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Aug 9, 2020

Window Swapping the world

I love Window Swap. I wrote about swapping my window for a view of the pyramids a few days ago, but now I'm back again, because there's so much more to it. Thanks to COVID, we're all kinda stuck in our country of residence indefinitely, for now. Who knows when we will be able to travel, and even i...

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Aug 7, 2020

Window view to the Giza pyramids

I just spent ten minutes watching the (video) view of someone else's window on Window Swap. This window belongs to Abdulrahman, who live in Giza, Egypt, and his window is front seat view to the Great Pyramids. What a view! I sat there, mesmerized, transfixed, at these ancient monuments, like as if...

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Jun 29, 2020

What would you need to feel safe while travelling post-covid?

The wanderlust itch is returning. I can feel it. But with most borders still closed, one can only dream. To curb that itch today, I got to scrolling through old photos on Instagram of my travels. If I can't be there in body, maybe in mind...for a bit. But it also got me thinking about post-covid tra...

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Dec 20, 2019

Keto in Ubud, Bali

So I'd been travelling a bit in Ubud, Bali. Spent 10 days here. I was initially a little apprehensive about finding keto-compliant foods, as I'm not all too familiar with Indonesian cooking. And Ubud is known for lots of healthy, vegan restaurants, so I wasn’t sure if there’s any keto there. But a...

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Dec 21, 2019

Bye bye Bali, for the last time, in a long time

It always starts with a few words. But these few words had been hard, and a long time coming. It's hard to say goodbye. As I'm writing this, tears flow. ? So...it's goodbye, Bali. For the last time, in a long time. Thank you for caring for me all this while. You had been a silent witness to my hea...

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Dec 16, 2019

A life that you don't need to heal from (ext'd)

I always looked forward to my year-end retreats here in Ubud, Bali. It's like you hold your breath for the whole year, dive as deep and long as you can, and then come up for air in December. I can literally breathe better when I imagine myself taking off from the tarmac towards the famed Islands of ...

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Dec 14, 2019

A life that you don't need retreats from

I always looked forward to my year-end retreats here in Ubud, Bali. It's like you hold your breath for the whole year, dive as deep and long as you can, and then come up for air in December. I can literally breathe better when I imagine myself taking off from the tarmac towards the famed Islands of ...

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Dec 11, 2019

Writing by the moonlight

It's full moon tonight. Pale silverlight casting a dim glow on the valley of trees below. It rained in the evening, and the clouds cleared out for the night. So the moon, in all of its full radiant glory, has the sky to Herself tonight. All is quiet, only lightly accompanied by the chorus of cicad...

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Dec 10, 2019

Back again in Ubud

It's so quiet. Too quiet. It's always unsettling to arrive at your destination in the dead of the night. I can't see anything outside of the window, and it feels the darkness of the night is staring back at you. It doesn't help that huge fish tank-like windows line the entire wall. I close the cur...

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Dec 6, 2019

A year of daily writing

Mixed feelings It's interesting to observe my inner vacillation between "Yaaay it's been 365 days of writing!" and "Oh it's been a year. Nothing to see here. Keep calm and carry on." Because after one year, my relationship with writing feels like it had progressed into like one of those long-time ...

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Dec 1, 2019

Deep December

It's monthly goals time. I'm going to keep it simple for December. It is, after all, the end of the year. And the decade. What better opportunity to just simply...retreat deep into reflection and restoration. Getting to the required depth to find the real treasures. That's why - Deep December. No ...

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Nov 20, 2019

A flâneur's apartment in Ubud

I just went to Bali with my wife for a short couple get-away. This time, we stayed at an Airbnb shophouse apartment right smack in town, in Ubud central. And boy did we discover a diamond in the rough. It's fascinating how our external environment shape our moods and feelings. I'd stayed in many r...

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Nov 6, 2019

Blue spaces

From forest-bathing to...well, real bathing. In the sea. I just read this intriguing article on The Guardian, about "Blue spaces: why time spent near water is the secret of happiness". It talks about there's new research that shows how spending time near bodies of water - oceans, lakes, rivers - h...

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Aug 24, 2019

Phuntsholing, Bhutan ??

Phuntsholing felt like one of those cowboy towns in the Wild West. Not the lawlessness, but the electric vibe of a place that's at the borderlands; a city far from the capital and seemingly less concerned about formalities; a town with thriving trade and commerce like one of those cattle trading pos...

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Jul 23, 2019

Melaka ??

Have you ever witnessed how a place close to your heart deteriorate slowly over the years into something you feel disappointed to come back to? This place is Melaka (or Malacca). It's a small town in Malaysia, about six hours north of Singapore. Usually my wife and I would take a coach bus up and s...

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Jun 22, 2019

Your cabin in the woods

What would your cabin in the woods look like? Imagine. @Rawhead 's post about building fires in the summer, made me finally complete this draft post I'd been wanting to finish for some time now. The imagery and feels from his post, gave me just the right nudge. If you're a city dweller, do you ...

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Jun 21, 2019

Re: Places where I lived

Inspired [email protected] 's post, here's my own note to self of the places I had been to. Not necessarily having lived there for one month, just cities and countries I traveled to before. Asia Malaysia ?? Thailand ?? Vietnam ?? Indonesia ?? Myanmar ?? Hong Kong ?? / China ?? Japan ?? Philippines ??...

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Jun 3, 2019

Two coffees, worlds apart

It's raining. Finally. What a relief, after weeks of boiling hot and sticky weather. I was early for my next meeting, so I got myself a cup of local coffee at a local coffee shop, colloquially called a kopi tiam (literally coffee shop in local dialect). It's that kind of cheap brew that gives you ...

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May 31, 2019

Wanderlust - explore new places or revisit favourite places?

It's been slightly over a month since I returned from my last epic trip in Japan. And already I'm itching to go somewhere...again. The wanderlust is real. Should I revisit old haunts that I loved? Bali? Iceland? Japan in summer this time? Or should I try out a new adventure and go somewhere I had...

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May 26, 2019

Sunsets at Shijo

Sunsets at Shijo. Blue fading to tangerine in the sky, birds flying home, ducks wading back to their nests, people emerging from their jobs onto the banks of the Kamo river. There's a relaxed vibe in the air. Somehow, Shijo is a natural hub for everyone. The fourth bridge, and probably Kyoto's b...

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May 20, 2019

How does one be a traveller in your own city?

I initially wanted to ask how does one be a traveller in your own country, but realised for many, it is possible to travel in one's country due to sheer size of the country. But I come from Singapore, which is a small city state in South East Asia. So no such luck when it comes to having a real sens...

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May 16, 2019

We're all time travellers

@daniellucas is someone I'd been reading here on 200wad, and his writings often prompt me to sit up and think. Maybe it's because I enjoy reading musings and reflections on life...maybe it's his writing style. It's beautifully descriptive in the way that I'd been enjoying writing. So his recent one ...

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May 16, 2019

2024: Singapore. Home, truly.

5 years from today. 2024. I'll be 45. A day in the life of me, imagined. A writing exercise in daydreaming about the future, as if I was writing it in the present. --- Despite our months of nomading as a family, we try to make time to be back in Singapore for some months. It's our roots, after ...

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May 15, 2019

2024: Spaced out in Iceland

5 years from today. 2024. I'll be 45. A day in the life of me, imagined. A writing exercise in daydreaming about the future, as if I was writing it in the present. --- Everywhere, just expansive vastness. That's how it feels like to drive in Iceland. Growing up in a concrete jungle like Singapor...

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