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 the 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 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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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 because 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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