In a TED talk on depression, Johann Hari talked about the experience of a South African doctor. The South African doctor was in Cambodia in 2001 when chemical anti-depressants were introduced in the country. Trying to explain what these meds were, the doctor received an unexpected response: We have these anti depressants. Asked to explain more, the Cambodians gave the example of a farmer who had his leg blown off from a landmine. Severely depressed, the doctors spoke to him and then gave him a cow so he could be a dairy farmer. Soon the depression went away because the … Continue reading Cambodia


Every time I come to Singapore (however short), the sense of belonging exists: A part of me always will be in Singapore and wants to come back. The other part of me is like ‘I would rather live in cold, rainy, gloomy London and deal with weekly tube signal failures than live through the heat and humidity of Singapore’. The tug of war continues….. The skyline of Singapore astonishes all of me every single time! Singapore is a very modern city but besides the skyline, I am totally in awe of the food here: the taste, the quality, the variety, … Continue reading Singapore