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?
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
[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.
This seems like a post I should have written long ago. After all, I've been teaching since 2003 so I definitely have a good two decades of experience in my belt to pen down some thoughts about this profession that's as old as time. Now don't worry. This isn't going to be one of those … Continue reading What 20 years of teaching has taught me
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
Between the already and not yet Ever stop to ask yourself"Hey where am I right now?"Allow me to tell youThe answer lies somehowBetween before and afterpast and future The already and not yet! Think about it For a minuteAnd you will soon agreeWe're always in transitionYou, the world and me. The middle is wherewe operate … Continue reading My (June) Monday Metrical Musings #86
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
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!
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
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!