Motherhood, wedding kids’ policy, diplomacy

If you want a lesson on diplomacy, plan a wedding. 

That’s my own quote, inspired by planning my wedding. Better than completing a poli-sci degree, though just as (if not more!) expensive. Haha. Continue reading

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A new year: hope in a very messed up world

Happy New Year dear Bloggers. I wish you a year of health, happiness and peace.

I’d have liked to announce that 2014 was a fabulous year, but I can’t honestly say that with a straight face. Much of 2014 news was tough to stomach. Continue reading

Revisiting Mioggi Spa, Hong Kong

In a previous post about the Mioggi Spa located at K-11 shopping mall (Tsimshatsui) I gave it a poor review. After revisiting the spa again to finish the remaining services of my HKD189 Groupon deal, my assessment changed somewhat for the better. In fairness, I’m posting this follow-up review to give consumers the complete picture. Continue reading

Nomination: One Lovely Blog Award

one-lovely-blog1I’ve only been blogging for a short while and consider myself a newbie, so it came as a surprise when Sueju Takeshi nominated me for this. I am honoured and inspired, Takeshi, by your writing and outlook in life. For those who haven’t read his blog, please do. A polymath, fluent in several languages including Filipino and English (with advanced to working knowledge of Thai, Japanese and Chinese too), along with a passion for the sciences, Takeshi is a budding writer Continue reading

The things I want you to know: letter to my broken-hearted friend

A dear friend of mine, Kimberly, just broke up with her boyfriend recently. It was hard to see her cry. She smiled and was strong when recounting her story, but the underlying hurt was still there, raw and undulating. In a brief moment while she looked out the window, the emotions emerged and the tears gushed a drop at a time. Continue reading

Women friendships – go to the source during conflict

Guy-Guy vs Girl-Girl Relationships

friendship_holding_handsI often argue with my fiancé about guy-guy friendships versus girl-girl friendships. He thinks guys are simpler and more straightforward. Have a beer, play some ball, and everything’s fine again. Girls on the other hand, cat-fight, get jealous, and are generally prone to a lot more back-handed competition. That’s his point of view. Being generally protective of my own gender and to tone down his swelling ego as being part of the ‘cooler’ male sex, I rebutted. Not true. It’s not a sex thing, it’s a personality thing. People can get along fine, be good friends, as long as their personalities mesh.

My point may have been made for the sake of argument. Truth is, I can’t help but feel that girl-girl friendships are indeed more complicated than the guy-guy friendships I know. Continue reading

In solitude we are real

Anonymous Blogging

When I started this blog I contemplated linking it to my real profile. Finally decided against it because I will never be able to write what is true. I will self-censor, editing away the parts I fear will hurt or damage, deleting those moments that I find too embarrassing Continue reading

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Stranger sharing my journey

Stranger sharing my journey

Is it easier to be honest with complete strangers?

I once met a man on a plane and started telling him things I found difficult to tell people I knew. Difficult, because I feared judgement from my circle and how they would view my choice. With this stranger, there were no strings attached. Continue reading

Trusting Strangers