About Darren

Hello! Thanks for clicking this way. I am Darren from Singapore and this blog contains the living chapters of my life… the good, the bad, the exceedingly exhilarating, and the downright rancourous.

I’m a nobody, not special, and definitely not trying to be different or unique. I’m just a regular Singaporean guy who likes to experiment and greedy to sample as much as possible all the experiences that life has to offer. I’ll try anything at least once, but within moral limits and with an awareness of consequences.

Socially, I always try to keep an open mind and believe in the good of people. I’m extremely friendly, the human equivalent of a dolphin, and friends have described me as a very easy-going guy (I’m as easy as a lavatory, which means I can take a lot of shit!). I also like to joke a lot. If laughter is the best medicine, I’m the aspirin. I tend not to take life too seriously or think highly of myself and prefer not to sweat the small stuff.

Well, like the saying goes, we’ve only got one life, one chance to live it to the fullest and realise our greatest potential so I choose to just celebrate every moment like it may be the last!

My family is a big part of me and while it may not be perfect, our care, concern and love for each other cover all individual imperfections and bond us firmly. And perfectly. In God’s grace. We have our fair share of ups and downs, arguments and anguish, but through it all, we are always still there for each other.

The other person very important to me is my maternal grandmother. She brought me up and doted on me when I was little. I can always remember her strong, fleshy hands. The hands that cooked me many wonderful meals and applied medicine to my wounds, both physical and emotional, to heal.

She suffered a series of strokes more than a decade ago and lives in a nursing now. Even though she has been such an important part of my life, I’m guilty of forgetting her before she’s even gone. It pains me to see her like this. To be emtombed in her body, lying there watching the years go by, as if being buried alive. I used to pray for her miraculous recovery. But now I pray for her release.

My heart also belongs to these 2 dogs. The brown one is called Joy, because of the joy she brought us and to serve as a reminder to be joyful when calling out her name. Although we usually call her name in anger because she’s such a rascal!

Joy is of the breed Miniature Pinscher and she joined the family in April 2001. We almost lost her to Parvo virus on the 5th day we got her, but thankfully, we are meant to spend many more years together.

The white Jack Russell is called Rainbow. She was an abandoned dog and we took her in with the initial intention to dogsit for a few days till her owner shows up. Notices were put up around our estate but no one came. That was in December 2008. And that’s how Rainbow became a part of this family.

Although she’s all white except for a black dab above her right eye, we call her Rainbow. We named her so because what light colour do we get when all seven colours of the rainbow converge into one? White. In addition, the rainbow is a symbol of God’s convenant of grace with mankind in the New Testament.

With the dogs, this completes more or less what Darren is about at the core. Love and peace are the foundations on which my other passions are built and the wings that guide my explorations of this world. This blog is where I share my journey. I hope it will be a worthwhile read for you… 🙂

25 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Scot
    Jan 21, 2011 @ 04:55:20

    Darren: I learned so much from your “neighborhood” blog! I am ready to see how many such areas I can visit if/when I get to Singapore. As always, your photographs tell a wonderful story and bring great warmth to your story-telling. Keep up the good work! You are a great salesman for Singapore.


    • Darren Ng
      Jan 25, 2011 @ 01:15:13

      thanks for reading scot :o) we have many more very interesting and unique heartlands in Singapore. hopefully i get to win this blogging contest and get invited to share about more heartlands in future.


  2. Martin
    Mar 04, 2011 @ 05:25:06

    Dear Darren;
    It was so wonderful to learn more about you. Every time more is revealed, I grow more and more impressed with how truly sweet you are as a person. Your thoughts about your dogs could have been said by me about mine [Mat and Guppy!!!]. Their honest, unquestioning love never fails to re-charge my batteries when I am with me, and restores my faith in life, no matter how much it might have been challenged by the actions of humans that day. I do love your way of expressing yourself, your values, your hopes. How truly good you are as a human being.
    Martin [Mat and Guppy]


    • Darren Ng
      Mar 05, 2011 @ 11:05:53

      hey martin… wow, i’m at a loss for words on your very lavish opinion of me. i’m just an ordinary guy but thanks for making me feel super! haha… yeah, dogs are great companions, their behaviours are predictable and expected so there’s the comfort of knowing what to expect as compared to dealings with people. but i guess when we don’t have expectations from the people around us, we can minimise the trying times we have with them. but that’s easier said than done so the dogs provide a balance! thanks again for dropping by my blog and sharing with me your thoughts.


