Monthly Archives: February 2019

The Examined Life by Stephen Grosz


I wouldn’t have picked up this book if not for an article in the Chinese Sunday newspapers in which an author introduced the Chinese translated version of this book and he made it sound so interesting I had to Google … Continue reading

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The Bus Driver who wanted to be God by Etgar Keret


If you’ve read my review of his other book, Suddenly, A Knock On The Door (https://vickychong.wordpress.com/2019/01/18/suddenly-a-knock-on-the-door-by-etgar-keret/) you would know this Israeli writer has been described as Kafkaesque, for his bizarre stories which he makes them so realistic you don’t find them weird … Continue reading

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Offending Tai Sui


Today is the third day of the lunar new year. This year is the year of the pig. According to this signage in front of Thian Hock Keng Temple at Telok Ayer Road, my zodiac sign, the snake, together with … Continue reading

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1819 by Isa Kamari


This year, Singapore celebrates the Bicentennial of the founding of Modern Singapore by Sir Stamford Raffles. The Singapore Literature Book picked this book for our February meet to coincide with the celebration. This book, a historical fiction, is translated from Malay. … Continue reading

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The Joy of eating Asian Food


The US TV dating show, The Bachelor came to Singapore, supposedly to eat our local food (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/voraciously/wp/2019/01/29/the-bachelor-goes-to-singapore-and-perpetuates-nasty-stereotypes-about-asian-food/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.bf148e1627e3 ). Unfortunately, most of the contestants found our food not only not appetizing, one actually vomited.   I don’t blame them. Many local kids I know may … Continue reading

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