About Me

Photo credits: Niall Sohan
  • Avid reader (favourite books include but not limited to: Reunion by Fred Uhlman, The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera, Island by Aldous Huxley, The French Lieutenant’s Woman by John Fowles, To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf, Stoner by John Williams, amongst many others)
  • Blubbering writer (currently working on a novel whilst travelling solo by train through central Europe and subsisting on soggy Linzer tarts and butter-soaked croissants)
  • Compulsive traveller (see point above)
  • Dedicated cook (recent acquisitions include a sous-vide cooker, a much-too-large stock pot, and 16 champagne glasses for one too-small dorm room)

I started this blog in 2009, a fledging 12-year-old bent on sharing my stories of knights, princesses, and queens with the rest of the world. I’ve since moved on to post about my travels, cooking (mis)adventures, college shenanigans, and other dribs and drabbles of thoughts and things.

A little bit about myself in chronological form: born in Singapore, grew up overseas in Shanghai, returned to the motherland for high school — and now? Trying to figure out my life as I bustle about Stanford University (and the San Francisco Bay Area) taking a hodge-podge of computer science, philosophy, economics, and literature courses, whilst dancing for the ballroom team, managing the communications team for the Forum for American-Chinese Exchange, and writing for the political journal. In my free time (what free time?), I cook, play tennis, and drum out nonsensical jazz tunes on my piano (in decreasing order of frequency).

My idea of an afternoon well-spent would be to huddle up on a comfortable quilt-padded futon with a smashin’ homemade apple crumble in one hand, and a good book in the other, listening to the velvety tones of Frank Sinatra amongst the pensive thudding of the rain.

Things that make me happy:

  • A good, well thought-out piece of economics theory
  • Finding interdisclipinary links vis-a-vis a common topic
  • A fruitful conversation with a friend, or a stranger
  • Travelling when I’m supposed to be studying, or in class
  • Meeting old friends in new cities
  • French music, particularly jazzy arrangements
  • Constructivist art, especially Moholy-Nagy, Tatlin and Kandinsky
  • Old vinyl records selling for $1.99 in a random record shop in suburban America
  • Old vinyl records selling for €1 in random record stalls next to the Berlin wall
  • Picking fruits off fruit trees in the morning and making fresh fruit compote for freshly-made waffles
  • Rooftop bars and hidden jazz clubs (favourite genre of music: jazz, closely followed by classical)
  • All things lavender, lavender flowers, and lavender fields, particularly this lotion from C.O. Bigelow
  • Trains
  • Rivers, streams and other isolating bodies of water that give (in Walter Benjamin’s words) an unique apparition of a distance
  • Mojitos, peach bellinis, elderflower cocktails, lavender-infused drinks
  • Handwritten postcards and notes
  • Scandinavian design, minimalist aesthetics, clean-cut looks
  • Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis, amongst many others
  • Debussy, Piazzolla, Liszt, amongst many many others


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