The Transcendant Words of Shoko Kanazawa

It happened in a split second. As Shoko Kanazawa received a freshly-dipped brush from her mother Yasuko Kanazawa, she bent over and kissed her mother’s hand. My throat tightened – it was such a moment of spontaneous gratitude. Born with Down Syndrome, Shoko’s story is one of birth and rebirth, inked by a father’s wisdom and…

35 Quick & Easy Ideas For Awesome Christmas Cookies

Fact: Christmas magically makes any cookie calories disappear. And if indulging in them makes us a little thicker around the waist, well, there is always the New Year resolution (ahem)! Jokes aside, there’s nothing that brings a Christmas celebration together like a heartwarming recipe. What can be more fun than baking Christmas cookies with friends…

Salaam

For the price of a stay-cation at Marina Bay Sands, I can now fly to Tehran. Tough call – not. Thank you Thai Airways! ❤

The Disappointments Room (Film Review)

I can’t help but feel like there should be an apostrophe in the title. But that’s not the only thing that is missing in this horror-mystery from director D.J. Caruso and writer Wentworth Miller. Dana (Kate Beckinsale) is an architect with a purpose, led by her well-meaning husband David (Mel Raido) to a recent purchase…

River (Film Review)

River (Gtsngbo) plays out a family’s complex relationship against the panoramic but sequestered mountains of Tibet. Director Sonthar Gyal anchors his film with stunning child acting prodigy Yangchan Lhamu, who takes us on a story arc of a jealous child rejected from her suckling habit as her mother bears a new child in her womb, while being…

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Contain Your Excitement (Hotel Review)

It’s a novel enough concept – having designer rooms carved out from containers to accommodate the quirky traveler. The Container Hotel in Kuala Lumpur pitches “sustainable architecture”. Freight containers and concrete pipes are compartmentalised into living quarters for the weary traveler. A small weary traveler preferably. An unexpectedly early bus arrival (4.30am) led me to…

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Coming From Bello (Hotel Review)

Boutique hotels have a lot of competition. Just like artisanal and handcrafted,  boutique belongs to the family of overused words that occasionally breaks their promise. Bello & Bella Boutique Hotel is situated in the residential segment of Cheras, Kuala Lumpur. Amidst a colourful mix of businesses, the establishment manages to keep said promise as a curated stay in this…