Mixed like a Rojak

What is “Rojak”?  Rojak is a dish served in Malaysia and Singapore. It is essentially a local salad. The ingredients in a typical rojak dish include turnips, cucumbers, pineapples, bean sprouts, peanuts, fried tofus, banana flowers, green mangos and a delicious dressing that consists of lime juice and prawn. However, there is really no specific…

School of Thought

Compared with many Asians a generation ahead of me, my generation was the lucky one.  We had a minimum of 9 years of compulsory school education in Hong Kong.  It was ‘compulsory’ because parents could go behind bars if they failed to send their kids to school. I was born in the 1960s. The generation…

First in Three Decades

There has been a saying in Hong Kong relatively recently, which goes like this –  “How many decades does one have?” The answers would be: (1) Not too many, (2) No one knows for sure. It was a few weeks ago over a casual conversation, that my wife, Moon, asked me whether I wanted to…

A Tough Cookie

Nowadays many people take up running as a hobby or habit in Singapore and Hong Kong. Running is a rather low consumption sport, nothing much in terms of facilities is needed for running. It is also a lovely form of exercise as long as it is done at an easy pace. An easy pace is…

Just a Circle – Part 2

…(continued from previous post)… At that December 23, 1992 dinner, my sister, Jennifer, suggested, “Why don’t Moon and you just go ahead and get married? And by the way…” I thought to myself, “…By the way. what??” n Jennifer went on, “In case you get a divorce, no matter where you are, most likely half of…

Just a 1992 Circle – Part 1

For those who read my earlier post, I talked about the fact that Moon and I have been married since the very last day of 1992. Getting married is not a small matter, right? Many of my friends spent years trying to find their soulmate. Some of them are still looking for that special one.…

Late or not?

We are officially in 2015. “Officially” because as of this time, schools have re-opened, people are back at work and life is pretty much back to normal after the year end celebrations. Quoting my little one at home, “The 12 days of Christmas are over.” She is right – now is back to life and…

80 and Counting

Is 64 years of age ‘old’? I ask this not because The Beatles wrote a song, “When I’m 64”… Many people do not know that part of the Astroboy manga comics series was born in 1950 (or 1951) and that series was set in the year 2015. Yes, that is NOW!! Human beings have tried…