My Monday Metrical Musings #108

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?

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!

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

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

In the blink of an eye, I’m 400!

No, your eyes aren't playing tricks on you. And no, my blog title doesn't contain a typo. I really am 400 today! Or rather, this is now officially my 400th blog post! By sheer dogged perseverance, I've pushed myself hard to relentlessly churn one post after another since April 2019. My pace doubled in 2020 … Continue reading In the blink of an eye, I’m 400!

From uncomfortable to undaunted? Leaping from ally to advocate

Please don’t be mistaken. This isn't a trumpet-blaring post about my magnificent journey as an advocate. I don't have one. At least not on the scale of say a social media influencer with thousands of followers. Nor am I certain I ever will. The only reason I'm writing this is to remind myself there is … Continue reading From uncomfortable to undaunted? Leaping from ally to advocate

What I learned from parenting workshops #6 — Rules and consequences

So here's the thing about this parenting series. When I started it, I really thought it'll be a mini-series. After all, I'm basing it on three webinars about parenting teens. So I figured three would also be the magic number for posts about it, right? Strike #1. As I was working through entry #5 previously, … Continue reading What I learned from parenting workshops #6 — Rules and consequences

Mr Sandman, bring me a dream. Better yet, a friend.

[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.