Film Review – A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

There's a scene in the film biopic "A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood" (2019) that's so sudden and violent, you wonder if the filmmakers forgot that this film centers around mild-mannered and famous US children's TV show host Mister Rogers (played flawlessly by two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks). The scene? A wedding reception. The sister … Continue reading Film Review – A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

My Monday Metrical Musings #121

Life is not just a promise Life is not just a promise,  It is what each day we seek. Our footsteps, not merely a stumble But how we progress or retreat. The lies we often say, In opposition to truths we think. Our legacies, all but stolen Never floating, only sink. But I want to … Continue reading My Monday Metrical Musings #121

Why I resent Chinese New Year. And yet…

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In the interest of full disclosure, I want to say that this post might rub readers the wrong way, especially if you're an ethnic Chinese who's proud of your race, its culture, and numerous traditions. And especially if you love the annual promise of spring and new beginnings that the lunar new year purports to … Continue reading Why I resent Chinese New Year. And yet…

Starting the new year with old insecurities

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As this new year of 2023 kicks off, I find myself increasingly thinking I'm a 52-going-on-53-year-old teenager with insecurities spilling in every direction, along with my dad bod. Yes, that's right. Yours truly. The one who left high school eons ago. The one who's worked for what is now over a quarter of a century. … Continue reading Starting the new year with old insecurities

My Monday Metrical Musings #108

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Day and Night DayShe wanted everything safeShe wanted everything the same NightHe wanted to experience the painHe wanted to go against the grain DayShe wanted warm sunshineShe wanted joy and peacetime NightHe wanted the eerie moonlightHe wanted wistful by midnight DayShe hated to say goodbyeHe wanted her to fly NightHe hated to say he was … Continue reading My Monday Metrical Musings #108

What’s life without adult conversations for this dad?

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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?

October is Mental Health Month — time to prioritise mental health for you and I

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

How “The Voice” stirs music and musings within me

TV's most happening music contest The Voice is back this month for its 22nd season. For me, the catchy ditty that ushers each episode says it all: "This Is The Voice!" The best part is I now get to watch it on the Star Channel via my Disney+ subscription. Before, I had to make do … Continue reading How “The Voice” stirs music and musings within me

Now you can be paid for doing (wait for it)…nothing!

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Last week, a news article caught my eye and I couldn't help chuckling after reading it. Apparently, at least in the land of the rising sun, it's possible to be paid for doing (get this), nothing! Enter Exhibit A -- Mr Shoji Morimoto A new kind of work? Photo by RODNAE Productions on Pexels.com Mr. … Continue reading Now you can be paid for doing (wait for it)…nothing!

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

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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