Rediscovering Paradise Lost

By Tan Yu Kai

July 2022 U-40
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Contemplating Existence. I gazed upon the Summer Milky Way at Kampung Air Batang, Pulau Tioman, Pahang. It is moments like this, under the stars accompanied by lapping waves, that that existentialist little voice in my head nags. How did we get here? What is our place in such a vast immensity of space and time? Is that an aircraft?
It has been said that the day you think about the future is the day you leave your childhood behind. In that sense, the day our children have to consider adult comments such as “you are going to be a doctor when you grow up”, is the day the sun sets on their childhood.Do you remember falling in love with a yellowing page? A rock, a few grains of sand, a drawn-out crescendo, a bittersweet smell in the air? It...

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Tan Yu Kai

is a Penangite biologist-cum-artist passionate about human relationalities with the natural world. He is a triple major in Biology, Earth & Environmental Sciences and Anthropology, and was a Research Fellow at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.