I Want You To Leave I want you to leaveDare I to think it?ThereBefore youTo say itOne day? I want you to leave! I was trying to reach you my wayBy not reaching you your wayI wanted long conversationsLots of green tea and being presentYou wanted none of itOnly to stay and continue your coloring … Continue reading My Monday Metrical Musings #156
Dear J, my Precious Son Guess what? I never thought it'd happen, but I learned recently that I was in fact a bona fide "Tiger Mom" Dad! Okay okay, I hear you. What's that you're asking? Well, in a nutshell, this term was made popular globally by a 'nutty' professor called Amy Chua. She's this … Continue reading Fathering “softer” #2 — No More “Tiger Mom” Dad!
These words are mine Sitting aloneIn my dark little roomI wrote and wroteSpinning my humble little loom Of words and linesNo one else's just mineFearing they will live and dieNever seeing the bright blue sky For all my life I've livedBelieving what the world Says about my voiceThat it needs to sound like theirs Who … Continue reading My Monday Metrical Musings #155
It's hard on parents when a child has a meltdown. Even harder if it's unexpected. And if the child has autism? Well, let's just say the subsequent combustion can be a mini supernova! That's what happened to us two days ago. But before I recount the incident, a quick background for new readers to my … Continue reading Daily Living with Autism #14 — Scared to go alone
No Chairs Will Turn For You A broken heart is what you left I can't believe you would say thatLost my nerve and lost my faith I carried them, carried them far away A broken spirit is what I haveI can't believe you'd do me like thatDon't you know how much this means to me?I … Continue reading My Monday Metrical Musings #154
Below's a piece I wrote last month to two local dailies. It was a response letter to recent announcements on new initiatives by my country's Ministry of Education (MOE). Unfortunately, neither dailies were interested in publishing it, so this letter never saw the light of day. Until now. But first, let me summarise what those … Continue reading Stop focusing on AI. Start focusing on soft skills!
Daddy Daddy where's my gift? Daddy Daddy where's my gift?Year after year I'm asking you thisI don't understand why you never buy me anythingDaddy Daddy where's my gift? Daddy Daddy where's my toy?You know Lego figurines bring me endless joyI don't understand why you never ever buy themDaddy Daddy where's my toy? Son Son where's … Continue reading My Monday Metrical Musings #153
Recently, I found out about a podcast singing contest helmed by one of my favorite singer/songwriters to walk this planet, Sara Bareilles. At the same time, I found a related interview with her in Forbes about this contest (aptly called Breakthrough; unlike other singing contests, judges in this one listen to but don't see contestants … Continue reading Curing Writer’s Block #2 – Going Deeper Together
P.U.S.H. Til Depression Begone My tongue like paperIncapable of feelingMerely layingNonchalantlyInside. Taking pill after painkilling pillOver the last 48,000 yearsWould do that I supposeTo one's sense ofTaste But it was more than thatOh so much moreWhat I was experiencingThe vacancy The hollownessThat came inside so suddenlyLeaving me a walking coffinEmpty. Cloistered.A trappedClaustrophobe Eyes glazed DisinterestedNothing … Continue reading My Monday Metrical Musings #152
It's been two-and-a-half years since I last did one of these ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) Book Reviews. Makes it look like I've lost interest in this book genre. Well, that couldn't be further from the truth. In fact, I've been swamped by the array of ASD books I just don't know what to share next. … Continue reading ASD Book Review #6 – A Memoir of Autism & Hope