Friendship & Love

When it comes to romance, many like it hot from the beginning. Tales of ‘love at first sight’ are enduringly popular. Another popular take is that of enemies becoming lovers where at first the two can’t stand each other only to find that their simmering caustic chemistry can actually lead to passion. But for me, […]

'Turn the volume down'

This morning, as usual, I was still sleeping when Zibin started getting for work. I managed to sleep through most of the usual movement noise until it seemed as if someone suddenly blared the radio. Half-asleep, I raised an arm in protest and groggily demanded, “Turn the volume down!” “Sorry darling, but I can’t control […]

My Hokkien 'education'

As I mentioned in an earlier entry, my extremely pithy understanding of Hokkien is unfortunately limited to vulgarities and a few ‘name-calling’ nouns. However, over the last week, I’ve doubled my Hokkien vocabulary (which roughly means I’ve learned half a dozen more phrases or words). Why? Because of an amusing Hokkien song that John gave […]

Ah dose of Beng

Our Broadway Beng gang minus Ivy’s dad, Xiuyan and her bf with Mr. Broadway Beng himself When I received an invitation from Ivy to watch Broadway Beng! 3 with her family, the first thought that crossed my mind was, “Stand-up comedy plus musical with heavy dose of Hokkien and Singlish? I think Zibin will really […]


Yesterday I found out that a friend’s mother has cancer and had just undergone a major operation. Reading her blog brought tears to my eyes. Her sadness, fear, love, and helplessness at her mom’s illness… her mother’s wondering if she would live to see her next birthday… her helping her mom trim her nails, wear […]

Of 'young love'

I vividly remember my first crush back in 1987. I was 8 years old and my family had just relocated to London, Ontario for a year. I was the new kid in class, and the only Asian girl. As we were lining up to go back into the classroom after recess, the class bully who […]

My first Idol

On a lark, Zibin and I decided to watch The Forbidden Kingdom today. The trailers seemed to promise some decent entertainment, and we had been having too many “Jackie Chan vs Jet Li” debates to resist watching a film where they finally ‘face-off’ on screen. (Bet you can guess who I support right?) It was […]