Desperate times call for desperate paddling

This week’s headlines haven’t been encouraging – Chinese political appointments, White House firings, school shootings, old Russian spies falling like flies, fake news threats and reactive legislation, fish strangled by plastic bags, weirder and weirder weather And nothing I can do about any of it except Doodle something Write something some days are like dogs … Continue reading

On Self-Censorship, OB Markers and Beyond

Last week, I made a hole in a fence I put pen to paper and asked – what if? I said- I’m part of the family but … I said – I’m not accepting this. Guess what? No bolts of lightning fell from the sky to strike me dead. No one came to excommunicate me. … Continue reading

What if we don’t need saving from original sin?

Thoughts after reading Danielle Shroyer’s Original Blessing: Putting Sin in its Rightful Place Original sin is a big deal in conventional Christian circles, a huge hurdle for modern day seekers to clamber over. Even I, a practicing Catholic and professing Christian, find the notion uncomfortable. Indeed, the premise we’re all born fundamentally faulty and so … Continue reading

What if all creation?

I always get a bit of a spiritual high during Lent. Perhaps it’s all that incense at the church services. Or maybe it’s just the season. Whatever, I’ve been thinking about the one-ness of everything. About the “love your neighbour as yourself” thing. The even more radical “love your enemies and pray for those who … Continue reading

A Father’s Day Reflection on Family, Citizens and Office Holders

When the first Facebook posting of the Lee family’s disputes appeared, my interest was piqued. Then came the ripostes from the Prime Minister and I became confused. It’s a veritable reality TV show now and I’m alarmed. As with all developments in life, including our national life, this is an opportunity to learn.  It is … Continue reading


FROM CASTIGATING THEM TO LOOKING AT OURSELVES I confess. I too decried  those activities of those university students. How could they even think it was okay, asking freshment to re-enact a rape, using a simulated climax as a forfeit? What was wrong with them? That was last week. Over the week end, an uncomfortable realization has … Continue reading

The words are back!

High summer, it’s time to chirp again. Yes, I’ve been silent. Blame it on the new thriller (which is proving difficult), or the fact I’ve to take care of the house now after leaving it to an excellent helper for nearly 18 years, or too much time on airplanes and cruise-ships, or just a lack … Continue reading

Nine Cuts – Book of the Year?

It’s nice, better than nice! Nine Cuts, my short story collection, has just been nominated for “The Asian Books Blog Book of the Lunar Year.” Do take a gander over there to see what it’s all about and VOTE. Wish me luck 😉      

Birthday dinner in the dark

For the last few years, Heart Guy and I have taken to celebrating my birthday in Vietnam. Birthdays are about celebrating the “newness” of life. Every year therefore, we try to experience something new, be it a part of the country we haven’t visited or a cuisine we haven’t tried. One year, we squatted at a … Continue reading

Heart Nine Cuts has been reviewed by Yeo Wei Wei

Yeo Wei Wei has just reviewed my short story collection Heart Nine Cuts in The Straits Times Book Page. Here’s the review: ———– The theme of hunting appears in epigraphs scattered through the volume. Hunting for stories in dark places is one way to summarise Singapore Literature Prize shortlisted novelist Audrey Chin’s collection of nine short stories. … Continue reading