?
Cat Café MoCHA Harajuku (猫カフェ MOCHA 原宿店)
I love cats (in case that wasn’t obvious enough) so when I was in Japan I had to visit a cat café.
I didn’t really know which cat café to visit (there are so many!) but Cat Café MoCHA stood out because of their fancy decor. Also because I saw it in a KickThePJ video.
Kimi No Na Wa. (Your Name.) Tokyo Locations
I had every intention to do an entire post on my trip to Tokyo last April (like what I did for my trip to Hanoi, Vietnam), but seeing as a year has elapsed and I have a few hundreds of photos to go through, I’ve decided to split them up into a couple of photo posts.
I watched the anime Kimi No Na Wa (Your Name) a couple of months before I flew to Japan so I set out to find the iconic staircase featured in the last scene of movie and in the promo images.
Updated on March 13, 2018
Here’s Why We Don’t Need To Talk About Eden Ang
[Additional commentary] While I think the first Rice Media article was written with good intentions, it didn’t really address the issue of sexual assault (especially in the workplace and involving a person in a position of “power”). It invited the public to give their unsolicited and mostly victim-blaming opinions, shedding light on just how ignorant Singaporeans are with regard to the issue.
I was quite keen to write an article about the issue when the editor approached me, but after Rice Media published their follow up article, the editor actually asked if I could make some changes to the angle of my article. Basically they asked if I could talk about how the “real crime here is Eden’s cringe-worthy texts” – something that had more “virality” but grossly trivialised the matter.
Updated on March 13, 2018
Why Are We Not Having The Conversation About Mental Illness in Singapore?
Controlled, competitive and stressful.
These were words used to describe the K-pop industry when it came under fire following the suicide of Jonghyun, the lead singer of the popular K-pop band SHINee.
Quite disconcertingly, those three adjectives are the same words commonly used to describe life in Singapore – controlled, competitive and stressful.
Over the last few years, a series of high-profile cases have forced Singaporeans to reflect on the impact that our high-pressure society has on one of the most misunderstood illnesses – mental illnesses.
Updated on March 13, 2018
I guess I could talk about that time during an internship, an associate in his late 30s made inappropriate remarks about how he thought I was hot and asked whether I was interested in married guys with children. And also the penis jokes he sent to me through WhatsApp.
“I was smoking just now and happened to smoke with a partner from the 4th floor. He asked me, “Who’s this hot new chick sitting with you” LOL. He’s like 46-47? And married with kids. If you’re into married men. I can make the introduction. How?”