Aesthetics – Opatija facade

September 2019 feels like a century ago. The mechanisms of how our memory functions has always been quite a mysterious fascination and I am curious about how everyone is reviewing their lives this time last year. Back then, I had no idea what was in store for us in six months. For us it, it […]

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Travel Anecdotes – Westin, Desaru

It’s been a challenging year, and it is shocking that we’re about to enter the last quarter of it. We organised this getaway for my parents, and mother in law to just remove ourselves from the daily routine of being trapped in a limited routine for months on end, and at the last minute my […]

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Reflections on Fallen Angels

For some, so much of life has been about the deifying of another. Whether it’s parental deference, or how we elevate our life partner. It is inevitable that as life adds day to day, and we move through it all in close intimacy with our loved ones, realities emerge. I heard a saying once about […]

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Aesthetics – Beach Days

This year, life was about being indoors. I didn’t realise how much I needed to get physically connected to nature again until we had a very quick beach get away recently. For various reasons, it came at a time I needed it the most, and I just sank in the experience with much gratitude. I […]

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Travel anecdotes – Afternoon Tea and Dinner @ THIRTY8

THIRTY8 is the eminent restaurant located on yes, you guessed it the 38th Floor of the Grand Hyatt in KL. It’s located right behind the KLCC Twin Towers, so a great place to ogle this engineering accomplishment, which I think is a big part of this hotels’ appeal. It has an extensive set dinner and […]

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Reflections – Graduation Speeches

Perhaps it is a logical irony that graduation speeches make more sense two decades into full fledged adulthood, than it did when one listened to it at the brink of one’s journey. As they say, the youth is wasted on the young. At the age of 21, second-hand information seemed too speculative and abstract. Anyone […]

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Aesthetics – Bits of Zagreb

Zagreb was the first city we landed on in the Balkan area and we immediately warmed to it. It was a crazy hot 30 + degrees August, and we were anxious to extricate ourselves from neighbouring Budapest, which we found a little cold, emotionally. People smiled here, they were a little louder and I liked […]

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Travel Anecdotes – Super Saigon, Bangsar

We came here on a whim one evening and kind of liked the cosy setting and simple food. Then we came again with my mother-in-law who is pretty much vegetarian and allergic to a whole host of food groups but managed to heartily tuck in all the different dishes. We concluded that this place was […]

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Reflections on Possessions

Certain world events have made me question our need to have things. When hearing about those who have lost their material belongings during the Beirut blasts, I stopped and wondered about our quest for ownership in this world. Concepts like possessing, having, and accumulating belongings repelled me with a little more intensity. Where does it […]

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Aesthetics – Lokhandwala, Bloomsbury

We popped by this restaurant one October evening on a trip to London, two years ago, to meet some friends for dinner. It’s in the best street of Bloomsburg – Charlotte Street, home to many chi chi hotels, cafes, restaurants and bars. I’m putting up this post because I found this restaurant’s interiors and plating […]

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Travel Anecdotes – Nero Nero, DC Mall

We’ve never had a bad experience at this ubiquitous Italian offering. It’s the kind of place where weeks later, the aftertaste of their perfectly baked rosemary bread, caramelised basil and melted cheese still linger on your palate. It’s on the expensive side for local standards so this is not our regular go to by any […]

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Reflections on The Past

The past, they say, is another country. In some ways, it is a healthy sign of our evolution, if we consider the past as a place remote and untouched by our current space. There seems to be a sense that we have moved on with the times, seized the present and are marching onwards for […]

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Aesthetics – Indoor Walks

I wondered if it’s scraping the bottom of the barrel to share photos of what mornings have been like, visually, since the pandemic began. Clarity walks in the common space of our apartment block, was what unexpectedly gave me a new lease of life during the most critical days of the world, region, country and […]

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Travel Anecdotes – Khyber at Fort, Mumbai

