Category Archives: Musings

What I Will Miss Most About Leaving Chicago

Now that I am one month away from returning to Singapore, I am actively looking for good pastel classes in Singapore so that I can continue pursuing my hobby. BUT there are absolutely no results. Seriously?! And this is what … Continue reading

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The Helplessness of Living In U.S. with no English skills

Why will anyone in┬áthe right frame of mind move to the U.S. when they obviously do not know English? This is one big question that I often ask myself when I see the older Chinese immigrants in Chicago. Because of … Continue reading

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Interesting or should I say weird people you see on Chicago’s CTA ‘L’ Train

People who skimp on train fares This morning, as I was scanning my Ventra card to pass through the train gantry, I spotted a man squatting down and squeezing through the gantry so that he did not have to pay … Continue reading

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(The Lack Of) Chinese New Year Mood in Chicago

It is just a few more days to Chinese New Year, and if not for the fact that I am aware that it is Chinese New Year, the day would have just passed me by since I cannot feel any … Continue reading

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Surviving Chicago’s Brutal Winter

Winters have always held a special place in my heart, not because I grew up in a cold country, but rather┬ábecause I grew up in hot and humid Singapore so winters just seemed so magical and far away from me. … Continue reading

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The Existence Of Chinatown In The USA

When I first went to Chinatown in Chicago, I was really surprised and dismayed by how old and run-down it looks. Granted, it really does feel like China, but it looks and feels like how I imagine a village to … Continue reading

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Writing Travel Articles Without Stepping Into That Travel Destination

With the ease and low cost of travel nowadays, it seems like everyone I know travels very frequently and could easily branch into travel writing. Of course, if you are someone who enjoys writing and travelling, travel writing seems like … Continue reading

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The Housekeeper: A Stranger Who Knows All Your Habits And Secrets

Recently, I have been fortunate enough to land a stay in a luxurious serviced apartment in Singapore, courtesy of my husband’s company. Ironically, I am a Singaporean with a HDB flat in Singapore, but if the company offers free accommodation, … Continue reading

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Understanding Different Countries’ Cultures Through Cab Drivers

I just came back from a Taiwan trip and I was seriously scorched to death. It was so hot that I even lost my appetite for the mouth-watering food I was so looking forward to, and which was in actual … Continue reading

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Art Book Workshop: Making Art Books Out of Used Books

I had a really great time at an Art Book Making workshop held in Harold Washington Library yesterday which was coincidentally taught by my current watercolour teacher. I left the library with a nice vintage looking sketchbook made by myself, … Continue reading

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