Ending My Love Affair

After 5 months with Coffee Bean as a part-time barista, I decided it was time to quit.  Don’t get me wrong, I still love coffee.  It’s the job that I no longer enjoy.  I was spending more and more time at work because we were so shorthanded.  I agreed to work more shifts and longer shifts because […]

Being called Auntie

I became an aunt when I was 31.  That was the time when my niece was born.  Three years later, my nephew was born, and I became an aunt the second time.  They have been taught to call me Er Eee (2nd aunt in Chinese) since young as I was the second child in the […]

Passion and Living Philosophy

The other day, I met a lady who asked me what was my passion in life.  I don’t have an answer.  I am a pretty level headed person without huge swings in emotions (although my ex would disagree!).  I don’t think I have ever felt “passion” for anything in my life.  That doesn’t mean I […]

Lifelong Learning

I truly believe that we should never stop learning, no matter how old we are.  When I was in a corporate career, I hardly have time to go for classes, unless the company sends me to one.  But every time I was on a career break, I would make sure I use the free time to learn something new. […]

Better Love Next Time

Falling in love is easy but staying in love is hard work.  I don’t think I am jaded, I actually still believe in love.  At least I still enjoy watching romantic movies. Recently, I was watching Notting Hill, a 1999 movie where Hugh Grant still looked so young and adorable with his floppy hair, fluttering blue eyes and cute English […]

Never Too Late

I can honestly say that I never really had a hobby.  Sure, I collected stamps as a child but I quickly outgrew that.  Actually, I don’t even remember where these stamp albums are now.  I did like reading as a child, going through books written by Enid Blyton, the Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, etc.  But […]

My Love Affair with Coffee

I do love coffee.  When I was younger, I could drink up to 5 cups of coffee a day — breakfast, mid-morning, lunch, afternoon, and after-dinner.  As I got older, caffeine seems to affect my sleep.  Having coffee too late in the day kept me awake at night, although on rare occasions it didn’t seem to have any effect.  […]