Entries by krista

In Memory of Margaret

It’s been a roller-coaster of 2 weeks. Margaret, our tabby of 10 years, has finally left us. It’s difficult trying to piece together the quick turn of events but I am coping, and Nic’s coping. Many friends have been extremely kind – offering words of solace and comfort on my Facebook page. Still, I am […]

It Takes Two

The more I want to sit down and post my thoughts, the more stuff lands on my plate and the more they drag me away from blogging. Such is life, sometimes! I had a great Chinese New Year break – despite the fact I didn’t get to visit Bangkok with my parents, no thanks to […]

The Curry Mee Tragedy

I never knew how much I loved my Penang curry mee until my favourite hawker died. Yes, she died. Not while cooking curry mee, of course.   You see, Nic and I have a ritual on Sundays. We potter into town and have a totally “ah pek” breakfast. I call it “ah pek” breakfast because […]

My Indian Roots

I tell people I have Indian roots. And if you know me, you probably know it’s true even though I look 100 per cent Chinese. My Indian roots aren’t due to some inter-marriage or something. My Indian roots come from growing up in a small town like Banting, where we had Indian neighbours on both […]

Leaning In, Leaning Out

I would have never read Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In book if it were not for YB Chong Eng. Honestly. Even though I am a big fan of books, I always have too much to read, too little time and too much planning. As it is, I am always reading at least 3 books at any […]

Turning Pizza Ingredients Into Bread

After a long hiatus, I am back to using my bread machine. It’s been staring at me long enough anyway on the kitchen counter. Of course the other reason is, I ran out of bread flour. Can’t make bread without bread flour. So I had to wait until I went downtown (meaning go into George […]

Of Russian Spies & Kenching

I’ve just finished reading a few books and by books I mean, fiction. In any given week, I’ll be plowing through a bunch of books (online and offline) but these days I read a lot of business and marketing and social psychology books. To me, fiction is a respite from the business stuff, though I […]

Language Chops

There’s language and then there’s language. Some people still live in the past, with their eye on the proper way of speaking and writing English. Sure you need to have a good grasp of your tenses and you need to stop making silly mistakes in English. But having knowledge of the language doesn’t mean you […]

The Queer, The Exotic & The Melancholy

I wrote this when I was in Phuket about 3 weeks ago when I was on holiday. We were at Patong, the most popular tourist beach area in Phuket. It’s akin to Batu Feringghi but with lots more flavour. We’d stayed at the southern and quieter stretch of Patong but from our hotel, it was […]