‘How about today, shall we smoke?’ The diminutive* pensioner sitting opposite me lifts two fingers to her mouth; they are holding an invisible cigarette. ‘Sure, Vicky. Why not,’ I reply, and she is visibly delighted. She is not actually talking about smoking, but sharing some ricotta cigars—cylindrical pastries that are filled with cheese and jam,

It’s the eve of Chinese New Year and several of my friends will be visiting their families tonight for what’s known as ‘reunion dinner’. Although my paternal grandfather was of Chinese heritage, my family have never done anything special to celebrate the occasion. Nevertheless, it’s got me reflecting on family—the support, the challenges, and the

Less Cynicism, More Happiness

Thursday, 22 January 2015 by

A friend of mine used to work as a consultant at one of the ‘Big 4’ firms. Aside from his business acumen, you’ll never guess what he was most well known for, even among some of his top clients … giving out smiley face badges. One per day on average to a random person he crossed

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