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Unnecessary Things

I have been simplifying my life since I moved out of my parents place almost 20 years ago and set up my own “bachelor’s pad”. I was not very established financially, so I could not afford to spend a lot … Continue reading

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Ah Ma Poke-Poke Face – the long story

[WARNING: Long Post.] PL’s mother is “Ah Ma” to Z. So to differentiate her mother from mine, my mother is “Ah Ma Poke-Poke Face” because when Z was an infant, she would poke Z’s face to get a reaction from … Continue reading

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People who live in shoe boxes shouldn’t…

[Jan 2018 note: I started writing this in Dec of 2014, just after Z was born, and we had moved into our little shoebox apartment, and we were learning to deal with living in a small space. I think all … Continue reading

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No Home for Old Men

Or dead men. I bought my flat when I was 36. The flat then was already 30 years old. As it is a HDB flat, it was on a 99-year lease. By the time the 99-year lease expires, I would … Continue reading

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Geylang Girl in Toa Payoh

We moved back to Toa Payoh about a week before Christmas. Zoe has adjusted well. As has her grandmother. She has more space to run around (Zoe mainly, but her grandmother too) and the neighbourhood is more interesting (again for … Continue reading

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Changes after a year

On the last day of 2015, as I was leaving for work (late), I met the foreign worker who was sweeping the corridor outside my flat. (I assume that he is foreign because he is young, Indian, and working as … Continue reading

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The Long Goodbye

Zoe is learning how to say “bye-bye”. Which she accompanies with a backward flapping of her fingers – like she is grasping and ungrasping something in her hand. And her “bye bye” tends to be very soft in volume. And … Continue reading

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