  3. Joyce Yap
    Apr 26, 2011 @ 15:49:33

    Hi Darren, it is a pleasure to make a visit to your blog. It is really fascinating. As I see you do reall know how to enjoy life, I would like to recommend a non-commercial island resort to you located at Pulau Besar, Mersing. The resort belongs to my best friend. Pls let me kno0w if you are interested. I can make the arrangement for you. I guaranteed you, no regrets!! Keep up your hard work! Hope to hear from you soon. Cheers!


    • Darren Ng
      May 01, 2011 @ 00:37:47

      hey joyce… thanks for reading and ur very kind feedback 🙂 wow… a private island off the beautiful waters of pulau besar? where do i sign up? haha… would love to visit but my travelling schedule is pretty tied up till august and i’m not sure if it’s still a good idea to go then. anyway, let’s stay in touch and when time and budget allows, we can plan something 🙂


  4. shochiko25
    Jul 22, 2011 @ 11:58:06

    thank for you blogs .. really like it .. keep it up ^^


  5. Love From Adelis
    Aug 09, 2012 @ 13:49:53

    Hi Darren,

    Just wanna say a thank you for I found this photo of yours online and became the inspiration for my National Day decorated cookie, which you can see on my blog, http://www.LoveFromAdelis.com 🙂

    Your photo of inspiration: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v318/darren_ng/Photography/Merlion-HDR2.jpg

    Thank you, your effort does make a difference ^^

    ~ Lisa


  6. chenghowe
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 23:36:07

    Hey darren, was looking through hardwarezone forum and saw that you were selling a Casio TR-100, wondering if you have sold it. If no, could you let me know cos im rather interested in it. Thanks! interesting blog anyway, cheers.


    • Darren Ng
      Aug 28, 2012 @ 23:47:07

      hi chenghowe… thanks for dropping by. i’ve already sold the Casio TR-100. u could get the TR-150 this Comex at a special price i think. check out Casio Singapore’s Facebook page for info 🙂


  7. Kyky Bendahan ✡ (@iKykyB)
    Sep 27, 2012 @ 10:45:13

    hi, this is a question: Do you know the name the bartender is preparing on the pic you posted for the Circuit Lounge Article? thanks!!


  8. David Law
    Oct 04, 2012 @ 06:29:00

    Hello Darren, I make wood portraits and would like to make you one of Marici. Do you have clear frontal shot of her without the hand in front. Where is this Temple located? Best Regards, David. drlawd@yahoo.com


  9. Alan
    Nov 05, 2012 @ 14:10:38

    Feel sad for your granny but my best wishes to her.


  10. zulayha
    Apr 23, 2013 @ 15:55:45

    Hi, I’m afraid I can’t find your email address here. May I please have it? Thankyou.


  11. kurisu
    Jun 26, 2013 @ 08:56:34

    Found you’re travel site when we were planning our Taiwan trip. Great photos.


  12. Akira Yamaguchi
    Aug 08, 2013 @ 12:54:30

    Hello Darren, I had a Miniature Pinscher too when I was a kid. Now with 2 Chihuahuas. Enjoyed reading your blog and I admire your attitude towards life.


    • Darren Ng
      Aug 13, 2013 @ 00:03:48

      hey akira… thank you for dropping by my blog and sharing with me your love for dogs seeing that you had a minipin and 2 chihuahuas now 🙂 hopefully you’ll check back to this blog and share in the celebration of life!


  13. Yellow Ribbon Prison Run
    Sep 06, 2013 @ 11:25:15

    Dear Darren

    The Yellow Ribbon Project would like to invite you to write a blog post about our annual Yellow Ribbon Prison Run 2013 on September 15, Sunday, for an online coverage prior to the event and a review of our event onsite. You are also invited to the carnival for an event review of our efforts.

    This year, our team hopes to leverage on the social media platforms to bring the Yellow Ribbon Prison Run and carnival experience to a whole new level. At the same time, we are hoping for more individuals to support our cause of accepting ex-offenders and their families, giving them a second chance at life and to inspire a ripple effect of concerted community action to support ex-offenders and their families. We wish to enlist your help to pen down the highlights of the carnival below on your social media channels.

    YRP Social Media Team


    • Darren Ng
      Sep 06, 2013 @ 12:25:46

      Hi YRP Social Media team… thank you for visiting my blog and the invite to participate in your admirable cause. As I’m away for a blog trip to Korea from 9 – 19 Sep 13, I would not be able to take part in the run.

      Here’s wishing Yellow Ribbon Run every success in inspiring ex-inmates, their families and the public to put the past behind and make the right moves 🙂



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