The Invitation

by Rong Xin Choy

I am a solitary soul

I am a heavy free

I am Daughter of the Stars

Cusp of sky and sea


I know not of the lines on your face

Or the callouses on your hands

They speak of paths you’ve walked before

Littered with demands


There is no certainty but in death

Yet my word is my bond and rings true

Dear traveller, in this valley deep

This I put to you


I’ll trade your darkness for my warmth

If you take my scars and kiss them clean

When they say ‘to hell and back'

Only few know what it really means

I’m not one to mark possessions

For all that comes must surely go

But should you chose to tarry

And bare your aching soul


I’ll trade your darkness for my warmth

Den Haag

by Rong Xin Choy

It's been one and a half weeks in the Hague as a legal assistant at the International Criminal Court, and every moment has been eye-opening and brilliant.  I am ever thankful and ever humbled by the kindness and the intelligence of the people around me, and the weather has been gracious. Ravens sitting amongst the first buds of spring make for an interesting contrast, and Wes Anderson-esque houses that pepper the scenery allow me a brief indulgence in imagining my life as a movie. (Clark Gable plays in the background. I want so badly to believe that there is truth and love is real; And I want life in every word to the extent that it's absurd

I look forward to my time here, to grow in perspective and personality. There's much to understand, empathize, realize, and reflect on. I think feeling small is the only way to get any bigger. 




by Rong Xin Choy

Ice in her veins, she dreams of Summer

The ephemeral days infinite in its glow

Gritting her teeth, she takes another

Step into the cold

Lines cut by the wind

Grey stained in her hair

Can she still dream of Summer

When she is old?

Can I Pick Your Brain?

by Rong Xin Choy

I don't think I've ever fallen harder for a set of mugs. They will be mine the moment I actually have a house of my own! Ceramic designer Natalia Gruszecka from Poland is responsible for these works of art, and they can be purchased here

These organic gold ones are a close second and can be bought here. Just incredible.