How quickly we get used to living with terrorism

Hubby and I are flying out to Phuket tonight, yippie!! When I told my colleagues about it, one of them reminded me that there’s been bombings in Thailand. He’s referring to the explosion in a hospital in Bangkok which took place 3 days ago and wounded over 20 people. I just brushed aside his comment by saying that it doesn’t affect our travel plans, there’re even bombings in the UK!

That’s when it occurred to me just how quickly society has adapted to terrorism. Yes, it still makes headlines in the news and it’s shocking and sad, but compared to a few years ago when terrorism in Europe was still rare and not as large scale, the reaction these days is less pronounced. It’s really sad that this is the reality of life in the 21st century.  Continue reading

A generation of obsessive mums

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(This post may make me unpopular with some women, so I apologize in advance if you find it offensive but this is just my observation and view.) I’m generalizing here, but it would appear that women these days seem to be prone to obsessing about certain things. I thought that it was bad when we reached late 20s/early 30s and we went through the wedding phase. I wouldn’t go as far as saying that my girlfriends turned into bridezilla, but there were certainly a few who exhibited telling signs such as spending tons of time trying on gowns (and expecting us to accompany her), being bossy and demanding, etc. Continue reading

Having a great time in China

In my first post on Beijing, I talked about how my initial encounter with Beijing was pretty shocking but I ended it by saying that it only got better from there. Even though the first week was challenging, I had a ball of a time for the rest of my stay there. There were lots of reasons for this, but I think a lot of it had to do with my mindset. Here are some of the key reasons I had a great time:

Just do it!

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Kung fu lessons (sorry for the poor quality, it’s a screenshot from a video)

I doubt any of my friends or family (and certainly not my hubby) would describe me as adventurous. But knowing that I was only in Beijing for three months, I wanted to make the most of it. So I tried my best and threw myself into it despite the language and cultural barriers. I signed up for kung fu lessons which was great fun. I got to know a local university student who became my language partner and also gave me an insight into a local student’s lifestyle and view of the world. I also got used to life in Beijing such that I had my favourite cafés and restaurants and a daily routine that I was comfortable with. I lowered my expectations and tolerated the smelly traditional squat toilets, barely noticed the pollution and became very fit from all the walking required in Beijing. Continue reading

A trip down memory lane

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Beach in Batu Ferringhi

Last Friday, we packed our bags and headed to the airport for a long weekend in Penang, an island in Malaysia. We met my parents and sister there, and spent three days hanging out with them. Penang is my dad’s hometown and most of my uncles and cousins still live in and around Penang. It is one of the popular tourist destinations in Malaysia and is especially popular with local tourists as it’s famous for having great food. Continue reading