Books that have Paved My Way (Part 2)

The Secret Garden of N Teaser

As I got older, I began reading more literary fiction. I focused on language and style, and genre fiction took a backseat. But nothing is as exciting, as thought-provoking, as heart-warming, or as funny as the fiction I read while growing up.

In college, I began to write creative nonfiction and in trying to figure out what made my experiences worth reading, I sought out writing that was real, sincere, and moving. Memoirs became my single favorite thing to read. I felt like I was getting some sort of direction and guidance from the author. One of the absolute most important books in my life is Just Kids by Patti Smith, who is a writer, artist, and musician. Her memoir captures the period of her life spent with Robert Mapplethorpe in New York City during the 60s and 70s, and is a beautiful ode to youth, innocence, and making art. I love the vividness of her writing. Details are so important in the book – names, locations, dates, clothing, numbers, the song that was playing. I’m able to imagine exactly how she felt.

Just Kids has served as a talisman for me these past few years, a reminder that Patti made it bravely through her 20s, and if I need answers, I can always flip through the pages. I want to live as fearlessly as well, and hopefully someday, be able to write it all down.

Taina

Hi there! My name is Taina and I live in Boston, Massachusetts.  I grew up in Singapore, which is a long way from where I am now.  I went to college for writing, and I treasure the opportunity to tell my experiences through the written word.  I love eating food from different cultures and going to live music concerts.  Having grown up in a compact, dense city, I’ve always taken public transportation but I’ve begun driving for my work commute.   I hope this will give me more reason to drive and explore the United States, and share more of my adventures with you. 

The Secret Garden of N Teaser

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Enriching Our World through Diversity and Inclusion

Today, Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) have become the buzz words. On their own, words are just an assembly of different alphabets/characters, insignificant and meaningless unless they lead to awareness and actions. Applying the famous idea: “we are the average of the five people we spend the most time with,” let’s expand it and explore our “world.” Here…
TCG - child airplane pretend

Advancing Humanity through Exploration

Inspired by J.C. Maxwell (1831-1879), who published the Theory of Electromagnetism, my final year undergraduate project at KCL was to design and fabricate a Microstrip Antenna for satellite communication. Today I still remain on the mailing list of a group of British IEE engineers living in France. Because of that, I got to watch NASA’s live broadcast…

Gaining from Cross-Cultural Experience

Regardless of the different colours of our hairs and eyes, or the different languages we speak, did you realize we all hold and bite into an apple the same way? My curiosity about myself being a human and what makes me a person resulted in watching several documentaries about our bodies and how our minds…
TCG 2021 January Kindness, virtues, connection

Kindness, Virtues, Connection

Raised with Eastern philosophical root, I always embrace duality (Ying and Yang) when examining life’s happenings. As Winston Churchill said when he worked with other world leaders to form the United Nations after WW II: ” Never let a good crisis go to waste!” How useful his insight can be for all of us, considering…
TCG pandemic

Pandemic, Divisions, Collision

What a chaotic year! 2020 has certainly shaken the world. Below is the list of my top three observations. Troubling, but there are reasons why these things happen, and there are valuable lessons for us. Three other words also came to my mind: KINDNESS, VIRTUES, and CONNECTION. I will be sharing more in 2021! Meanwhile, wishing you, your…

Meeting of the Minds – Building Cross-Cultural Friendship

Photo by Christian Wiediger on Unsplash Ting! said my WhatsApp. I glanced at my mobile and saw that a message had come in from my newly-formed local foreign ladies group. It was just after the lunch hour on a Wednesday and I was curious who had posted a message. I clicked on the group to open the message.…
TCG Newsletter 2020 Nov survival of the friendliest

Survival of the Friendliest: The New Evolutionary Theory

“Survival of the Friendliest,” might that be a typo? Do you mean Charles Darwin’s evolutionary theory, “Survival of the Fittest?” No, it was not a typo. I meant to share the new evolutionary theory based on the research of Dr. Brian Hare, a professor of evolutionary anthropology at Duke University. This view will challenge the…