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The Welsh Word for Homesickness

Do you ever feel homesick for something that does not exist? The Welsh even have a word for it: hiraeth, which loosely translates into a sense of nostalgia for something that you cannot go back to or that never existed. In my case, this means the life I had before coming to New York. It’s not that… Read more »

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A Few Days in New York

  If you were to look at the ordinary things I blog about, you could forget that I live in New York. Over the past few weeks, I’ve become so busy with a new job and the thousands of other little tasks that come with existing that I’ve completely neglected to document my experiences in… Read more »

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Clowning Around (Except Not Really)

Today, I encountered rudeness at every single step of my day. Strangers who were sarcastic towards me for no reason. Others who took out their own impatience on me. Even people I know who, through not showing up, made it abundantly clear that they consider their time much more important than mine. And while days like today are enough… Read more »

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Pasta Party

  I started a new job today! It is, of course, too early for me to wax too poetic about what I’m doing (beyond writing and reporting, of course) and how it’s going. Instead, I am just going to share a photo of the two types of pasta I ate in toast to the new… Read more »

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Rewatching Sex and the City in 2017

I’ve decided to finally watch all the seasons of Sex and the City for the first time. (I’ve obviously watched odd episodes before, but never a full season.) Doing that in 2017 is a strange experience — some of the moments feel incredibly dated while others could apply to any woman living in New York today, whether she… Read more »

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Subway Etiquette (Or A Bit of Rider Shaming)

I’m in a grumpier mood than usual this evening and so want to rant about something that I often see happen on the subway. Crowded train. Lots of people. One pole between several rows. Some particularly clever person leans against the pole instead of grabbing it and, by doing so, leaves everyone around without something… Read more »

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Next Best Thing for Valentine’s: Fashion Week

  When your loved one is far away, the next best way to spend Valentine’s Day is by going to shows at New York Fashion Week. No, I’m not joking. I am doing some front-line reporting for a Singaporean style magazine and, through that, got an opportunity to attend some shows and clothing viewings with… Read more »

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The Complicated Nature of Friends

Making friends has never come all that easily to me. In high school, I was the girl who ate lunches alone in the library and would wistfully scroll through Facebook albums of parties that I was not invited to. Save for one best friend that I’ve known since I was tiny, I did not form… Read more »

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Life in New York: Weird Books for Kids

  So you know how certain neighbourhoods in New York have a lot of book vendors by the side of the road? Today, I was walking down Essex Street in the Lower East Side when I casually saw the book “My Daddy is a Pretzel” by Baron Baptiste alongside the Tom Clancy novels and old magazines. If you ask me,… Read more »

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To The Stranger Who Assaulted Me On The Subway

I wonder about what you thought when, after I got into the train at Nassau Station on Monday, you came up, grabbed me from behind, and started rubbing off your penis on my coat? Did you think that I wouldn’t try to fight back? That the extremely crowded train gave you good cover to assault? That you were entitled to a… Read more »