Coming Back: Gap Year Week 28

I felt more than a little sad coming back to Singapore. Six weeks in India had felt like they could and would last forever: a month and a half stretched far into the distance until you were at the end of it and parting at the airport and staring down a boarding pass that sent… Continue reading Coming Back: Gap Year Week 28


Returns, Possibilities, and Fourth-Graders: Gap Year Week 21

Last week, I came back to Singapore after three weeks in Sri Lanka. It was a short return, admittedly—I am now elsewhere and continuing what’s now a firmly ingrained bad habit of avoiding any timeliness when writing blog posts. Short returns, though, will now be the norm, especially as I spend longer and longer periods… Continue reading Returns, Possibilities, and Fourth-Graders: Gap Year Week 21

Return: Gap Year Week 8

Two months after I started this blog, and finally we have come back to Singapore. Returning here means that every morning when my brother gets up for school, I’m still sleeping, and the bus I napped on for ten years rolls away full of screaming elementary schoolers without me, thank god. It also means that… Continue reading Return: Gap Year Week 8


The jumping spider scuttles along the edge of my bag, pauses, stares up at us with small black eyes. I stare back, entranced by the hairs on its body that is only slightly bigger than our fingernail. I put a piece of paper next to it, trying to coax it on; instead it hurries further… Continue reading Jumping


A saltwater crocodile sits in the rain at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve. The largest of all living reptiles, salties are pretty impressive - and pretty creepy - creatures. They're the most widely distributed crocodile, meaning you can see their eyes just poking over the top of the water anywhere from tropical Asia to the Pacific.… Continue reading Salty

Spider on Sky

We can learn a lot from spiders. For example: how to escape gravity. That is not to say we are all trapeze artists, capable of dancing through the air on silken cords. But rather to understand how to balance on a knife's edge, to find a home and comfort millimeters from falling. How to resist… Continue reading Spider on Sky