[Lyrics Analysis] Rewrite the Stars

From the (best) 2017 Christmas🎄 blockbuster The Greatest Showman, Rewrite the Stars is an interactive duet presenting the tension in the inter-racial relationship between the two supporting characters Philip Carlyle (Zac Efron) and Anne Wheeler (Zedaya). The Rewrite the Stars scene is shown after Anne is insulted by Philip's parents in the theatre. The forbidden love story (star-crossed [...]


春花秋月何時了 Spring is not the loveliest time of the year

春 Spring is not the loveliest time of the year 花 Flowers blossom by stealing the gold coins from the Sun 秋 Autumn is not the most melancholic time of the year 月 Under the moonlight is where peasants celebrating the harvest 何 Why? 時 Time has so much power in manipulating our emotions 了 [...]

A Daydream of the dissents

For countless years, I’ve almost forgotten, Feeling no freedom in the “freest heaven”  The guilt was too heavy; the fool reviled How long shall I be fed on other’s breast and set aside my mother tongue? How long shall I be helpless to my brothers’ arrest? No more empty chair¹! Everything is so wrong! Yet, [...]

The Balkans – a hidden gem of Europe

Here’re selected photographs taken during my 2-week trip to the Balkan Peninsula (July 2017). I can use three adjectives to summarise the whole trip: rewarding, gorgeous and passionate. (Scroll a little bit for amazing snapshots) Rewarding: The trip is like a summer intensive course on European History Before the trip, all I know about the [...]



[Poetry Analysis] Postcard from Kashmir

“Home is where the heart is.” It is glaringly clear that the speaker’s (the poet's) heart belongs to Kashmir, his homeland as well as a region in South Asia that suffers from on-going territorial disputes among China, India and Pakistan. Postcard from Kashmir by Agha Shahid Ali Kashmir shrinks into my mailbox, my home a [...]


Dear my future 18-year-old daughter, Happy birthday, my lovely daughter. You turn 18 today! I guess you’ve yearned for this day for long, right? Mama has something to tell you, something I wish I knew before turning 18. It is your first day of being an adult. Don’t you feel excited about it? Being an [...]