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coffee & dragons: five days to fall in love with hanoi

The evening we finally got round to booking our hotels, K was intently searching for the best accommodation we could get for our budget when I randomly chirped aloud: “I believe I will join you on your coffee adventure in Vietnam.” His response was one of brief surprise, followed by an approving: “You should. Coffee is good. And… it’s Vietnam.” K couldn’t be more right.  It was black, it was bold and it was beautiful. It was coffee and at first sip, I fell in love. It surprised me; I surprised me. The aroma of Vietnamese coffee is intoxicatingly strong with notes of a strangely pleasant pungency. You could have...

five days to fall in love with hanoi (part 1) 

Hanoi, Vietnam – the thought of visiting this city had me in bouts of nervousness and excitement. For one, I don’t travel as much and as often as my peers do. Secondly, this was going to be my first overseas trip with my boyfriend, K and the first time we were going to spend five days straight up with each other. Then of course, there’s the fact that, I’m a big worry wort. Will it be safe? Will we be okay? What if we lose our way? What if we argue? What will the Vietnamese be like? Will we become bored of each other’s company? Will he enjoy Hanoi? Will I enjoy Hanoi? Yes,...

psychosis of a paw parent 

Psychosis of a Paw Parent 01

If you’ve read my earlier post on Reclaiming Life, you’ll know one of the most important things in my life is Muffles. I fret over him the way a mother would over her baby. I talk to him the way a parent would to her toddler. I possess a desire to protect him from all the harm and evils of the world the way a mother wants to protect her child. These are feelings and behaviours that I never thought would overcome me upon becoming a pet owner four years ago. But they did – so much so that the term “pet owner” sounds almost incorrect and vulgar now. In fact,...

reclaiming life: tsujiri and why weekends are important

Tsujiri 01

It has taken me a tad longer than usual to get this post out. The month of October has been a whirlwind. Everyone is busy. Everything is hurried. Every moment is chaotic. Peered through one end of the scope, it is sanity according to the media industry. Peered through the other end, it is what it is – insanity.  In short, work has been a big B the entire month. When I think about it, there are plenty of things to be despondent about. In the despondency, there are then many issues to be angry about. In the anger, there are many aspects I will begin to desire control over....