Achievement Unlocked: I Got Published in the BBC! :D

Hey guys! I have some very exciting news! I got an article published on BBC!  Yep, that BBC. It’s a writeup on the stigma against dark skin in Malaysia. You can view it here: IS THAT AWESOME OR WHAT?  Sorry I’m shouting; I’m just so excited 😀 Granted, that was published like a week ago and I’ve been so busy I haven’t had time to … Continue reading Achievement Unlocked: I Got Published in the BBC! 😀

100 Years of Americana Tattoos: An Evolution of Art and the Body

Digressing a little from my usual travel and food entries… I thought this video on 100 Years of Americana Tattoo is too beautiful not to share. 🙂 All the designs are amazing, and you can see how the styles have evolved over the last century. My favourites are the black rose design inspired by Charlie Wagner (1910s),  Guy Aitchinson’s Lotus (1990s) and Nikko Hurtado’s realistic and colourful cat … Continue reading 100 Years of Americana Tattoos: An Evolution of Art and the Body

The Asian Obsession with Fair Skin: Why I Gave Up Caring

“Don’t get too black in Phuket, okay?” my mum cautioned before I left home this morning. She meant getting tanned; but in Cantonese, there’s no such term when it comes to describing skin tones. You’re either ‘white’ (bak) or ‘black’ (hak), never in between.   Like many East Asians, I come from a culture that is obsessed with fair skin. Most Asian societies were (and … Continue reading The Asian Obsession with Fair Skin: Why I Gave Up Caring