Tale Of Two Cities Column

From January 2014, I begin my monthly contribution as a columnist for The Star Metro. Each month, the lessons I learned from my life in London becomes immortalised in Tale of Two Cities.

December 2014

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It seems that my current state is what my younger self had always wished for. As far as happy ending goes in rom-coms, this is the part where the guy holds the girl’s hand and they walk into the sunset. Or in Disney cartoons, the happy-ever-after. Published in December’s paper and online edition of The Star Metro.

November 2014

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In recent weeks, my nine-week-old Raphie had begun to recognise faces and became increasingly aware of the arty decor, books, and toys in our home. So, I thought it would be interesting to see whether she would like a soothing massage. Published in November’s paper edition of The Star Metro. Read more.

October 2014

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I WAS determined not to write about my baby. Surely there must be something else I can talk about.

But since I have been living and breathing parenthood in the past six weeks, nothing appears to be more rele-vant than my baby girl, Raphie. Published in October’s paper and online edition of The Star Metro. Read more

 

September 2014

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As I begin writing this, my 9-day old daughter is breathing gently on my chest. I am trying to balance an F5-sized moleskin, a sleeping baby, muslin square and feeding cup on my body – a feat that seemed utterly impossible just days ago. As they say, it does get better. Published in September’s paper and online edition of The Star Metro. Read more

August 2014

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He shot up from where he was sitting, “Ma’am, would you like a seat?” he asked, alarming adjacent passengers who looked guilty for not spotting my bump. I was only travelling to the next stop on the tube, but, hey… Published in August’s paper and online edition of The Star Metro. Read more

July 2014

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Have you ever felt troubled and wished you had someone you can trust to confide in? Or you find yourself sitting at home on a lonely night thinking that your closest buddies are either in a different time zone, busy with work, babies or themselves? Published in July’s paper and online edition of The Star Metro. Read more

June 2014

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Last month, I had the pleasure of hosting my family in London for the first time since I stepped on British soil. I was happy but nervous, not knowing how they would manage in my tiny one-bedroom flat, and if they would face a culture shock in the land of the angmoh. Published in June’s paper and online edition of The Star Metro. Read more

 

May 2014

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You may live in another UK city where you are always that bit more excited to come to London to visit, only to leave wishing the city wasn’t so expensive to live in. Published in May’s paper and online edition of The Star Metro. Read more

April 2014

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I grew up in a family of seven and I can’t remember a time when our house was ever quiet.  My siblings would run about, and my mother could always be heard urging us to sit down and have our meals. Published in April’s paper edition of The Star Metro. Read more

March 2014

Shakespeare said, “The course of true love never did run smooth”. I have a suspicion that he may have based his conclusion on the premise of finding love on foreign territories. Published in March paper and online edition of The Star Metro. Read more

January 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From January 2014, I begin my monthly contribution as a columnist for The Star Metro. Each month, the lessons I learned from my life in London becomes immortalised in Tale of Two Cities. My first article is published here and depicts my journey from the far east to London.  Read more