Aesthetics – Harrods and Portobello Market

A tale of two neighbourhoods Harrods and Portobello Market are about four tube stops from each other but speak of two different Londons. Uber Luxury and Uber Boho. As I sort of self identify with this whole Les Bobos phenomenon (bourgeoisie and bohemian) both give me equal amounts of aesthetic pleasure. Here are her best […]

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Travel Anecdotes – A Few Days in Prague

The Accidental Tourist For various reasons, we landed up in Prague at the eleventh hour. While the week was dedicated to a work meeting elsewhere, the meeting dates shifted and after weighing up a few pros and cons, we decided to spend the week in Prague. Less than 2 hours from London, with Easyjet offering […]

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Reflections on Reunions

 Tribes we curate Throughout the years I have met and loved (platonically) an assortment of figures.  There are those whose intellectual honesty engages me, some whose spiritual wisdom inspires me, and others whose overall life aspirations bears chemistry with mine (a desire for a more equal world, to be apart of a society without discrimination […]

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Aesthetics – Prague Facade

Architectural Fantasy  For a facade lover like myself, Prague was a place where my camera ran out of batteries fast. As I understand it, the city’s architecture is a melange of Baroque, Gothic, Renaissance, Art Nouveau etc. We arrived at night but could already get a sense of how there was an intriguing majesty about […]

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Travel Anecdotes – Marylebone High Street

Bygone Years From the mid 1990’s till 2003, this was my ‘hood’. In fact, there was a time when I didn’t quite get that London didn’t begin at the Baker Street tube station and end at the Bond Street tube station. Back then, even Queensway and Tottenham Court Road were hovering at the edges of […]

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Reflections on The Human Face

Getting to know Steve McCurry I was late to the McCurry party. Of course, in some seldom visited corridor in my subconscious, the face of the Afghan Girl had lodged herself within it given how she so profoundly reverberated within popular culture. But I didn’t know further about the insanely famous and culture defining photographer […]

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Aesthetics – London Facade

Doors and windows of the world I never really used to pay so much attention to the external details of London’s properties, but usually assumed the English architectural facade is much like her people – calm and stately with no frills or flamboyance. This time around, with the time and inclination to keep going through […]

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Travel Anecdotes- Outlaws at the Capital

Foodie Friends I have a pretty undeveloped palate – my cooking expeditions are usually strictly regulated by the precise instructions of a cook book and not by my own intuition of say which herbs and type of cheese complements which type of poultry. I am further confounded by what would be the right amount of […]

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Reflections on The Big Smoke

Paris or London? “Do you still prefer Paris to London?” My Parisian friend queried, with a touch of surprise perhaps, after I shared with her my best snapshots of the latter city. “Well Paris is like the mysterious new love whom I still haven’t fully understood and I want to keep discovering this promising relationship. […]

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Aesthetics – Paris in the Fall

There is a French excess in this blog, admittedly but what can I say, it is a photogenic country and coincidentally, Paris happens to be a European capital I tend to visit and stay for a bit longer than others. This post is more or less a visual diary of this September’s observations of the […]

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Travel Anecdotes – 5 Cafes in Gambetta

10 Days in Paris’s 20th Arrondissement This autumn I found myself ‘stuck’ in Paris for more than a week and what can I say, there are worse things in the world than finding yourself ambling around this captivating haven of chic. As you know, I’ve always been infatuated by this city and country and even […]

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Reflections on Leadership and Fake News

Since January 2017, when the sensationalism of the USA’s new government started to gain traction, I’ve been stuck on her political news (I give my serenade on my favourite interviews/ speeches/ congressional hearings here).   On the one hand, I think it appeals to the gossipy, ‘low-IQ’ (as I would probably be labeled), emotive and self-righteous […]

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Aesthetics – Paris Habitat

The resident of this delightful Haussman habitat curates her wandering history in every crevice and texture of her living space. Enjoy these exquisite accents from different corners of the atlas as much as I did!    

