Email circa 2031: My dear sons, beware “The Toxic 12” – #5 The Bootlickers

Photo by Matthias Zomer on Pexels.com Hey sons Sorry I've been so caught up recently with my book tour and talks. I'd almost forgotten about this series which I promised to get done and over to you both before 2031 gets done! My bad. So let me come back to it now and hopefully ramp … Continue reading Email circa 2031: My dear sons, beware “The Toxic 12” – #5 The Bootlickers

“Right to Disconnect” – A Matter of Culture or FOMO?!

Two days ago, a letter I wrote to our local daily The Straits Times was published. In it, I supported a labour politician's recent call that our nation's leaders put in place a "Right to Disconnect" Law, such as what's found within the "El Khomri" Law in France, as well as in several countries worldwide … Continue reading “Right to Disconnect” – A Matter of Culture or FOMO?!

Three more months and Caleb will be 10. But really, my son with autism is more like 6!

There's something that happens to a parent when his child turns from a single-digit birthday to a double. At least it does for this parent. I'm finding out that as January 2021 approaches, when Caleb turns 10, I seem to be caught up with a feeling of increasing anxiety that I can't quite explain. All … Continue reading Three more months and Caleb will be 10. But really, my son with autism is more like 6!

No more excuses! Be “Consistent” and Write Daily

Since the start of July, I’ve not been writing after the kids go off to sleep, and it feels both natural and unnatural. Natural because before this year, I never had that discipline, so the 'me' right now is also the 'me' pre-2020.  Unnatural because, since the year 2020 started, I wrote non-stop every night, … Continue reading No more excuses! Be “Consistent” and Write Daily

Life Hack Book Review #1 – On World Mental Health Day 2020

Today is World Mental Health Day and here's what I found out. According to WHO, one in four people in the world will at some point in their lives suffer from a mental or neurological disorder. Think about that for a sec. One. In. Four. So in places like the United Kingdom where gatherings involving … Continue reading Life Hack Book Review #1 – On World Mental Health Day 2020

“Something always brings me back to you…” – my music, my muse.

Today, everything was going smoothly up until that point. Then suddenly the haunting strains of a tune I had only recently discovered and fallen for, nearly threw me off my piano stool. As my teacher played the chorus, a warm sensation began from somewhere in my stomach and started to bubble up rapidly to my … Continue reading “Something always brings me back to you…” – my music, my muse.

My Writing Process #3: The Rewrite Phase – Step 3 “Where the rubber meets the road”

Oh dear. My writing coach is going to shake a fist at me when she hears what I’m about to say: “I’m stuck.” You see, according to her, I’m not supposed to be. But I kinda am right now. Sighhh....  I know she was talking more about the first draft when she says there's no … Continue reading My Writing Process #3: The Rewrite Phase – Step 3 “Where the rubber meets the road”

Email circa 2031: My dear sons, beware “The Toxic 12” – #4 The Military “He-Man”

My dear sons Let me just say upfront that for the contents in this email, I do have a 'small grudge' that guides my writing. So you are free to take everything I'm about to say with a pinch (or more) of salt. But you have to understand. For the past six decades, I've carried … Continue reading Email circa 2031: My dear sons, beware “The Toxic 12” – #4 The Military “He-Man”

What did I learn from losing my last job? A square peg will never fit a round hole

All through the evening, I was dreading it. I mean, when it comes to leaving a job, one should only be doing it at the 'eleventh hour' when you've exhausted all other options. You don't throw in the towel at the 'seventh hour', do you? No, you don't. But I did. Or at least to … Continue reading What did I learn from losing my last job? A square peg will never fit a round hole