Social Anxiety: More Than Just Shyness To Me

What exactly is social anxiety? Is being shy the same as social anxiety? Oh, it is definitely more than that. Social anxiety is defined as “the fear of being judged and evaluated negatively by other people, leading to feelings of Continue reading Social Anxiety: More Than Just Shyness To Me

Journalling: Little Daily Dosage Of Self-Love

Have you ever heard the phrase “You can’t love a person until you love yourself first”? Self-love is important to living well because it guides us to love and appreciate ourselves despite the negativity. Self-love influences us to pick suitable soulmates, plan Continue reading Journalling: Little Daily Dosage Of Self-Love

Peranakan Malay: Keeping The Language Alive

The origin story of the Peranakans has always encountered debates. All things considered, it is difficult to determine its exact history. Even the most esteemed scholars are unable to come up with a definitive answer. Nevertheless, there has always been Continue reading Peranakan Malay: Keeping The Language Alive

Breakup 101: Getting Over A Breakup Like A Boss

My heart felt like it split into two when I broke up

Love can drive anyone crazy enough to show grand romantic gestures or feel like a superhero or worse, allow yourself to be vulnerable with a complete stranger. It honestly is an exhilarating feeling when the feeling is mutual. However, what Continue reading Breakup 101: Getting Over A Breakup Like A Boss

Are Online Classes The Nuisance New Normal For Students?

If I could describe 2020 in a word, it would be “unprecedented”. Learning has never been easy for some even before the pandemic. It has been approximately two months since classes were shifted virtually due to COVID-19. I wonder how Continue reading Are Online Classes The Nuisance New Normal For Students?

Coronavirus: Delivering A Newborn In Lockdown

This is a time where you and everybody else, worldwide, are avoiding contact with another human being. These measures, termed social distancing, are preventive in the fight against a global pandemic, COVID-19. In a nutshell, all manner of non-essential businesses Continue reading Coronavirus: Delivering A Newborn In Lockdown

Carol Lee: Under Lockdown But Work Comes First (Part 2 Of 2)

2020 is definitely a year without precedent. Countries worldwide are imposing total or partial lockdown due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus. As we quarantine, whether alone or with loved ones, we grasp on the last thread of sanity. Continue reading Carol Lee: Under Lockdown But Work Comes First (Part 2 Of 2)

Peranakan: Origin Story Of The People Of The Straits

Not many people can say that they have met a Peranakan before let alone hail from that lineage. Growing up in a Peranakan household meant that I had a unique upbringing. Everything from culture to food and fashion had a Continue reading Peranakan: Origin Story Of The People Of The Straits

Inner Peace: A Self-Reflection Towards Attaining It

Attaining inner peace during the COVID-19 pandemic has been everyone’s challenge as it has taken everyone by surprise and none of us are really prepared for its onslaught. A Movement Control Order (MCO) was implemented by the Malaysian government to Continue reading Inner Peace: A Self-Reflection Towards Attaining It

Working From Home: Finding Work-Life Balance During Quarantine

The pandemic known as COVID-19 has impelled employees from non-essential businesses all over the world to work from home. In hopes to flatten the curve, Malaysians are complying with the movement control order (MCO) imposed by the government. But being Continue reading Working From Home: Finding Work-Life Balance During Quarantine

Beauty Queen: Carol Lee’s Spanning Career (Part 1 Of 2)

“All that glitters is not gold.” That usually is the stereotype with supermodels, TV hosts, newscasters and beauty queens. They are aesthetically beautiful on the outside but how are they on the inside? Are they articulate? Are they kind? Do Continue reading Beauty Queen: Carol Lee’s Spanning Career (Part 1 Of 2)

Caught Between The COVID ‘Devil’ And The Deep Blue Sea

The news of the COVID-19 pandemic brought the world to its knees. The novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, spread across the world with unprecedented speed, no thanks to the modern air travel. This pandemic literally caught everybody between the devil and the Continue reading Caught Between The COVID ‘Devil’ And The Deep Blue Sea