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Travel Anecdotes – Ottawa in One Day

5 General Discoveries on the Maple Tree Country The first thing that hit me about Canada is how supernaturally friendly people were. In a month, I can’t count how many random conversations total strangers have initiated with me in lifts, shopping malls, supermarkets (mainly in Toronto). I naturally compare this to 8 years in London […]

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Reflections with Perrine LeClerc

  When the notion of this blog first gestated in my mind, I had a vague hope to curate the testimonies of significant figures that crossed my professional world, and share it with others as a way to communicate the essence of a meaningful life. I am kicking off this interview series with Perrine LeClerc, […]

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Aesthetics – Two Islands and a Peninsula

In 2015, we did a road trip from Kuala Lumpur to Penang Island, and also took my mother in law to Singapore. The terrain is one of rich green rainforest and the architecture is full of post colonial accents. For me, it is ultimately, the region of which I call home. Enjoy some of these […]

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Travel Anecdotes – Zurich in 4 Days

No Swiss Neutrality I confess – upon arrival to Zurich this autumn, I had no real passion, impression or interest in Zurich. As far as I was concerned, I was there to see a good friend and the city was an irrelevant backdrop. I was sadly still a little underwhelmed with my year in Geneva […]

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Reflections on the Language of Friendship

I’ve come to an age where it’s possible to have meaningful friendships lasting 2 decades. And this September it did get me thinking about those friends that made it past the 20 year line. And when I say ‘made it’ I don’t mean a Facebook Like once in a month, but rather the ability to […]

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Aesthetics – Zurich Habitat

My dear and old friend (we are nervous to admit that it’s now been almost two decades of friendship and what that means about our present age) has always been, amongst other forms of inspiration, one of my introductions to European art and literature. Of Prussian-Anglo origin, she opened the window of Herman Hesse, Schubert, […]

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Travel Anecdotes – Bangkok Dining

Because Bangkok is a city of so much diversity, describing her food scene is probably best done in two themes – trendy dining catered for the urbane crowd and just good wholesome local fare for everyone. The first post will start with her trendy dining outlets. These are 5 of my best experiences. The Blue […]

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Reflections on the Words and Sayings

There are some words and sayings which seems to perfectly describe what you never even knew you felt. In this scenario, the sentiment precedes the words. You already experienced it inside, and the word or quote declares it out loud.  And then there are the quotes that resonates with your aspirations and guides your evolution. […]

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Aesthetics – Balinese Doors

Given how art touches even a dust bin in a petrol station in Bali, it’s no surprise that her doors are also symbols of intricate carvings and rich colours. These are my favourite Balinese doors.    

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Travel Anecdotes – Hanoi

Hanoi was the first city we visited in our 1 week trip to Vietnam. It was my second Indochina experience and I initially thought it would be somewhat similar to the cool, relaxed vibe of Siem Reap. Obviously I soon realised that Hanoi and Siem Reap could not be more different. In general, I found […]

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Reflections on the Jasmine City

This extract is based largely on a few true stories, with some details amended to protect privacies. It is written with the objective of reflecting the reality for millions of people in this world, and not to focus on any one single individual. It was shared with me by a beautiful soul from the Jasmine […]

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Aesthetics – French Doors

Another one of those Local Entries posts. Mundane for some, positively exotic for me. Love the different and elaborate design for doors all over France, and these were good enough to capture.  

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Travel Anecdotes – Seminyak Snapshot

Seminyak is not one of my ultimate favourite spots in Bali but it’s a semi rites-of-passage visit that I somehow feel compelled to arrange for newcomers to Bali. I lump it in the ‘party heaven’ category, beloved by tribes from the Southern Hemisphere and if that is your type of adventure then by all means, […]

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Reflections on the Wars

“The blood of women, children and old people shall not stain your victory. Do not destroy a palm tree, nor burn houses and cornfields with fire, and do not cut any fruitful tree.” The First Caliph, Abu Bakr (Dieter Fleck, The Handbook of Humanitarian Law in Armed Conflict, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2004, p. 14.) […]

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