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Grace in a breakfast

In the ryokan (traditional Kyoto inn) where I’m staying, grace comes through even in breakfast. Consider the kind of breakfast you have typically when traveling. There is a large and noisy dining hall, usually the hotel cafe, with an array … Continue reading

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Kyoto: a balm for the world

Why has no one ever told me about Kyoto? If I had to be reborn, I would ask for it to be here, a million times over. Kyoto is serenity. (Run, don’t walk, here if you’re craving some calm.) The … Continue reading

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Books, my comfort food

What’s your comfort food? I use that term loosely to mean whatever you go to for comfort. For me, it’s books. When the outside world feels unclear and incomprehensible, I retreat to an inner world written on defined pages, within … Continue reading

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Thank you, Starbucks

“Ni hao!”┬áThe barista called out, as I stepped into a Starbucks cafe in downtown Shanghai. “Ni hao!” He said again. I looked up and realised he was talking to me. A 20-something chap with a cherubic face and trendy eyeglasses … Continue reading

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How to survive chaos

The world is seething these days, tumbling in all directions in a hot, angry spill. I wonder how to cope some days. I scroll over a few news nuggets and am sickened in my stomach. And then I chance upon … Continue reading

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Waiting

The man sat outside the train station, directly across the exit from where people poured out. It was the evening hour and beaten down office workers were retreating home. Peanut hawkers milled about, coaxing slender paper cones filled with roasted, … Continue reading

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What I want to say

For many days now, I’ve been wondering what I want to say. Nothing comes up. It’s a sensation similar to what you would see when you peer into Homer Simpson’s head – empty space, a cavern of idiotic blankness. I … Continue reading

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