Remembering a dear Englishman

Last week, I received news from my former boss in the UK that our former English colleague had passed away.  It came as a shock, especially since he had been posting happy pictures on Facebook about his travels.  We had all un-jobbed about the same time, each enjoying our free time to pursue our dreams, travel, spend time with family and friends, and experience […]

My South America adventure

I was reminded recently of the South America trip I took last year.  I can’t believe more than a year has passed since my South America adventure.  Time sure flies even when you are not in a full-time job.  That’s what happens when you are keeping busy and having a lot of fun!  Honestly, I do enjoy […]

Putting my Chinese chops to the test

I have added yet another experience on my trainer’s journey — training senior citizens to use tablets and laptops, and conducting the class in Chinese.  I am amazed with my own feat.  While I am comfortable conversing in Chinese Mandarin, conducting 2-day workshops totally in Chinese on IT topics, albeit very basic computing, is a whole different game! […]

Learning Basic Cardiac Life Support

Two weeks ago, at the urging of a friend, the both of us attended a Basic Cardiac Life Support course at the Singapore First Aid Training Centre.  Except it didn’t feel like basic to me!  This course aims to equip participants with the skills for resuscitating the collapsed adult and infant victims.  A noble cause I thought, although […]

Books for the 50plus at the library

When April rolled in, I knew the Apr-June issue of Time of Your Life (published by the National Library Board) would be waiting for me at the library.  Never to disappoint, I find it full of reading tips.  So many interesting books recommended, so little time to get to them all. On the list of books under Unexpected Finds, what […]

My Very Enjoyable Trip to Lovely Taiwan

I have been to Taipei many times over the years and my lovely Taiwanese friends there have brought me to many places in and outside the city, like Danshui 淡水,, Jiufen 九份, Yang Ming Shan 陽明山國家公園, Maokong 貓空, and KeeLung 基隆. So on this trip, I focused on places that I have never been to before and also […]

Colour Me Healthy

I am not someone blessed with a healthy glow on my cheeks and red-colour lips.  While I have a relatively good complexion, my pallor hints that I may be anaemic and perhaps even slightly jaundiced.  Truth be told, I am anaemic.  So without some makeup, I look pale and colourless and at times, unhealthy. My pallor means that I should be […]

Year 2017 Q1, A Progress Check

Q1 2017 has ended and for some companies, it is the end of their fiscal year.  For me, it’s time to check in on my 2017 new year resolutions.  True, I only laid them out in Feb, so there wouldn’t be a lot of progress.  But it also means needing a sense of urgency because time seems to […]

Teaching is definitely not my calling

I haven’t written much this past week because I have been busy running workshops at schools for students.  And I am convinced teaching is not my calling — my strength does not lie in teaching children.  Not in a class anyway.  Perhaps in smaller groups or private tuition, I may do better. On Monday, I […]

Nothing like a Mani/Pedi to Pamper Yourself

I cannot quite remember the last time I went for a mani/pedi.  I think it was 2 years ago when I had to attend a colleague’s wedding.  Don’t get me wrong, I love having someone fuss over my nails — trimming, buffing, pushing back the cuticle, cutting away dead skin, shaping and painting.  And I get […]