Covid controversy in Turkey — a guest post

I'm so glad my favorite guest writer Stephen's back again to kick off the new year with a new post on what's now an old topic -- Covid. [Please check out his previous posts here and here] This time it's an interesting account of a trip he made with his wife to Greece and Turkey … Continue reading Covid controversy in Turkey — a guest post

Why I resent Chinese New Year. And yet…

In the interest of full disclosure, I want to say that this post might rub readers the wrong way, especially if you're an ethnic Chinese who's proud of your race, its culture, and numerous traditions. And especially if you love the annual promise of spring and new beginnings that the lunar new year purports to … Continue reading Why I resent Chinese New Year. And yet…

Starting the new year with old insecurities

As this new year of 2023 kicks off, I find myself increasingly thinking I'm a 52-going-on-53-year-old teenager with insecurities spilling in every direction, along with my dad bod. Yes, that's right. Yours truly. The one who left high school eons ago. The one who's worked for what is now over a quarter of a century. … Continue reading Starting the new year with old insecurities

Disagree if you will, but it takes courage to be a teacher

Two days ago, I had arguably one of my worst experiences as a teacher in over 20 years. It was another hot and humid Thursday afternoon. After five weeks with them, I knew this wasn't exactly the most exciting class to teach. The students usually looked like droopy petals of a morning glory flower that … Continue reading Disagree if you will, but it takes courage to be a teacher

Confession time – I love sappy Christmas shows

I'm writing this because it needs to be said: I LOVE SAPPY CHRISTMAS SHOWS! There. I said it. No turning back now. This grown man, all 52 years of age, is declaring that he loves something no man would ever dare to claim publicly. Kinda like the way no one would go near a smelly … Continue reading Confession time – I love sappy Christmas shows

Parenting in reverse #3 — my mom and aging

Previously I had written about living with my 87-year-old mom and her various health issues. The latest has been her skin condition. For the past several months, we've seen her skin turn dryer, even scalier. And she's been scratching herself almost non-stop every day. Many times to the point of bleeding. To say we've sought … Continue reading Parenting in reverse #3 — my mom and aging

Back to daily in-person teaching after 2.5 years

It's been two weeks since I resumed teaching face-to-face, now that Covid measures here have further eased. Yes, it does seem we're back to pre-Covid days again. Well, sort of. The thing I'm forgetting is this: even as the educator in me looks forward to engaging my students live and in person, the non-traveler in … Continue reading Back to daily in-person teaching after 2.5 years

What’s life without adult conversations for this dad?

A book I recently started reading got me thinking: What is life for me without adult conversations? The book centered around the experiences of a stay-at-home dad (SAHD) and trailing husband, as his wife's career took their very young family (two preschool kids) globe-trotting from Hanoi to Singapore to HCM City and San Francisco over … Continue reading What’s life without adult conversations for this dad?

October is Mental Health Month — time to prioritise mental health for you and I

Last week (and in fact this whole month), WMH Day or World Mental Health Day (10 October) was observed in various ways all over the globe. From national campaigns to promote mental wellness to local efforts like lighting up commercial buildings as a show of support and solidarity for the cause. The state of mental … Continue reading October is Mental Health Month — time to prioritise mental health for you and I