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!

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

“I apologise for being a jerk.” Making amends after three decades

Since I started on my stay home parenting journey, my social circle had shrunk and I find myself often wondering about the fluidity and fragility of friendship. How some friends stay put in your life while others leave, returning once in a blue moon or not at all. And then there are those from your … Continue reading “I apologise for being a jerk.” Making amends after three decades

Two years on, and Covid is still agitating the introvert in me!

Last Wednesday I wrote about how most of my fellow countrymen are staying masked outdoors even though Covid regulations here have been relaxed recently. I lamented that it seemed such a shame, as many faces including my (cough) forever handsome 25-year-old one, have stayed hidden for two long years. [For those new here, you'll need … Continue reading Two years on, and Covid is still agitating the introvert in me!

After two years of Covid, people now prefer to mask up!

This week mask, oops I mean, marks the second anniversary of Covid restrictions in many parts of the world, including mine. So I started to wonder. What had I taken for granted before the nationwide Covid-19 lockdown back in April 2020, which my government cleverly called a "circuit breaker"? (A euphemism to mask what was … Continue reading After two years of Covid, people now prefer to mask up!

(Print + audio) books = best reading experience ever!

Hey can I tell you how I've been reading my books these past few years? Here's how: I read them in three ways. They are print, audio and (to a far lesser extent) electronic. In that order. Okay, that's it. You can stop reading now. I'm done. Except, I'm not. Actually. No, I'm not trying … Continue reading (Print + audio) books = best reading experience ever!

Parenting in reverse #1: my “discomfort” with mom

Ever get this niggling feeling at the back of your mind? Like there's something you need to do or ponder? Maybe it's a message you keep putting off writing cos you don't know what to say or what it's all about? Or you feel it's still too soon to say it, yet it keeps bugging … Continue reading Parenting in reverse #1: my “discomfort” with mom

Life Skills I Do Not Have #5 – Patience with “Peacock Peers”

This will potentially burn any bridges I might have with peers who think I'm talking about them. Fine. If the shoe fits. The beauty of being over 50 now is I don't care so much what others think anymore. And even if they do (or in my weaker moments, I do), too bad! Cos it's … Continue reading Life Skills I Do Not Have #5 – Patience with “Peacock Peers”

Covid-19 visits. Now I’m the last man standing!

Verily verily I say to thee, Covid is one roller coaster ride! Eight days ago, my wife self-isolated from everyone else as she became the first in our home to test positive for Covid. Eight days later today, I'm self isolating from everyone else as the only one left standing still testing negative for Covid. … Continue reading Covid-19 visits. Now I’m the last man standing!

A plea for caregiving fathers of special needs kids

[An edited version of this post first appeared here] "No Lord! Not again! This can't be happening..." These words blazed across my brain like a lightning bolt out of the blue. Last Friday, the bodies of twin boys were recovered in a canal not far from a park and playground. (At the time of this … Continue reading A plea for caregiving fathers of special needs kids