Gosh, why is it SO hard?!

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The past couple of years have probably been the toughest time of my life. Not because I had particularly bad luck or my heart broken, but because I became a working mum. Nobody warned me that it’s one of the toughest roles out there! I was hoping that it would gradually become easier but no luck so far. In fact, with my manager going back to the US and having to take on more responsibilities at work, it’s only getting harder. I should really be happy that I got promoted but I realized that it also meant longer hours at work, and hence, less time with my daughter. This morning was especially tough as she’s down with a cold and so she cried and clung to me when I left home. Continue reading

Technology – can’t live without it, can’t live with it

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For my generation, there are quite a few life changing developments which are linked to technology. When I was around ten, my dad brought home one of those box-like computers with the DOS system. Some of you are probably not old enough to have seen these ancient computers with the green or white writings on black screens. My sister and I had fun playing simple games like PAC-MAN and pinball on the computer. Continue reading

Sunshine and good food in Sorrento and Capri

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Port at Sorrento (and Mt Vesuvius in the distance)

During our trip to Pompeii, we stayed in Sorrento which is a beautiful and romantic town in Southern Italy. Of our many trips to Europe, this is one of the top five places that we’ve visited. There are two areas in Sorrento – the main tourist area on top of the cliff and the port by the water. While Sorrento is a tourist resort, it does not feel too commercialized and has preserved a rustic and laidback atmosphere. I love the narrow cobbled streets filled with shops, restaurants and cafes, the beautiful Roman architecture with grand villas along the cliff, with terraces overlooking the sea, and amazing food and wine. Continue reading

The last days of Pompeii

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Mt Vesuvius looming over the main square of Pompeii

Here’s an odd bit of info from my childhood – I spent a lot of time watching horror and violent films when I was young, definitely before the age of seven and possibly as young as four. This was before the time when parents were advised to restrict the time children spend watching TV and the type of content being consumed (at least in Asia). I vaguely remember movies featuring Chinese vampires, Freddy Krueger and also, the strangest of all, a mini-series called the Last Days of Pompeii. This showcased the luxury lifestyle of the people in Pompeii and how it all came to an end when the volcano erupted. From time to time, my parents still mention that there was a period of time when I insisted on watching the Last Days of Pompeii while having dinner, otherwise I would refuse to eat! Continue reading

Entertainment on Wednesday evenings

Last night, I had an entertaining evening out with my colleagues. Every Wednesday evening (except during summer months), one unique form of entertainment in Hong Kong is to go to the horse races in Happy Valley, Hong Kong Island. Even though I had this image that the horse races are mainly for gamblers, that’s not true at all. You don’t have to be interested in gambling to enjoy it. In fact, I’d highly recommend to do it at least once, as it’s a great night out, with something to watch, lots of drinks and a great party atmosphere.

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