More than a mere list of random jumbles I’ve read/watched in 2018, including some on my list next year. Curation #1: nonfiction
My mind traverses the continent with you. It glides in mid-air across cirrocumulus clouds, strolls through mist-filled streets in-between red-brick walls, and sits by the window looking out to a collegiate gothic tower. As you turn the wind-coat collar to the cold and damp, shower in the golden sun rays among squirrels and water birds, … Continue reading Til’ we meet again
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A lump in my throat, Not heavy like Adam’s apple or sharp like an uncut gemstone. A fairy wren trapped in a deep well, flapping its wings to keep itself in mid-air. a fairy wren by Punk Biologist Where did the egg hatch? It’s hard to recall from a thousand places in memory. Was it … Continue reading On a cloistered night
Thousands of Singaporeans lent ears to Dr. Jane Goodall, renowned primatologist and UN messenger of peace, as she preached climate change actions in November 2019. At the same time, a 16-year-old girl shook national leaders awake from their inaction to keep global temperature rise below 1.5°C. In today's age of information boom, scientific knowledge is … Continue reading What if any obligations do I have to convince the science skeptics?
1. Be sensitive not to victimize Wuhan people further on social media. We are equally vulnerable in the face of the coronavirus. It does more good to empathize with and support all Wuhanese who are bearing majority of the pains for the rest of us, than to alienate them. This principle applies both nationally and … Continue reading The 2019-nCOV outbreak: things we did not think much about
Last Thursday 7pm EST. Friday morning 8am local time. I still vividly remember me frantically typing away on my laptop the night before, and clicking "save" on my half-done uchicago uncommon essay. After a full week of panic, with my heart wrung tight between equally competent Duke applicant profiles on social media, and a pile … Continue reading Admitted to Duke! Click in for some insider tips, for free!
“Eh” Lay your tongue flat On the ground of your oral cavity Shut your epiglottis and push your diaphragm down a crack Blow thy gentle breeze From the depth of your chest: “Eh” Crisp, gentle, almost unnoticeable This is an infant’s call for its mama’s pat To force out the little bubbles Tumbling inside its … Continue reading I have a poetry collection! Some excerpts /2
Art credit to brallanq.tumblr.com On Platonic Human Connections May there be a moment in your life when In another’s eyes you find wonders that need no conscious searching: They open up into an abyss that marries all colors and darkness at once, In which you detach and drown at the same time; From the collision … Continue reading I have a poetry collection! Some excerpts /1
This post marks my novice months into nature photography, some pictures with a little help from snapseed. Seriously need to fix the lightings in some (wait until I learn to use Photoshop!), as half were taken near dusk (about 630 pm). Enjoy! Any critiques are more than welcomed! A pink-necked green pigeon couple. Singapore Botanical … Continue reading Nature Photography compilation [July-November 2019]
J. M. Coetzee's Age of Iron tactfully renders philosophical contemplation about life and death, personal struggles of beliefs, relationships and pain, and sociopolitical issues of South Africa under Apartheid in a beautiful, tragic, literary tale. It is a confession, an elegy of a generation, and a road to self-discovery. Her poetic style speaks to me … Continue reading Age of Iron: there is birth in death