Monthly Archives: November 2018

The Inheritance of Love


Can you imagine I bought this book when Borders (you remember, that giant US bookshop to rival Kinokuniya and lost?) was still operating in Singapore? If not for the writer Kiran Desai being in Singapore for Singapore Writers Festival, I … Continue reading

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On Chesil Beach – Movie Review


Based on Ian McEwan’s novel. It’s the 1960s. A young graduate with a first class in History meets a violinist with a first class in music. They fall in love, get married and is now on honeymoon in a hotel … Continue reading

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Promise at Dawn (La promesse de l’aube) – French Movie Review


This is the autobiography of French writer Romain Kacew, known also as Romain Gary, who wrote 34 novels. He won the Goncourt Prize for French Literature two times. He took his own life at age 66. The movie starts with … Continue reading

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Melliber Apart Hotel (Casablanca) – review


We booked this hotel via Expedia for about US$70 excluding taxes which we paid cash (€50). We wanted one hotel closest to the Hassan II Mosque and this was the most reasonable, given its size. Located about 30 minutes walk … Continue reading

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One day in Casablanca


I am on my way to Marakesh and since I needed to transit in Casablanca, I decided to spend two nights here just because I love the classic film Casablanca, starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergmen. Modern day Casablanca is … Continue reading

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What a Wonderful Family – Japanese movie review


This movie is a heart warming family drama-comedy which I find difficult to imagine being Japanese, with the family members bickering and throwing tentrums, unlike the restrained and polite culture which is often portrayed in the media. The members of … Continue reading

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Casablanca – Movie classic


I am flying off to Casablanca tonight and my friend Dev texted me: ‘Ask Sam to play it again.’ That spurred me to search for the movie. I’d watched it many times when I was young but somehow the story … Continue reading

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