It’s that time of the year again - when we are stuffed from Christmas feasting and anticipating another round of food and drink to ring in the New Year. Some of us are planning to watch fireworks, some have boozy gatherings with friends scheduled, while the rest are still deciding if they should use their Rediscover SG vouchers over the long break.
Touched by Japanese craftsmen's single-minded devotion to quality, Tong hopes to emulate this spirit in Singapore with his watch straps. Each of his handcrafted straps is a piece of Japanese culture and tells its own unique story.
Being a mixed family, the Kumsy family's festive meal on this day consists of South Indian dishes like rasam and poori, and specially-made vegetarian yakisoba. We joined them for dinner and a chat over tea.
Despite my eager efforts to forge friendships and integrate into the Japanese society, why weren't things working? One major takeaway from my university experience in Japan is that friendly people do not mean friends.
This heritage center pays no shortage of tribute in memoriam to the local forces, but it also implores us to explore the gravitas of conflict and the measures that good men and women must take to prevent such atrocities from happening ever again.