Life Hack Book Review #4 — A journey to self-discovery

{The following book was officially launched yesterday on Reedsy. Also available on Amazon and Goodreads.} A while back I wrote about being invited to join Reedsy's panel of book reviewers (see Thing #5 I learned after writing 200 blogs). As one of Reedsy's reviewers, I get exclusive peeks at independent publications before they go on … Continue reading Life Hack Book Review #4 — A journey to self-discovery

Life Hack Book Review #3 — Living the non-linear life

In a recent post, I referenced award-winning author and TV personality Bruce Feiler and his excellent book The Council of Dads (2010). While adding in my post an Amazon link to the book, I stumbled upon one of his more recent works (published last year); the subject of this, my fourth and latest life hack … Continue reading Life Hack Book Review #3 — Living the non-linear life

Is the Olympic medal or mettle the reward? Neither!

The pandemic-delayed Tokyo 2020 Olympics ended three days ago, but I suspect we're still not grasping its significance. The world argued for months whether it should proceed or not, given that the pandemic showed no signs of relenting. Many who were for it were clearly pleased that the Olympics' governing body (the IOC) held fast … Continue reading Is the Olympic medal or mettle the reward? Neither!

To slow down time and memory loss? Try ichigo ichie!

By now, these are all-too-familiar scenes in my daily life. I could be walking out from one room in my house en route to another. Or washing my cup right after breakfast. Or I'm whisking from one opened computer window to another on my laptop. Whilst walking, washing or whisking, an idea, memory, random thought, … Continue reading To slow down time and memory loss? Try ichigo ichie!

‘Worth in the Hearth’ — A New Masculine Identity?

On Father’s Day 2021, my musings on the losses and gains of being a stay home dad {A version of this post first appeared here in a local news publication Todayonline. Also, check out a reader's beautifully written and resonating response to my piece here.}When it comes to parenting, one truth remains today: Fathers are, … Continue reading ‘Worth in the Hearth’ — A New Masculine Identity?

Our first staycation in years!

This week, I'm taking a break from my usual Wednesday posting on Writing and Life. After four intense weeks of unpacking stuff I've learned about writing (from two years and 200 blog posts), I figured hey I've earned this break. Plus, I'm taking my family for our first staycation in years! Given how Covid's derailed … Continue reading Our first staycation in years!

Embracing my life story means sweating the small stuff!

Yes, I think it's okay now for me to say it. *Deep breath* I started going for counselling this year. Yes, that's right. I did. In fact, I probably should have done so a long time ago. At the start of 2021, I finally decided there's no shame in admitting I need help; only in … Continue reading Embracing my life story means sweating the small stuff!

My blog turns 2! (Part 2 of Commemorative)

Last week, I wrote the first of a two-part series on how my blog made it to its 2nd anniversary! The piece was generally positive, even exuberant in its tone if I do say so myself. After all, what's not to be exuberant about when it comes to celebrating anniversaries and milestones, right? Well, the … Continue reading My blog turns 2! (Part 2 of Commemorative)

Living and writing from the “in-between” moments

I hate this place. Sitting here staring blankly at the laptop screen, wondering what to say, what to type, what to create next. The truth, or at least some transcendent revelation, is what I hope to always post up and put down for posterity, for my loved ones, for the world. But what if "truth" … Continue reading Living and writing from the “in-between” moments