Image by Tom Purvis in 1947, taken from Wikipedia Commons The second last day of July 1880 witnessed another unbearably hot summer afternoon for the city of London. At the southern complex of shophouses situated along Tottenham Court Road, blazing sunlight radiated off three golden spheres, the universal symbol of the pawnbroking institution. In an… Continue reading Fiction Writing Project: The Wealthy Pawnbroker (A Sherlock Holmes Short Story).
Balcony GardenThe aloe vera flowered recently and gave birth to two new babies! My mum the gardener was visiting recently and she helped to transplant them to their own pots before she left. She used my composted soil so we'll see if it's any good. I've actually stopped composting for some time now because we… Continue reading Another Set Of Twins Is Born (And Other Updates)
Verticulture Optimizing The WebstoreSo this past week I've been working on improving my website http://www.verticulture.store. I added the 'product reviews' function (no actual reviews yet, of course), order tracking, and a contact page. I totally overlooked writing the contact page when launching the website, even though I already put the header in the main menu.… Continue reading Pinterest Marketing, My First Sale And Other Updates…
Time for some updates regarding the blog and important stuff I've been working on. Father's DayJust spent a regular day at home with the family, we're still maintaining social distancing and living like hermits apart from Lea's office commute. I could probably use a haircut soon. Diet/NutritionOn the Father's Day weekend I made some ten-don… Continue reading Post-Father’s Day Life Updates
My dad got me started in fountain pens in my teens. I still remember using a maroon Pilot fountain pen that he bought me when I went to secondary school. I used that for many years doing homework, writing and sketching. I still have memories of taking it to tuition classes. It eventually broke and… Continue reading Four Fountain Pens I’d Like To Leave To My Kids.
Woodblock titled Mt. Fuji #2 by Azechi Umetaro (1979). Image from ukiyo-e.org Azechi Umetaro knew from a young age that all he wanted to be was an artist. However, he was born to a poor farming family in the remote village of Uwajima, about 900 kilometres (559 miles) from the city of Tokyo. Ordinarily, this… Continue reading Against All Odds – The Life & Times of Azechi Umetaro
Found a text file I archived with some poems I wrote circa 2000. They could be classified into two genres, love poems and....depressing emo minimalism (LOL). Some didn't age well, but some I'm still quite happy with, despite the melancholic vibes and Robert Frost homages. I think that some of them have never actually been… Continue reading Found Some Poems I Wrote 20 Years Ago.