Tag Archive: culture

Memoirs of a Kampung Girl

I dedicate this post to all my friends in Malaysia who made my growing up years one which I always look back with a quiet contentment in my heart. And a huge grin… Continue reading

Weekly Photo Challenge: Lost in the Details

  I sat on these old, intricate floor tiles in the inner courtyard of a Chinese temple one hot humid afternoon in Penang. Nestled deep within a vast courtyard, the Han Jiang Teochew Temple… Continue reading

The Pearl of the Orient

“Penang is the kind of place that ruined me for an ordinary life.” ~ Anthony Bourdain I was born in Penang. I think that alone makes up for everything else in life. I… Continue reading

Where the warm wind blows

It has taken me a while to return to the realm of the written word. Not because there has been nothing to write about. But because there simply has been too much. And at… Continue reading

Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreign

This is my son in the arms of Sima, our housekeeper and my closest companion in Afghanistan. Being house bound a lot during our two years in Kabul, I spent almost everyday in the company of… Continue reading

Glimpses of the Unhurried Life

I grew up in Kulim. A tiny, modest little settlement in rural Malaysia during the 80s. There were no traffic lights in our little town back then. Folks just slowly meandered through the sleepy streets in their… Continue reading

Helsinki – a place I call Home

“Where thou art, that is home.” ~ Emily Dickinson Helsinki is quaint. Helsinki is full of character. It is quirky. It is beautiful. It is where I journeyed across oceans to be wedded 14 years ago. It… Continue reading

You know it’s summer in Finland

When Finns disappear for a season of rustic contentment deep in the Land of a Hundred Thousand Lakes. And it looks like this at 11 o’clock in the evening. When these little fellows show up. And barnacle geese land in… Continue reading

A Delicate Beauty

“Men do change, and change comes like a little wind that ruffles the curtains at dawn, and it comes like the stealthy perfume of wildflowers hidden in the grass.” ~ John Steinbeck Finland has… Continue reading

Today is a Gift

If the only prayer you said in your whole life was “Thank you”, that would suffice ~Meister Eckhart (1260 – 1328) To be given this day to see, to love, to learn, to grow.… Continue reading