Admit it, we can’t end 2018 without having heard of or desired to watch two of the biggest musically-related movies of this year. In fact, they’ve both so impacted me I’m writing my first ever movie review on both these movies.Read More
He was difficult to be around.
He carries an air so heavy around him it feels like a dark, stormy cloud wrapping us in its cold strangulation.
Every word out of his mouth carried such negativity they hit the listener like a ton of bricks and cause minor lacerations on the heart.
Every moment in his presence felt like a surrender to the sharp pierce of a hundred needles to which I had no shield. Our communication became bloody sword fights; we saw less of each other as we tried to busy ourselves with activities that kept us away from each other.
For the party to whom that hurt is projected onto, it often feels like it’s much easier to walk away, and it takes so much more understanding, humility and strength to stay.
A few brief observations of England, particularly Newcastle, including partying, homelessness, wages, cost of living and gateway to areas of national beauty.Read More
Growing up as a highly-driven and motivated child, I often see men and women accomplishing great successes or feats of wonders and thought to myself, wow, that's incredible - I want to be like that. What I didn't realize then as a child, is that behind their accomplishments, behind the scene, away from the public eye and spotlight, is a journey riddled with doubt, discouragement, and disappointment, topped with incredible amounts of sweat and grit, pain and conflict, determination, and perseverance.Read More
Turner and Carol are two amazing individuals living in San Francisco, who have very courageously opened up their lives to speak with me about their take on Love. And not just any kind of love, but a non-conventional kind of love…Read More
I asked where I could find the best thosai in Tekka and was told the one in the middle of the food center. I found the stall, ordered a thosai, plus a cup of teh tarik halia (ginger milk tea) and promptly scouted for an empty table. That evening, I would discover a story that affects 1.6 million men in Singapore, or 36 percent of the country’s labor force.Read More
Whatever good traits you’ve displayed or great accomplishments you’ve attained in the past, you can do it again and again. It doesn’t have to stop at one occurrence.Read More
For a long time, it’s both puzzling and hurtful that my closest family and friends would judge me for my accent or the way I speak. I’d usually keep quiet and not defend myself. The thing is, they don’t know what I grew up with; neither are they aware of my love affair with the English language.Read More
We live afraid of owning up to the reality of our non perfect lives. I’m tired of hiding in the shadows. Here’s the truth, and though they’re not pretty, they’re real, and they’re mine. I own them, every single one of them. For better or for worse.Read More
Confessions are hard because they reveal how vulnerable we are. But confessions are important because they make us look deeper within ourselves for answers that point us to a bigger purpose.Read More
As I hit midlife, a huge discovery hit me like a ton of brick - I have changed from an ultra extrovert to a reclusive introvert. Is this what mid-life does? Turn things around and throw you on the other side of the fence?Read More
The first day went by in a blur. I was excited to be getting on the road and covering as much distance as possible, having spent 6 months preparing for this day. We rode along the magnificent Oregon coast which lined the Pacific Ocean. I had lived in California and ridden along the Californian coast and thought the Californian coast to be beautiful - the Oregon coast somehow seemed more beautiful. Maybe because it’s way more north on the hemisphere and seemed more blue, I can’t be sure.Read More
My first impression of San Francisco when I first visited in April 2012 - I was in the passenger seat, while my husband drove; he asked me: What did you think? to which I responded: Underwhelmed. Contrary to San Francisco’s efforts to enchant its visitors with its unique attractions, I was underwhelmed by its many lack of. Here I briefly ramble off 10 things. But of course, San Francisco is not without its charm - it is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Now here's my take of this amazing place I now call home.Read More
Never again will I look at the Grand Canyon in the same way ever again. I first set eyes on her on a road trip in December 2011, during which I exclaimed to myself, this must be the most majestic place in the United States. And now in October 2017, almost 6 years later, to be able to get right up close and personal to her, not driving, but hiking right into her bosom, feels almost unreal. It's like a dream come true; a longing that's finally fulfilled.Read More
In 2001 I was in a desperate place in my life where I was isolated and the only relationship (an unhealthy one) I had hung on the line. I was scared of losing my only life line, and when the relationship ended, I couldn’t see how I was going to survive without it. This is my confession.Read More
“It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.” -Edmund Hillary. Thrown to the elements, away from the convenience of technology, comfort of home and safety of civilization - there’s something about being vulnerable that makes one come alive.Read More
Check your ego at the door. Don't be a martyr. Stay in a group. Stay connected. Following my previous post on How I Almost Got Lost: How To Stay Safe In The Mountains, here's an update with more safety tips and lessons learnt.Read More
Last weekend I went on an outdoor trip which nearly landed me in a life threatening situation. I took some time to chew on it before writing it down. I’m sharing this because there are several important lessons that anyone heading into the remote outdoors could learn from my experience.Read More
Never been on a cruise before? Neither have I. All I've heard is that it's really expensive to sail to Alaska. Busting these myths, I found a way to secure the cheapest cruise tickets to Alaska, and truly enjoyed the trip.Read More
You notice what you love. The crease on his brow. The scowl on his lips. It doesn’t mean that you dislike that about him or that you’re negatively affected by his outward expression. It means that you care about him to notice the things that frustrate him.Read More