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
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”
Tomorrow, many celebrate Thanksgiving in the United States, where it is a public holiday and families travel across the land to reunite and celebrate the occasion together. Depending on which website you surf, anywhere from five to over 15 other countries in the world have their own version of Thanksgiving too. Not so here in … Continue reading Life Skills I Do Not Have #4 — Thanksgiving
What you're about to read here on sleep, feels like an extension of my last write-up three months ago on my lack of skills in the areas of resting and relaxing. And it is. Pity. Cos of all the life skills I said I lacked so far, this is the one I really wish I … Continue reading Life Skills I Do Not Have #3 – Deep Sleep
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!
Nearly four decades now since that eventful week, but the feeling remains as palpable as ever. I was in my first year at an all-boys secondary school. Barely 13, and struggling with the usual teenage issues. Adjusting to a new school environment. Dealing with triple the number of academic subjects and extracurricular activities. Traveling daily … Continue reading The teacher who showed me how failure felt
I was never good with people. As a kid, I was usually left to my own devices and found myself alone most of the time. The only time I wasn’t alone was when I was in school, where I learnt early on that it could be both fun and frightening. Not having any siblings or … Continue reading Life Skills I Do Not Have #1 — People Skills