Parents, don’t succumb to a binary world of simplistic-thinking

Slightly more than a month ago, I wrote what I called a 'truth' letter to my sons. It's a letter I hope they will read one day when they're old enough to understand. And one I hope contains truths they too will embrace as their own some day. For like it or not, this isn't … Continue reading Parents, don’t succumb to a binary world of simplistic-thinking

In the blink of an eye, I’m 400!

No, your eyes aren't playing tricks on you. And no, my blog title doesn't contain a typo. I really am 400 today! Or rather, this is now officially my 400th blog post! By sheer dogged perseverance, I've pushed myself hard to relentlessly churn one post after another since April 2019. My pace doubled in 2020 … Continue reading In the blink of an eye, I’m 400!

My first petition letter to a member of parliament

Below was a petition letter I emailed last Sunday to a member of parliament representing my constituency. It was one I had originally planned to draft and send out next month. However, I recently found out a major announcement will be made by my nation's Prime Minister tomorrow at his annual National Day Rally speech. … Continue reading My first petition letter to a member of parliament

From uncomfortable to undaunted? Leaping from ally to advocate

Please don’t be mistaken. This isn't a trumpet-blaring post about my magnificent journey as an advocate. I don't have one. At least not on the scale of say a social media influencer with thousands of followers. Nor am I certain I ever will. The only reason I'm writing this is to remind myself there is … Continue reading From uncomfortable to undaunted? Leaping from ally to advocate

Mr Sandman, bring me a dream. Better yet, a friend.

[An edited version of this post can be found here] Have you ever wondered: "What if we could live forever and never die?" No? Really? Well, I guess I must be the odd one out. Or maybe I'm reading the wrong Bible. I was quite certain there was mention there of a new heaven. One … Continue reading Mr Sandman, bring me a dream. Better yet, a friend.

My musings on masculinity #1 — Toxic Masculinity

First off, I wish to state right away I’m no poster boy for toxic masculinity! You know, in case this blog's title gives you that impression. I may on occasion have put myself out there in the public eye. But that's to talk about stay-home parenting or caregiving a special needs child, not toxic masculinity. … Continue reading My musings on masculinity #1 — Toxic Masculinity

How one friend’s “telescope” life journey differs from my “microscope” one

I recently had a brief life journey conversation with an old friend in the way most modern folks do today - via a messaging platform. It was unavoidable, not because of the pandemic, but because she lived clear across the world from me. The conversation started because I saw on her social media profile she'd … Continue reading How one friend’s “telescope” life journey differs from my “microscope” one

Conversations for human connections

June is proving to be the month for human connections for me. Or, more specifically, men-to-men connections. Especially if you go by what happened in the past week when I had not one, not two, but five separate and deep conversations with eight men! Had you told me this would happen a month ago, I … Continue reading Conversations for human connections

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!