Month: April 2017

‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’, Khaled Hosseini

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Books

‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’ by Khaled Hosseini is a powerful, thought-provoking story told by a brilliant writer and story-teller. The story spans over 30 years from 1963 to 2003 during the Afghan war and revolves around two Afghani women who’s paths eventually cross. Mariam is an illegitimate child who suffers in her childhood as a result of her neglectful and wealthy father and later in her tumultuous marriage arranged by her father to a widowed shoemaker Rasheed.  Laila, born a generation later, grew up […]

Fresh Air & Exercise

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Little Moments

I suffer from sinus headaches a lot, especially during weather changes and when I go in and out of air con. The other day, I had a terrible headache from the air con while I was working up a sweat at a gym. I came home and lay on the couch with tea in the sun and slept. But I couldn’t shake it off. I had a couple of panadols, cooked dinner and binge watched ‘Big Little […]

Star Gazing 

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This weekend we were the couple who escaped the city for a quiet farm stay in the Southern Highlands in Australia.  We spent the weekend eating well at cafes in bookstores and restaurants in converted cottages; exploring little boutiques and a historic mansion; and getting lost in a maze and admiring beautiful gardens. The historic town of Berrima reminded me of Stars Hollows in Gilmore Girls. It’s sleepy, quiet, peaceful and just beautiful in autumn […]

This Weekend… 

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We had a 4-day long weekend in Australia which was still too short.  On Good Friday I shared bagels with peanut butter and warm hot cross buns with my boyfriend for breakfast. Afterwards he drove me to the airport and I relaxed with tea and books in the Lorna Jane Active Living Room while waiting for my flight.  I arrived in Brisbane at noon feeling a little under the weather and met my parents.  The […]

‘The Expatriates’, Janice YK Lee

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‘The Expatriates’ by Janice YK Lee is a beautifully written novel that I read quickly within 5 days and stayed up till the early hours of the morning to finish it on the last day. I also thought about it for a day afterwards and googled every review I could find. The story is set in contemporary HK (where I was also an expat for 2 years) and tells a sad but beautiful tale of […]

When Being an Adult is too Hard

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Little Moments

Being an adult is hard. We have to hustle, pay bills, buy groceries, cook, wash our clothes and clean. Sometimes we wonder why we ever moved out of home – especially if we were lucky to have kind parents who took great care of us. When the hustle gets tough and everything feels like it’s starting to fall apart, I believe it’s good to treat ourselves like we are small children.  Feed yourself healthy food. […]

My Morning Routine in HK

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Little Moments / Mindfulness

My first 6 months in HK were probably the most difficult 6 months of my life so far. I had to adapt to a foreign country while taking on a difficult job all by myself. I was sad, lonely and homesick most of the time.  It was the little things that got me through the initial hump like having a stable morning routine. A morning routine that put me in a positive mindset for the […]

How Being Less Busy Helped my Meditation Practice 

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I spent my 20s trying to find ways to keep busy. At first, it was a way to mend a broken heart and enjoy being single. With most of my closest childhood friends from my hometown in relationships or getting married, I tried to find ways to keep myself busy and ‘interesting’. I took lots of classes and found myself a busy and dynamic job where my mind was occupied and engaged from start to […]

Memories from my Hometown Canberra 

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I left my hometown Canberra 9 years ago to live in the big city of Sydney (including 2 years in an even bigger city – Hong Kong). I’m used to the ‘city life’ now. A fast paced lifestyle with plenty to do and see, and being able to stay anonymous in a city of millions. It suits me.  But every time I wait for the bus or jump into the car with my boyfriend for […]

A Rainy Monday Morning 

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It’s Monday morning after a beautiful, relaxing weekend filled with brunches, tea, reading and writing. Daylight savings kicked in so I woke an hour earlier which left time to lie in bed, meditate and get ready slowly. But I haven’t eaten breakfast yet, and I opted to wear flip flops instead of Wellington boots.  As we step outside, we are met with a blast of cold air and I immediately regret my choice of footwear. […]