My affection for India goes through various fluctuations but can never really dissipate. Our annual visit though seems so vague in the cards with the virus infections soaring relentlessly, compounded with their lack of medical infrastructure to stymie this phenomenon. I content myself with some memories of those earlier days of discovering this city of […]

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Reflections on the Breaking Point

  When plunged in the depth of dark times we often wonder ‘why us’? Why couldn’t it all be like the ideas we wanted, the hopes we carried, the desires we nurtured. In our minds, we illogically romanticise the lives of others and how it seemed to be unharmed by the maladies that we believe […]

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Aesthetics – View from the Top

So the nomads amongst us are having itchy feet and longing to hit the skies again for another adventure to begin but God had other plans. I realised I had a dated collection of these aeroplane window shots, taken at a time when arriving at a new country was so deliciously exciting. Since developing a […]

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Travel Anecdotes – Family Trip in Langkawi

This was a big family trip taken in 2016 to celebrate my parents 75th and 80th birthday. We had been planning this family holiday and exchanged multiple emails with Starwood for various months then but true hospitality and service only began once we started to directly contact Westin Langkawi. Special thanks to Mr Zureimi and […]

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Reflections on Solitude

Quite often life has been about embracing our own internal fortitude in solitude. After every episode of difficulty, the reiterating lesson is often the realisation that while love and companionship are blessings, an honest lesson of evolution is one that requires us to dig inside our own internal resources for elevation. How do we live […]

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Aesthetics – A walk through Hoi An

Vietnam was in general, a very engaging introduction to the Indo-China world. We visited in December 2014, as we were about to wrap up our first year in Bangkok. We started from Hanoi and stopped by Lang Co and Hoi An before moving to Ho Chi Minh. I would say Hoi An was, as many […]

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Travel Anecdotes – Hua Chang Heritage Hotel, Bangkok

I stayed here just before starting a work deployment back in 2016. It looked cute from the outside with its white colonial shutters and we always passed it on the BTS. Positives-location is 1 BTS/walking distance to the Siam malls. Alot of effort is invested into the prettiness of the drama and ambience (vintage Thai […]

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Reflections on What Life Isn’t

When life fundamentally does not manifest itself to be the image you had in your head the journey is very much about shifting to accommodate your new reality. The answer is to not resist. Embrace, do all that you can to elevate the status quo to what you want it to be and accept that […]

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Aesthetics – Goodearth Homewares

Goodearth I first locked eyes with this beautiful homewares store a decade ago, circa 2010, in Khan Market, New Delhi. Back then it was a place to get a few gifts for family at home. After that, life took me away from this paradise until 2014, when I first visited Bombay and was taken to […]

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Travel Anecdotes – Lombok Memories

Yet another one of those snapshot of memories from five years ago. At the time I was living in Jakarta and wanted to try some local islands with friends. They had overdosed on Bali trips and Lombok had become the latest haunt. I didn’t really know what to expect apart from a tropical beach but […]

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Reflections on Uncomfortable Patterns

The Lockdown has awakened something in all of us privileged enough to sit at home and luxuriate in boredom. A time to reassess our past journey as an individual and as the collective humanity, and ask ourselves whether we want to be in auto mode or clear out some cobwebs of congestion.  A big chunk […]

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Aesthetics – Budapest Facade

All over the media, it seems clear that travel needs to be aborted until 2022 or something like that. My days of trawling through a new city and taking copious amounts of photos of interesting doors and windows are currently well into the past. Retrospectively my last few facade aesthetics was in the summer of […]

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OSO Ristorante, Jakarta

Throughout the Covid lockdown, my travel repertoire backdates to a time when I was not consciously recording our experiences, so apologies in advance for the unflattering photos. But I had a nice memory of a birthday dinner here back in 2015 and thought might be worth a share. We had just recently started getting into […]

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Reflections on Apathy

When we reflect back on our life, it’s fair to say the most fulfiling times are those where we are fully engaged in the enterprise of living. Even when life caused us pain, the pain stems from a longing for more from existence. The most ideal combination is when we are able to balance between […]

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