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 […]

I Love the Golden Girls

The Straits Times last Monday (Feb 20) featured an article about a new café in Washington Heights (New York, USA) that paid tribute to the hit television series, The Golden Girls, which happens to be my favourite TV show.  Called Rue La Rue Café, it is dedicated to Rue McClanahan and her hit TV series which ran […]

A Bumpy Ride on My Trainer Journey

I am all for lifelong learning but self-help aside, I believe having a good trainer to facilitate learning is an important part of the equation for successful learning.  As a child, I wanted to follow in my father’s footsteps to become a school teacher.  But as I got older, the corporate world beckoned and it was […]

New Year Resolutions: Awesomeness!

I started 2017 without a list of new year resolutions and it is already February.  Better late than never, I think.  I took a look at my 2016 resolutions and thought those still look pretty good.  If I continue with them and add a few new ones, the list will become too long and I would lack focus.  And […]

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 […]