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Not easy being a mother

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by samalita on March 7, 2015

AT THE time of writing this, I have been housebound for six days. Aside from trips to the paediatrician in the past week, I have been spending Chinese New Year (CNY) indoors nursing my sick baby. Published in March’s online and paper edition of The Star Metro. 

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Travelling with a baby

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by samalita on February 19, 2015

This year marks the first time in ten years that I’ve been in Malaysia for Chinese New Year. Gone are the carefree travelling days of strolling down the airport’s moving walkways with my freshly blow-dried hair waving in the wind, perhaps reading a good book before casting a wistful look over London as the plane takes off. Published in February’s paper edition of The Star […]

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Finding my place in the holiday season

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by samalita on January 3, 2015

As I look out of the bedroom window to rolling hills and snow capped mountains in the horizon, I reminisced on all the different window views I’ve had on the last day of every year since I left Malaysia in 2004. Published in January’s paper and online edition of the Star Metro.

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Contentment is an attitude

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by samalita on December 6, 2014

It seems that my current state is what my younger self had always wished for. As far as happy ending goes in rom-coms, this is the part where the guy holds the girl’s hand and they walk into the sunset. Or in Disney cartoons, the happy-ever-after. Published in December’s paper and online edition of The Star Metro.

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Western child, Asian values

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by samalita on November 1, 2014

In recent weeks, my 9 week old Raphie had begun to recognise faces and became increasingly aware of the arty decor, books, and toys in our home. So, I thought it would be interesting to see whether she would like a soothing massage. Published in November’s paper edition of The Star Metro.   

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Trials of first time parents

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by samalita on October 4, 2014

I was determined not to write about my baby. Surely there must be something else I can talk about. But since I have been living and breathing parenthood in the past six weeks, nothing appears to be more rele-vant than my baby girl, Raphie. Published in October’s paper and online edition of The Star Metro.   

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A new life after baby

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by samalita on September 13, 2014

As I begin writing this, my 9-day old daughter is breathing gently on my chest. I am trying to balance an F5-sized moleskin, a sleeping baby, muslin square and feeding cup on my body – a feat that seemed utterly impossible just days ago. As they say, it does get better. Published in September’s paper and online edition […]

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There’s a baby on board

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by samalita on August 2, 2014

He shot up from where he was sitting, “Ma’am, would you like a seat?” he asked, alarming adjacent passengers who looked guilty for not spotting my bump. I was only travelling to the next stop on the tube, but, hey… Published in August’s paper and online edition of The Star Metro.

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What are friends for?

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by samalita on July 5, 2014

HAVE you ever felt troubled and wished you had someone you can trust to confide in? Or you find yourself sitting at home on a lonely night thinking that your closest buddies are either in a different time zone, busy with work, babies or themselves? Published in July’s paper and online edition of The Star Metro. […]

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A visit worth the wait

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by samalita on June 7, 2014

Last month, I had the pleasure of hosting my family in London for the first time since I stepped on British soil. I was happy but nervous, not knowing how they would manage in my tiny one-bedroom flat… Published in June’s paper and online edition of The Star Metro.

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