Where was Charlie?: Pulling together a Winning Sum

Charlie Lim (@wherewascharlie) and Jasper Tan (@vilecorpses) have been two people that I admired for a long time. And I was having a long (re: shitty as hell) day, thinking that I’d end up living life as a zero-sum game. I’ve listened to Charlie Lim before – he’s a fixture on my Spotify ‘favourites’, ‘quiet’,…

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THE WAY THIS GOES IS [PERSONAL]

Like she’s trying to sweep remnants of sharp-as-glass pain under a thick carpet.

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TAKE ME TO MARS by pop!SUGAR

pop!SUGAR signs off their email with Yours SUGARly. Has there been a more perfect band-brand dynamic? pop!SUGAR had reached out to me prior to the release of their debut single, “Taste the Rainbow”, which charted on the Spotify playlists of New Music Friday Singapore, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia and Vietnam. The trio’s first…

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The Last One Standing

Home  I went. I paid the bill.

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Yourself, in Recovery.

Just five minutes ago, I was thinking of how to answer to an artist friend (who I greatly respect, by the way! Her work can be found here). The month of June brings a crazy number of things that I need to do regarding the production of Issue 5: AMO, ARMOUR for Carpe Bloom. We’re embarking…

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YELLOW CHAIR: The Last Immigrant

Lau Siew Mei wrote wonderfully and terrifyingly about the supernatural world and the treachery of our own internal mind’s workings, creating an entrancing narrative of a neighbourhood that charted each other’s lives and were interconnected by voids meant to be filled, or that had been haphazardly filled.

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Listen to Reason

I met a stranger in the skin of someone familiar.
In June, 2015, I remember running to the sinks and turning on the faucet. I never turned on the faucet with my bare hands in school because the sink faucets were dirty as hell, and we all knew it.

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Yellow Chair: MINISTRY OF MORAL PANIC

MINISTRY OF MORAL PANIC is an innocent-looking book; packed within its pages are seemingly explosive weapons filled to the brim with gun powder. Do we say phrases like ‘filled to the brim with gun powder’? Is that sentence correctly constructed? I don’t know. But what I do know is that the debut collection of Amanda…

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Here’s my MIC Drop

I almost never start stories with a quote, but here I am. William Longgood, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting in 1963, once said that “Dreams and dedication are a powerful combination”.   This is certainly, without any hint of sarcasm, ‘breaking news’ for me. And I’m being completely serious. When we were younger…

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Like Anyone Else

V is Virginia Woolf and V is also for Validation. The two are not necessarily inter-related, but there is a certain something about her Vivacious life.
— Do we just do what we love or do what we’re supposed to do?

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