On Traveling Alone (And Happening to be a Woman)

As I type this, I am alone in my quaint little hotel room in Hotel Le Regent in Paris, hearing my own typing in the keyboard, my own asthmatic breath, and absolutely nothing else. I bask in my solitude, appreciating the silence that accompanies it. I could blast on my iTunes or Spotify playlist, turn […]

Death and Taxes

  “…in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes,” Benjamin Franklin once wrote in a letter to Jean-Baptiste Leroy, circa 1789. This is why I am very anal about getting my payslip twice a month, as if to validate my sheer surrender. It just seems good practice to always compute the […]

Some Things Would Have to Wait

“Let things happen in its own time,” my mother would always remind me, whenever I look too far in the future or dig too deep in the past. “Besides, you’re only 21!” she’d add with a snort. In bed last night, at about 10:30pm, I found myself pondering on this, while I scrutinized my fingernails […]