When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade

This phrase is meant to encourage optimism and a positive can-do attitude in the face of adversity or misfortune. Lemons suggest sourness or difficulties in life, while lemonade is a sweet drink.  Most of us try to see the good in things and try to make the best of every situation, telling ourselves there’s a […]

When less is more, an interesting concept

What made the Jul-Sep issue of my favourite little magazine “Time of Your Life” interesting was the concept of “When Less is More”.  I know it is not a new concept but for me personally, I have found it difficult to embrace. I have been looking for this reading kit in July but was told […]

Food Paradise in Malacca, Non-Stop Eating

I recently went on an eating trip to Malacca (West Malaysia) with my sister and nephew who were visiting from the US.  It was a short 3 days, 2 nights trip.  With the very favourable exchange rate, it felt like I was in food paradise. Most people suggested we drive there.  But I really didn’t […]

The Salted Egg Snacks Craze

Who would imagine such craze for these salted egg snacks?  I was texted by my friend in Hong Kong to help buy her some of these Irvins salted egg snacks.  I was visiting HKG anyway, so how difficult could it be to pick these up?  WRONG! I checked out the website and there were several […]

Saying goodbye to your pet – in loving memory of Bella

I have never had a pet so it is difficult for me to fully understand the sadness one feels when the pet dies.  When you have a pet for 10 years, I suppose it becomes part of the family and you do miss it when it dies, although I can’t imagine an animal being a family […]

To-Do Lists, A Key To Success

Now that I am working only part-time, I have more time to check out what’s posted on LinkedIn and Facebooks, and pay more attention to my finances and spend time with family and friends of course.  An interesting article caught my attention on LinkedIn this week where Richard Branson credits To-Do Lists as a key to his success.  This […]

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 […]