Bali: The Island of the Exotic

Bali has always been the ideal tropical getaway for years, and when Eat, Pray, Love came out, the seams of tourism for this little country island exploded. The locals suddenly saw an onslaught of Western tourists and adapted accordingly; they picked up basic conversational English and an exceptional customer service attitude. Embarrassingly, my friend and…

Self-discovery

Walk that unmarked path into the woods, endless timber Of tears, fears, joy… the trail rediscovers, uncovers And when you return in ten months or ten years In the mirror, there is a new creature, a new calibre.

This free gift doesn’t give me the cheap creeps

They love to say that the Gospel is free. Well, it is free. Like the free public clinic sitting at the corner of the street. Do they just mean the water? It is free; and the man handing out gospel tracts know it. It is free, but we don’t like free things too much. Buy…

What Time Does

The clock on the wall bears a weight Pattie does not quite like. She cannot stand the gentle peeling on its edges, its ugly numericals and stiff mechanical clucks. She doesn’t throw it away, however, for she has respect for things that work just fine. Today is different, the clock seems to say to her. It’s George’s…

A Brief Breakup with Samsung Notes

Dear Samsung S Notes, I feel like murdering you for a little bit. I feel betrayed by you, and I am upset at myself that I ever thought I understood you. My brain is filled with the images of what we shared. Notes, thoughts, letters. We used to have so much together. I lost all my S…

Don’t expect to be Treated Fairly in this Life

I remember feeling really terrible one anonymous day. It was so bad I couldn’t sleep all night. I felt like the whole world was somehow in it. ‘They’ say your loved ones have the greatest access to your heart. I think ‘they’ really knew what they were talking about. One can never get used to hurt –…

How to Slow Down Time (Read Slowly)

The speed of life accelerates with eyes glued to a phone. It doubles when it comes to swiping the ice-pucks on super portables. Don’t even get me started on the rocketing effect that laptops have on time. (Think Sims 3 and Minecraft: Games that take us hours to build and draft) ~ When I sing a…

Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery

Maybe we’re all sick, with this too much of everything. Every once in a while you pick up a book that gives you access into the heads of very interesting people, and compels you to feel vaguely connected to them. A sort of short resonance with your own souls and theirs. This book was somewhat that for me….

Perth ain’t no pushover

“Land of the farm animals and infinite fields,” declared a friend of mine. Just tell someone you’ve just been to Perth for a holiday – then watch their expression go from excited to confused (something that of an odd horror). “What did you DO there??” they ask, genuinely surprised. Or “Did you do farm stay?” As if all…

Why Do We Fall in Love So Easily?

Falling in love with your eyes: Lovely looks, in a second Catches your eye, you can’t pretend She’s far beyond the clueless crowd If only you’d send your love out loud Falling in love with a sound: A flutter in your tummy Her insane laughter echoes This weird game of rummy Will never be as fun Without her…

You’re So Different From Me

We don’t have to dare to be different. We’re already so darn different. I think Avril Lavigne nailed the age-old, curious question about the diversities of life with her 2004 self-composed song, “How Does It Feel?” Her question, which is put rather beautifully into song, repeats itself throughout the track. “How does it feel to…

Wedding Ring

It wasn’t anything special, really. No fireworks of epiphany, nor people trumpeting things, loudly in my face. I was on the way home after work today and I caught sight of an indian man’s wedding ring. It was wedged uncomfortably on his oversized fourth finger – and it looked to me the most ordinary thing…