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The end of the decade. 2019 has been one of the better years I’ve had in a while. I am learning to get into the habit of choosing gratefulness over complaints every day. My bilateral frozen shoulders that kept me immobile, awake every night in chronic pain for 15 months finally thawed earlier this year […]

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We’re halfway through the year and I was just stocktaking changes I’ve made for a more purposeful, sustainable life. I’m actively making small changes to my every day life to be kinder to the planet. 1. If you live in Hong Kong, you must check out Hong Kong composting, an initiative by a friend Ming. […]

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This book is full of treasure nuggets on how to live a better life – a handbook for living truly sums it up. You might want to take your time to digest everything in here and reflect. I always thought the Dalai Lama was invincible and so zen that he was spared the sufferings of […]

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I was never big on celebrations or birthdays, and have been mindfully working on celebrating the little joys every day with gratitude. There’s a great book “Joy on Demand” by training the conscious mind to recognise these little moments. I don’t want to make a whole song and dance about the whole thing, so I’ve […]

I haven’ t been big on the festive celebrations where everyone seem to go all out to party like there’s no tomorrow. Since going through cancer treatment and the gift that won’t stop giving – the reverberating side effects of chronic pain – my body feels broken from the inside out, I have been trying […]

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I didn’t expect to enjoy this book as much as I did. The book peers into the psyche and dynamics of a Korean immigrant family and growing up first generation American with pedantic values and the psychology of poverty and lack, with the horrors of war not far behind their parents who immigrated to America. […]

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I didn’t know about Shonda Rhimes before I picked up this book. I know I’m terrible with this whole entertainment, celebrity name game. However, I did see a couple of seasons of Grey’s Anatomy, which my surgeon told me it is very accurate and whoever wrote it definitely did have medical professionals look over it. […]

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Many people loved this book and recommended it, but it was also interesting to see the reviews of people who disliked it and called him a narcissist – but what does one expect when they pick up a memoir? I’ve been really lucky with my team of doctors who saw me through cancer treatment, with […]

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A few friends recommended this book to me and I was a little skeptical at first, but ended up being drawn to the messages that Anita Moorjani shared about life after being cured from terminal cancer, returning from the other realm during a coma when her organs were shutting down. It wasn’t just because of getting […]

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In hindsight, I am so glad we dealt with cancer privately. The people who mattered already knew, a handful disappeared altogether like it was contagious, but friends whom I consider my extended family continued to treat me the same way. That was really nice, I didn’t need to be reminded of cancer at every turn, because […]

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