My dearest Ethan,

So here we are, you at 18. My goodness buddy, what a ride it has been with you. I think we can’t get to what is now and what could be without an accounting of what was.

Paps and I must have told you this story so…

Work. Noun. Definition: an activity involving mental or physical effort done in order to achieve a purpose or result.

Living life in (work) chapters

Getting into journalism was not part of my plan. My first job, fresh out of NUS, was as a research assistant at a division in the…

Lessons I learnt from Teaching

I will step away from a job I have been doing for more than a decade. Here are my thoughts on the things I learnt about teaching:

1. “Those who can’t, teach” – I don’t know who came up with this but it is quite…

Of Mothers and Tongues

My clearest memory of Mother Tongue classes in school was sitting at the exam hall, terrified, trying to figure out what I was supposed to do. My default mechanism was to think and plan in English and translate it into Tamil. …

Choosing faith over fear

Published first on Facebook January 2018

Recently, my almost-adult son decided he and some friends were going on a 48-hour adventure. This entailed going on a hike in Selangor without making a single forward booking – no bus or train or accommodation.

When he told me…

In the fading light of my parenthood

JULY 29, 2017 · Published on Facebook

This is something I wrote for my firstborn who turned 18 yesterday. I don’t normally share much but here’s something. sentimental, if you’re so inclined.

Dear Isaac,

To be 18…is to be at the cusp of…

Ode to my little furry boy

One of my earliest memories is that of a young girl watching my dad and his brother bury their pet dog in the garden behind our rambling kampung house.

In snatches of memory like bits of stray thread on a hem, I remember lots…

Crispina Robert

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