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The 2015 Nutshell

I started 2015 wrong, plain and simple. Erroneously and regretfully with the mindset that there was no way fifteen could beat the incredible journey of fourteen. In 2014, I saw things. Did things. Lived on another continent for six months, travelled to fifteen cities, interned …

Lost in Los Vida

Due to the tardiness of public transport and who I am as a person, I’m already late to the party. The shopfront from of Los Vida is modest and humble but tumbling down this rabbit-hole reveals a Mexican wonderland unlike any this unaccustomed Alice has …

Sydney Night Noodle Markets 2015

The noodle markets are back! I was really looking forward to making multiple visits this year since I didn’t get to sample much when I was working at the markets last year. With a ridiculously impressive line-up including some newcomers (Hello, Devon!) and the promise …

Diam

  Diam is Malay for quiet. Like English there are many other ways to describe the silence. Senyap which will forever sound authoritative to me, thanks no thanks government education institutionalisation. There’s tenang, which is more serene. The kind of word you’d use in the …

Death and Writing

Image: readthespirit I watched Dead Poet’s Society on a plane flying back home. I was given the DVD a long time ago but never felt “in the mood” for what looked a little like Hollywood’s interpretation of a self-help book. I’m not adverse to heart-warming …

Nara

This is me writing about Japan but before you close your window, this is the last one to conclude my 2014 trip. Nara is a town located 45 minutes from Osaka by train. If you happen to be in Osaka there really is no reason …

Bennelong

I never really thought I would go back to a Peter Gilmore restaurant after one particularly lacklustre experience at Quay in 2012. But from the moment it was announced that he had won the tender for the space in the Opera House, I knew I …

Sakana-Ya

Sakana-Ya might as well be renamed Low-Ya considering the frequency in which my family goes there. Birthdays? Sakana-Ya. Celebratory event? Sakana-Ya. Weekend dinner for when someone is too lazy to cook? Sakana-Ya. I love daily routines like getting up at 6 am and brushing my …

Samyang Foods Buldak Bokkummyeon Review

I hardly ever eat instant noodles but I absolutely cannot back down when my spice tolerance is challenged. My cousin Adrian got into reading The Ramen Rater over the holidays and started to go looking for some of these supposed best instant noodles in the …