Two days ago, a letter I wrote to our local daily The Straits Times was published. In it, I supported a labour politician's recent call that our nation's leaders put in place a "Right to Disconnect" Law, such as what's found within the "El Khomri" Law in France, as well as in several countries worldwide … Continue reading “Right to Disconnect” – A Matter of Culture or FOMO?!
My dear sons Let me just say upfront that for the contents in this email, I do have a 'small grudge' that guides my writing. So you are free to take everything I'm about to say with a pinch (or more) of salt. But you have to understand. For the past six decades, I've carried … Continue reading Email circa 2031: My dear sons, beware “The Toxic 12” – #4 The Military “He-Man”
Sep 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day Tomorrow is World Suicide Prevention Day (WSP Day) but, I have to confess, the reality of suicide used to baffle me when I was younger and none the wiser. How could anyone summon up that much courage to inflict the kind of bodily pain that would end your … Continue reading “O fathers, where art thou?” – One dad’s musings on the eve of World Suicide Prevention Day
So, fair warning: This maybe just the beginning! Today I'm going to start a post that's either of two things: a one-off piece, or the start of a series. (Fingers crossed, I should know by the end of it!) Why so indecisive you ask? Well, quite frankly, it's been a thorn in my flesh for … Continue reading C’mon men, enough with the small talk! We’re pass 50 already for cryin’ out loud
One day, two weeks ago, I was driving my wife to her workplace when I saw an ad on a huge billboard beside the expressway. [Our country's not big on billboards so when there's one, it's really hard to miss] It nearly made me veer off into the highway railings! Somehow, this one looked exceptionally … Continue reading Is it “Life AFTER Work” or “Life WITHOUT Work?”
Yep, this is it! Most would say this ought to have been the first thing I wrote when I started my blog 14 months ago. Funny then that only after more than a year of blogging, I'm finally doing it today! Now just to be fair to me, I did mention what my blog was … Continue reading This is It! 4 Things that Define My Blog “kelvinsmusings”
"I am a writer. I am a writer. I am a writer." Successful author and writing coach Jeff Goins reminded me that this is the mantra I need to write down every day. As proof that to succeed, it all begins with me spelling it out in no uncertain terms. And believing it. Not an … Continue reading I am a writer. I am a writer. I am a writer.
My 86 year old mom fell this morning at my sister's place. She'd been staying there since 2 Apr, even before our country's COVID-19 circuit breaker pandemic measures kicked in on 7 Apr. As mentioned in a previous blog post, she had been staying with me since October last year when her dementia was official, … Continue reading The reality of aging in the new world order of Covid19
Though brief, it was a little hard to ignore. There nestled today among the cesspool of news articles on (what else?) COVID-19 that dominated most pages of our daily newspapers, I saw this sobering piece of news, with a rather eye-popping statistic. As of 8 May, Sweden (with a population of around 10.3 million) had … Continue reading Give me Liberty now; Life can wait – Sweden’s Light-touch strategy for COVID
I confess that sometimes I just don't understand this world we live in. We clap and cheer technological innovations every year. Yet centuries have passed but no "innovation" seems to have been made in the area of overthrowing bigotry, racism, and xenophobia! C'mon World! What gives?!! Just look at the endless examples in these recent … Continue reading Covid-19 shows we should eliminate xenophobia, not innovate more tech toys