COVID-19 Quarantine: Help Your Children Learn From Home

Life is full of unexpected interruptions. From the beginning of 2020, the COVID-19 virus spread across the world like wildfire. Here in Malaysia, things went downhill very quickly. The government had to make an unprecedented decision. They implemented the Movement Continue reading COVID-19 Quarantine: Help Your Children Learn From Home

Social Distancing Y’all: Nowhere Else To Run

Running in the park has become a luxury since Malaysia's Movement Control Order to contain the Covid-19 pandemic

Surely by now the meaning of social distancing does not warrant a lengthy explanation. Its global understanding, a given; its implementation, universal. Therefore to contain the spread of COVID-19, a Movement Control Order (MCO) was decreed. For Malaysia, this meant Continue reading Social Distancing Y’all: Nowhere Else To Run

Tripod Cat Taught Me The Art Of Gratitude

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Life’s most valuable lessons come in the most unique ways. Sometimes it comes from a stranger you meet while you’re waiting for your coffee at McDonald’s. It can come in any form. I didn’t expect my lesson to come through Continue reading Tripod Cat Taught Me The Art Of Gratitude

Staying Home, Staying Alive: Malaysians Learn To Stay Home

How many of us have watched doomsday movies or read books with an apocalyptic setting? Brilliant movies like Contagion, Pandemic and I Am Legend, which we assumed were works of fiction, now seem like “Life imitating Art.” However, in all Continue reading Staying Home, Staying Alive: Malaysians Learn To Stay Home

Breast Cancer Survivor Shares Her Winning Formula

Does it mean it’s the end-of-life for some people who are diagnosed with cancer? I bet, to face another day must have been tough for them. Stories by cancer survivors never failed to make me feel inspired. Because to me, Continue reading Breast Cancer Survivor Shares Her Winning Formula

Inclusiveness In Childbirth And Postnatal Care

father and newborn together

A cosy home away from home is usually associated with travelling to another place for a holiday. You can imagine an idyllic setting for relaxing and where you and your loved ones are well cared for. Here, a home away Continue reading Inclusiveness In Childbirth And Postnatal Care

Your Eyes Are The Window To Your Soul

You are most probably reading this article from your smartphone, desktop or other digital devices. Furthermore, if you are with young children, they probably have one in their hands too. The use of gadgets is so prevalent nowadays. While gadgets Continue reading Your Eyes Are The Window To Your Soul

Planner: How To Upgrade Your Planning System

Do you face difficulties organising your tasks? Are you often forgetful, and always end up procrastinating a lot? Have you ever felt like you needed to do something, then think “I’ll do it later”, then end up forgetting about it? Continue reading Planner: How To Upgrade Your Planning System

Active Listening: Are You Really All Ears?

“My toddler said “Mama” today!! Couldn’t have been happier!!” We’re all aware of the excitement parents feel when their mini versions learn and begin to speak. It’s something vital, a survival code, maybe? It definitely is an important developmental milestone Continue reading Active Listening: Are You Really All Ears?

A Forgotten Wau Bulan: Preserving The Tradition

Before the arrival of the internet, Facebook and online shopping, the children of that era used to fly oversized kites as a form of entertainment. In Malaysia, these oversized kites are also known as Wau. The Wau comes with different Continue reading A Forgotten Wau Bulan: Preserving The Tradition

Strawelling⁠? What Happens When You Travel With One Straw

Everywhere I travel to, I make sure I’d be strawelling too. But how does this little cylindrical pipe make me carry it along anyway? The first straw I started using was a gift, harmless to say that to practise strawelling Continue reading Strawelling⁠? What Happens When You Travel With One Straw

Ageing Gracefully, Embracing Change: A Work In Progress

For many of us, this three-letter word, AGE, can mean a lot of things: Some say it’s just a number; others cower in fear when they see the numbers increase; and then there are some of us who welcome the Continue reading Ageing Gracefully, Embracing Change: A Work In Progress

Looking For A Date Idea? (That Cost Little Or Nothing At All)

Affordable date ideas

Dinner, drinks and a two-hour movie. If I didn’t know any better, I’d say that this is a foolproof date idea. Because, why not? It’s easy to plan them. Plus, couples in different stages of relationship have adopted this formula to Continue reading Looking For A Date Idea? (That Cost Little Or Nothing At All)