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September 15, 2019

Three of my friends’ phones dinged in concert. They picked them up and stared at the screens. I looked at the nearest friend, askance. “It’s just the group chat,” he told me. Addled, I leaned over to look at his screen. “Depressing Memes for Suffering Single Teens,” it read. Memes about communism, mental health, faith. […]

September 9, 2019

There’s a woman that may come by now and again, a dark, gloomy, haunting figure—mysterious beyond words, but at the same time incredibly attractive. Her presence is often created by an emotional pull, a trigger that shoots a sharp lightning bolt through our tinana. The voltage weaves through every network, vein and tissue, setting off […]

September 3, 2019

For someone who has never been in love, I’ve been in love a lot. There’s a term for this sort of pitiful tragedy—“puppy love”. My earliest memory of puppy love was when I was six. He was a couple years older than me, and he and his friends would throw around paper planes during break […]

September 3, 2019

I wanted the new Jordans and I wasn’t even good at basketball. I wonder whatever happened  to my Total 90s. I remember pleading and begging my dad for the new boots. Maroon with a touch of white, worn by Thierry Henry and Samuel Eto’o; the slickest things on the field. The Total 90s to be […]

September 3, 2019

I have a slight preoccupation with permanency, with a side of  ‘tendency to overthink’. Much like Blac Chyna and Rob Kardashian, these two qualities don’t couple very well together at all.    Something I’ve contemplated over the years is the question: What do we know to be true? The answer will definitely vary from person […]

September 2, 2019

A Heavily Abridged Interview by Yoon Hong for ASPA   National treasure, meme queen, and all-round legend Patrick Gower graced us with his presence on Tuesday to talk about his upcoming two-part TV doco on marijuana legalisation.   Broadcasting this September, the documentary sees Paddy travelling around New Zealand and the US to hear stories […]

August 15, 2019

It was a Thursday evening and I was an Oriental Kingdom virgin. The warm and familiar smell of a kitchen at work hung in the air. With its relatively cheap prices, and food that never fails to taste like home, Oriental Kingdom has since become one of my favourite food spots. This particular Thursday was […]

August 14, 2019

I watch her dark eyes, her pale face. She wears a dark blue shirt studded with silver marks. Across her chest, a leather strip with bells of different sizes. She could have walked out of my imagination, out of the pages of my favourite book and onto my wall. Next to her, held also by […]

August 13, 2019

When I was young, I wanted a pair of And1s. Specifically, I was 12, and I wanted a pair of “And1 Streetball Mids”; by all accounts a functional basketball sneaker, but a shoe with all the ugly elements of your dad’s New Balances yet none of the paternal charm. As if a shoe designer in […]

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