I wanna be a mangrove I wanna be a mangrove. Like giant dark alien fingers Astride upon the earthThen suddenly frozen still.Exposed their roots areStoic and statuesqueA labyrinthine force of Sheer. Iron. Will. How come they beSo naked and so free?Such strength in full viewHolding steady in the breeze.I wish I knewTheir sturdy skilful secretStanding … Continue reading My Monday Metrical Musings #50
Hey J my precious son, First and foremost, CONGRATULATIONS! After six long years of primary school education, you're finally done with that Holy Grail of a gruelling national examination (the PSLE or Primary School Leaving Examinations). That which forever decides which secondary school you'll go to next year. Of course it's only the first of … Continue reading Father-son bonding #1 — “Now that exams are done, …”
Here's the last of my three posts on the topic of how to retire well.(Click here for posts 1 and 2) If you've stayed with me this far, a big thanks cos you're taking a big chance with someone who's still working this out! Then again, as with any life hack or self-help writeup, readers … Continue reading How to retire well #3 of 3: Make and keep friends!
Don't leave me behind Musings over World Mental Health Day (10 Oct 2021) & Emotional Wellness Month (Oct) Don't leave me behindI promise I'll be fineDon't leave me behindThey did, and the hurtWorsened over time. Don't leave me behindI promise I'll be fineDon't leave me behindHold my handIt's not a crime. Don't leave me behindI … Continue reading My Monday Metrical Musings #49
The shrill delight in my youngest son's loud declaration reverberated across our home yesterday morning. C was emphatically reminding us that it was Children's Day in my land. Yet for some nebulous cosmic reason, what actually came to my mind when I heard him was a voice from another land instead. Or should I say, … Continue reading “Tomorrow I’ll miss you” — my son’s last Children’s Day
I'm so pleased today to introduce a fellow stay home dad and his musings on Children's Day 2021 (celebrated today in my country). This is also my blog's very first guest post on parenting! Woo-hoo!! (For more in my blog on parenting, click here) Cliff Tam's a friend I got to know in June this … Continue reading On Children’s Day: Another stay home dad’s musings
So last week I started this mini-series to talk about how to retire well. You do that you know, when you're like me; a man past 50, increasingly living on borrowed time! In that post, I talked about the first of three important truths I've come to embrace: If we don't want to suffer retirement … Continue reading How to retire well #2 of 3: Know who you are and what you love
Outside my window Outside my windowA mountainReaching up to heavenEach day outside my windowIn my Imagination. Outside my windowA lakeAs far as my eye can seeShining bright In blinding daylightA mirror Reflection. Outside my windowA forestBreathing pulsatingEver so quietlyBirds chirpingLeaves rustlingBranches oh so gently Swaying. Outside my windowThe oceanPounding soaringWith every riptideIts roaringReverberatesDeafening in itsMajestic … Continue reading My Monday Metrical Musings #48
Former US President Theodore Roosevelt said the best foreign policy was "speak softly and carry a big stick." Talk about a succinct way to define realpolitik and gunboat diplomacy! I often find that to be true too when it comes to home based learning (HBL) with my son C; at least when it comes to … Continue reading How home-based learning is like “realpolitik”!
Two days from now is the annual UN International Day of Older Persons and one thing remains unchanged. Despite the inevitability of it, few of us bother to plan for the day we retire. Until recently, I would include myself in that unfortunate lot. Why unfortunate? Studies show many of us who fail to plan … Continue reading How to retire well #1 of 3: Have a plan “with legs”