Hanif Kureishi: The Body

What if you could be someone else yet retain your memory and thoughts? I recently bought a secondhand copy of Hanif Kureishi’s The Body at Nijinski. The eponymous novella, which kicks off this collection of short stories, revolves around Adam, a successful playwright in his 60s who has seen better days. Like most people of his age, he sees and feels the…

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Seeing the World in Monochrome

I spent the weekend going through the photos that I took in Singapore last October. Inspired by my monochrome interpretation of a barbecue, I decided to render more images using an Agfa APX 25 film simulation. I usually take photos using a digital camera (Fuji x100) in raw mode and process the images in colour. I…

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BBQ + Daido Moriyama

While sipping some Valpolicella, I was going to review the recent photos taken in Venice. Instead, I was browsing photos of a mid-day barbecue taken in Singapore last October. My Valpolicella-fueled brain decided to use an Agfa APX 25 film simulation, with some inspiration from Daido Moriyama. Here are the results: Aperol Spritz Milk please for the…

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Abandoned in Charleroi

During a conversation with a group of journalists from the UK: Journalist 1: How do you find Brussels? Me: It’s a small city (blah blah blah)… It’s very convenient to visit and explore other cities from Brussels. Journalist 2: Where have you been in Belgium? Me: I’ve not been to most of the country yet. I really…

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No Shitty Coffee in Paris

During a recent heated discussion with AB about where to go for coffee in Paris: AB: “You don’t even like coffee!” Me: “Well, I don’t like drinking shitty, over-roasted coffee.” I seldom drink coffee. Once in while, especially when I travel for work and tend to get less sleep than usual, I would have some cappuccino…

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