The real ever after

June 6, 2015
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HE WALKS up to her, sweeps her into his arms and they gaze lovingly into each other’s eyes. Hand in hand, they walk into the sunset. The ethereal nature of this scene has crept up many times during the twilight years of my adolescence and later in my twenties. I searched for the ever after, […]

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Motherhood vs ambition

May 2, 2015
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Just as I plopped on the comfy sofa that I had forgotten I even owned, her cry began. The distinctive all-out cry of my beloved offspring, intended just for me, as only her mother would suffice. Even when I’m in the midst of writing this article and I know that my baby is safe with […]

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Mastering the art of giving

April 4, 2015
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A fortnight has passed since we returned from our holiday in Malaysia. Coming back to London, it struck me just how quiet my home is compared to my parents’ and how different this city is to Kuala Lumpur — the people, the infrastructure, the mentality and the attitude to friends. Published in April’s online and […]

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Not easy being a mother

March 7, 2015
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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

February 19, 2015
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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

January 3, 2015
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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

December 6, 2014
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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

November 1, 2014
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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

October 4, 2014
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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

September 13, 2014
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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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