Life Skills I Do Not Have #6 — Taking the heat!

For the longest time now I've been wondering if my propensity for impatience and bad temper might have to do with the weather! One major trigger is when my little tropical island state on the equator turns up the heat in the months of April and May. Which is saying a lot, since it's already … Continue reading Life Skills I Do Not Have #6 — Taking the heat!

Daily living with autism #5 — on days it feels like anything but a blessing

Something I read earlier this week about a stranger's caregiving journey filled me with immeasurable sorrow and dread. Someone in a shared group chat on my WhatsApp posted the following text from a stay home dad: "Some of us are more lucky to have higher functioning children. Some of us don’t. Some have children literally … Continue reading Daily living with autism #5 — on days it feels like anything but a blessing

Film reviews — a way to shape the writing craft (Part 2)

You're back! Great. Thanks for returning to the second part of this mini-series on film reviews. (If you're new here though, you might want to read Part 1 first) Last week I stated that the act of writing film reviews can be an excellent training ground for aspiring writers to hone their writing craft for … Continue reading Film reviews — a way to shape the writing craft (Part 2)

Parenting in reverse #2: my Mother’s Day musing

Tomorrow is Mother's Day and wherever you're celebrating this, I hope it's a memorable one for you and your mom. With food, photos and fun for the whole family. For me though, it feels like just another day to step out for a meal with my mom; nothing more. Even that isn't a particularly welcome … Continue reading Parenting in reverse #2: my Mother’s Day musing

Film reviews — a way to shape the writing craft (Part 1)

I've been pondering the power and place of film reviews ever since I took up a film criticism and analysis module nearly a decade ago, on my way to completing a Mass Comm Masters. Back then I took up the module for the simple fact that I, like millions of other folks around the world, … Continue reading Film reviews — a way to shape the writing craft (Part 1)

Ahead of Mother’s Day: One stay home mom and her special needs story (Part 2)

Hey glad you’re back in this special Mother's Day stay home mom tribute! Last week, my guest writer Sarah left us with a cliff-hanger – the outcome of the first formal intervention her eldest boy had. Today, we continue from there with the rest of her testimony. (Also available in this podcast episode) "How long … Continue reading Ahead of Mother’s Day: One stay home mom and her special needs story (Part 2)

Ahead of Mother’s Day: One stay home mom and her special needs story (Part 1)

Today, I have the honour to introduce a new guest to my blog. Her name is Sarah Lee-Wong Mayfern, and she's both a great educator and a wonderful fellow stay home mom. (Click here and here for previous guests' posts on my blog) Like me, Sarah is a stay home parent. She has three kids, … Continue reading Ahead of Mother’s Day: One stay home mom and her special needs story (Part 1)

Parenting Woes #1 — A new mini-series

Recently I attended yet another webinar about parenting. I hate to admit it, but every time I do I find myself wondering: why am I here?And why are parenting woes never ending? Also, why are the questions parents ask at such gatherings almost always the same? Like endless loops acrobats leap through? Or the cycles … Continue reading Parenting Woes #1 — A new mini-series

War lesson #2 (of 2) for my sons: In a war, there are NO winners, only losers

It's been a month now, yet this Russian-Ukraine war is still going on. And dare I say, going "strong"! Is the world surprised? Not really. Can the world do anything to end it? Not much. Just ask Myanmar and Afghanistan. I mean seriously, let's face it. Given his track record of self-preservation and opposition-bullying since … Continue reading War lesson #2 (of 2) for my sons: In a war, there are NO winners, only losers

War lesson #1 (of 2) for my sons: Ground convictions in proper research

The winds have been kinda weird this past week. Blowing beautifully one morning, then disappearing altogether the next. Leaving the air dead still, and me sweltering in this island nation's unrelenting year-round humidity. In a way, it mirrors the world we now live in; news constantly swinging between good and bad, true and false, hope … Continue reading War lesson #1 (of 2) for my sons: Ground convictions in proper research