13 Reasons Why – I Live the Lives of Others

Every once in a while, what you come across in life leaves a profound impact. You might not realise it at first, but it plagues you, creeps up on your consciousness and refuses to loosen grip until you have confronted its glare. You may not know what I am talking about. I did not know…

Sleepless in Ginza

No city is capable of such sensational physical and emotional metastasis quite as Tokyo can. The city seems to come alive with every inch of vanishing daylight, abuzz with locals and tourists, businessmen and schoolgirls alike. Tokyo’s signature of sleepless chaos by night is just as keenly felt as its organised serenity by day. To…

Savouring Tokyo – The Slow Way

Tokyo. If there is one word synonymous with global metropolis, bustling trade, ancient cultures, avant-garde robotics, or perhaps Lost in Translation, Tokyo would undoubtedly take the crown. But, slow? Working in a Japanese bank and having studied the language briefly in my formative years, I was always destined to set foot in the Land of…

A Journey Down Shanghai’s Memory Lane

Out of the corner of my eye I caught a commotion, the clumsy shuffling of heavy white tassel, the outstretched hand of a tuxedoed man, and the frantic flashes from a camera crew less than ten feet away. I was momentarily disoriented. I wondered who would have been more peeved: the lady in white, who…

The Unbearable Lightness of Being Insignificant

Ever since I embarked on the WordPress journey in earnest, I had vowed to maintain a blog that exudes positivity and grace. I catered to what the Internet desired, namely, servings of impeccably crafted words garnished with glossy, curated photography. SoMuchToTellYou was thus underpinned by this very premise, a premise which I am about to…

How Do I Unlove You Now?

Dear You, It has been many years since our first encounter. If first impressions are anything to go by, I was floored by your presence. I have never before met anyone quite like you, nor has there been anyone else since. You waltzed into my life, and bowled me over with that iridescent smile of…

8 Films to Unleash the Wanderer in You

Life has been a little stationary of late (read into that as you will). In between my bouts of itchy feet and jealous rage at everyone else’s happy snaps, I recharge my restless soul by pursuing my other (slightly more sedentary) passion: lapping up more of those happy snaps on the big screen. For those…

Top 5 Picks for French Drama

I like my films subtitled; just as I prefer my literature foreign. As a film fanatic (and a contrarian at that), it wasn’t long before the formulaic Hollywood trifecta of violence, drugs and sex drove me to the brink of distraction. (“What’s wrong with that?” I hear you say. Nothing! Well, nothing at all if…

Spreading the Love – Liebster Award & Blogger Recognition Award

The blogosphere is a tight-knit community; this much I have learnt over the past few months. There is something warm and fuzzy about being appreciated and remembered, especially from friends afar whom I have never met. So, it shall be my absolute pleasure and great honour to accept my first awards, and I do wish…

There’s No Place for Regret in Heaven

The ability of Chinese entrepreneur Jack Ma (founder of e-commerce giant Alibaba) to make headlines around the world is no longer news. Just as the world extols his latest act of kindness – a USD20 million donation to the University of Newcastle as a tribute to his Australian “father” and mentor – it brought to…

The Lunar New Year Recycling Project

28 January 2017 marked the first day of the Lunar New Year. As many families heralded the Year of the Rooster with bountiful feasts, I tucked into a feast of a different kind (and granted a few of my poultry friends a well-deserved reprieve). With the new year came the decision to give a fresh…

Going Rogue & Chasing Shadows

I stalk a number of weird and wonderful bloggers out there, quite shamelessly I might add. Whilst their blogs provide endless hours of laugh-out-loud entertainment value, it does make me wallow in self-pity at my own clinical, sanitised and generally abysmal attempt at entertainment, and I wonder what the heck those kindly folks could possibly…