There is much to reflect upon the past decade. One thing is certain — moving abroad is one of the best decisions I ever made. Living in foreign lands, removed from the familiar comforts of Singapore, has broaden my horizons and enriched me.Read More
Putting down roots in Hong Kong
It has only been three weeks since I left Brussels for Hong Kong but it feels longer than that. It’s as if I’ve been catapulted into a fast-forward mode after an extended dormant period.Read More
Counting down to Hong Kong
Moving from sleepy Brussels with its perpetual gloomy weather to the bustling East Asian metropolis that is Hong Kong will be a welcome change. I can’t wait!Read More
Back in Brussels
I was in Doha on 22 March. A colleague told me that there had been an explosion at the airport when we stepped out during a break at the conference. I thought she was joking or maybe I had misheard something. It didn’t seem real.
But I wasn’t surprised that this had happened. It was only a matter of time.Read More
I love aged pu-erh tea 普洱茶. Its woody, musty aroma evokes images of misty rainy mornings in the wilderness. The first sip of freshly brewed pu-erh tea always makes me sigh contentedly, close my eyes and take a deep breath as I slip into a state of bliss and calm. Which is like the effect…Read More
Victor Horta is regarded as the father of Art Nouveau architecture and designed some of the most iconic buildings in Brussels. Sadly, many of his early Art Nouveau creations, most notably Maison du Peuple, were demolished in the 1960s and 1970s as these were deemed old fashioned. 120 years ago, Horta was commissioned to design…Read More
Little Anatolia in Brussels
We were in Saint-Josse-ten-Noode (also known as Sint-Joost-ten-Node in Flemish) last weekend to check out the flea market. While we were in central Brussels, it felt like we were somewhere else in Turkey! Several streets were closed off to traffic on the occasion of the flea market which, disappointingly, was selling mostly brand-new, mass-produced junk.…Read More
Oh sweet dessert!
Did you know that your stomach, when empty, is about the size of your fist? As the stomach is a muscle, it expands and contracts when you consume food. The human stomach can stretch to around 40 times its original size, to around two litres, after a huge meal. I have a hearty appetite and…Read More
Maison Cauchie: One of Brussels’ Art Nouveau masterpieces
If not for Guy and Léona Dessicy, Brussels would have lost another Art Nouveau masterpiece. I had written about Maison Cauchie in a post earlier this year after my first visit. Last month, I got to enjoy some rare Asian tea at Maison Cauchie (thanks to Jing who runs the excellent Source de Lumière tea shop). Before…Read More