Where do I begin? As we approach the tail-end of 2020, a year that most people are in a hurry to forget, I’d like to take some time to pause and reflect on all the things I’ve not just lost, but also gained, in a year that will come to define our generation. In the … Continue reading A Tribute to 2020
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Getting through 2 weeks of covid-19 social isolation with craft beers.
It's been a few years since I've last "celebrated" Valentine's Day. But since I'm not here to re-live the traumatic memories, I shall instead stick to the point I'm trying to make. That is to say - Time heals. Hearts mend. What we thought was broken was merely bent. After all the weird and wonderful … Continue reading A Valentine’s Day Cartoon
“God bless you, young lady,” the cleaning lady declared with sincerity sparkling in her eyes. “God bless you for taking the time to talk to an old auntie like me.” There are no surprises for guessing what my answer would be, if asked the question – what would your superpower be, if you could choose? … Continue reading Invisible
Happy New Year. Whilst the whole world is mentally psyched for the fresh start of a new year, 2 January is also the first day of the academic year in Singapore. For many of my colleagues with kids just starting out in primary school, this milestone experience of preparing for the first day is as … Continue reading Lessons from the First Day of School
In the blink of an eye, we're already into October - oh how time flies. It's around this time when the academic school term in the northern hemisphere is building up momentum, just as the school year is coming to a close here in Singapore. As an English teacher working with students in these two … Continue reading What Teaching Young Kids Has Taught Me
It starts with a Lorazepam on a Saturday night. The gastroenterologist had prescribed something to counteract the insomnia that comes along with the corticosteroids I have been given to deal with the “bigger” issue. An issue so large and nebulously vague, they still cannot confirm with 100% certainty if it is Crohn’s disease or tuberculosis. … Continue reading Sleepless Saturday Night Stocktake
Two things have been happening recently that’s changed my relationship with food. In the last couple of posts, I discussed a little bit about my digestive problems leading to hospitalisation, a diagnosis of Crohn’s disease, and medically imposed limits on my diet. The other thing I shared were some YouTube videos made by other brave … Continue reading Back In Time For Dinner
In the throes of my eating disorder, one of the greatest fear foods for me was not actually a food, but drinks. In my eating-disordered mind, liquid calories were the epitome of all that was wrong with the world, so much so that I not only cut out juices and believe it or not - … Continue reading Liquid Calories
Oh, cruel irony. For a significant period during my illness, I had denied myself so many foods that brought me great pleasure and joy, not only foods I desired and craved, but foods that most people would concede, are simply delightful. A cheese and charcuterie platter with a sumptuous glass of red wine. Pizza. Pasta. … Continue reading Recovery Pains