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On the street where they live

10 June 2019

In her book, Wanderlust, Rebecca Solnit says, “The magic of the street is the mingling of the errand and the epiphany.” And at first glance, what seems like just another neighbourhood in Manila turns out to be a rich revelation of scenes; everyday life transcends with a sense of joy and the sheer energy of the city.


100 Word Stories

squAre rOots

19 June 2019

At first glance, the image hints at loneliness, a self against an unprepossessing backdrop.

Look again.

It is the squares that are the subject matter.

Squares are everywhere in the city. They proliferate like disciples from some geometric school of design that trafficked in singular shapes.

But even these squares need space to breathe. To be. To allow their shapes to become. And no one comments on these gaps, often filled with shadows and silhouettes.

Passing by, waving in the breeze, they enter the city’s squares, linger a moment, and then are gone.

Only the squares remain.

Defiant. Empty.

100 Word Stories is a weekly series featuring flash fiction by Mackerel and photographs by Daniel Tan.


Photo courtesy of HarperCollins Publishers.


tiong bahru book club

Join fellow bookworms as they celebrate Tiong Bahru Book Club’s first anniversary on Wednesday 10 July at 7.30pm! Yes, there will be food (it’s a potluck so, everyone brings something) AND Balli Kaur Jaswal will be in da house! Click here for more details.




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