Life Hack Book Review #4 — A journey to self-discovery

{The following book was officially launched yesterday on Reedsy. Also available on Amazon and Goodreads.} A while back I wrote about being invited to join Reedsy's panel of book reviewers (see Thing #5 I learned after writing 200 blogs). As one of Reedsy's reviewers, I get exclusive peeks at independent publications before they go on … Continue reading Life Hack Book Review #4 — A journey to self-discovery

Daily living with autism #1: It’s about small wins!

"Daddy, look!" It was a typical weekday evening, an hour before dinner time. That's when I usually take C for some outdoor play. What we in my family sometimes refer to as his "eye-care" time, away from home screens and out where nature and distant sights of the world await. The ground outside was fairly … Continue reading Daily living with autism #1: It’s about small wins!

Writing towards the world of publication with…hope?

Publication. The mecca of any newbie writer's wildest dream. (Second only to being a New York Times bestseller) But THIS newbie writer, still wet behind the ears? Yikes! Look, I'll be honest. To harbor thoughts of publishing? It's THE scariest thing I can think of right now. In many ways, I'm even putting the proverbial … Continue reading Writing towards the world of publication with…hope?

My Monday Metrical Musings #50

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

Father-son bonding #1 — “Now that exams are done, …”

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, …”

How to retire well #3 of 3: Make and keep friends!

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!

My Monday Metrical Musings #49

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

“Tomorrow I’ll miss you” — my son’s last Children’s Day

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

On Children’s Day: Another stay home dad’s musings

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