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Sweating it out over Badminton

Two years into my stay in Singapore, and I have started finding new hobbies and new ways to socialise. One of the two most constructive ways of socialising that I have discovered is by playing badminton. It's very popular in this part of the world, and not...

Sunday Lunch at Alter Ego

I'm not one to rave about restaurant food, but when the experience is this good, it deserves a post! I have a ritual on Sundays where I meet up with a group of friends - both old and new - over lunch. Today, we met at Alter Ego, this neat restaurant at...

Amazon Prime in Singapore and reflecting on RedMart

I've been using RedMart for the last two years here in Singapore and have a generally great experience. They simplified my shopping experience and saved me loads of time. About 8 months ago, Amazon appeared in Singapore under an offering that they call...

In-your-face advertising

Seen at a local supermarket in Kolkata. There's a statistic out there that suggests that the average urban dwelling human is exposed to 5,000 ads per day. Here in Kolkata at a local Indian supermarket, they may have taken that a step further by placing an...

From Kolkata

This is the last day of my trip to Kolkata. I've been visiting my parents and helping them out with a few items that they needed me to step in. I've had to go into central Kolkata a few times, and have had the pleasure of getting caught in traffic in the...

Life in Singapore

Sunday Lunch at Alter Ego

I'm not one to rave about restaurant food, but when the experience is this good, it deserves a post! I have a ritual on Sundays where I meet up with a group of friends - both old and new - over lunch. Today, we met at Alter Ego, this neat restaurant at...

Recipes

Urad Dal Hummus

This is a two and a half minute guide to making Urad Dal Hummus. This is not hummus in the true sense, but a bit of creative liberty that I took with some Urad Dal (split with no skins), some garlic, olive oil, salt, cumin powder, black pepper and lemon juice. The...

The Dark Side Iced Coffee

The Dark Side Iced Coffee is just a regular glass of iced coffee made from full cream milk, and an iced-coffee cube moulded in the shape of Darth Vader's mask. This is just a fun thing to do, and is not really special in any way from a regular coffee... except for the...

Masur Dal

Dal is a staple at almost every Indian meal, and there are several varieties of them. Their preparations can vary from the simple to the very elaborate. Masur Dal (red lentils) can be purchased at most grocery stores. Their vivid bright orange...

Travel Guides

Visiting Hong Kong

Hong Kong is a city that offers a great urban getaway. It is generally safe for tourists, and it has an excellent public transportation system. Now having reunified with China, Hong Kong is set apart from mainland China thanks to its years of being under the British....

Visiting Japan Part 2: Tokyo

Tokyo is a city that needs no introduction. As a nation, Japan is a country of contrasts and harmony; a technologically advanced nation that is built on centuries of tradition. It is one of the most densely populated nations in the world. In spite of this, it's...

Visiting Japan Part 1: What you need to know

This is the first in a series of articles about travelling to Japan. I had originally planned to write up a single article, but realised very quickly that it was going to become quite large, and that it made sense to break it down into smaller chunks. When I moved to...

Travel Stories

In-your-face advertising

Seen at a local supermarket in Kolkata. There's a statistic out there that suggests that the average urban dwelling human is exposed to 5,000 ads per day. Here in Kolkata at a local Indian supermarket, they may have taken that a step further by placing an...

From Kolkata

This is the last day of my trip to Kolkata. I've been visiting my parents and helping them out with a few items that they needed me to step in. I've had to go into central Kolkata a few times, and have had the pleasure of getting caught in traffic in the...

A day running errands in Kolkata

I spent most of the day today riding in a hire car with my parents to run a few errands in Kolkata. I caught this image at the end of the day, while waiting for our driver to come and pick us up. This was shot on an iPhone X right outside Telephone House...

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