I think about… Women in my life (2 of 3)

The art teacher started her creative juice squeezer with: don’t be scared, be bold! I stared at the canvas with intrigue, my tongue sticking out while I sized it up. My boldness, not the canvas. What is there to be scared about? My instincts told me that we were going to be alright. It’s been…

I think about…Women in my life (1 of 3)

My Inang has been appearing in my thoughts recently. For months I’ve been wracking my memory bank of traces of her. The more I dug up the more I realise that damn, she’s the most unfeminist feminist I know! She’s the first piece to my leadership puzzle, which I’m slowly putting together as I cross…

Dear Amy Cuddy

Dear Amy Cuddy, I just read the New York Times article.  You know, the one about discrediting others’ work using “P-hacking and replicators”? It floored me. I mean, I don’t really know anything about you except for the Power Pose TED Talk, but after that article, well, I cried. I’m sure you’ve heard reactions from…

Alpha

My 10 year old daughter was watching a movie she shouldn’t really watch. She was away from school sick and I was supposed to look after her. Which meant that we were both in the couch. Me in front of my laptop doing work, she in front of the TV enjoying her day off. The…

The post

Imagine you are bored. You’re at home sick with flu, or at a beach somewhere splayed on a hammock, or in a lecture room listening to Accounting 101. Then your smartphone gets your attention. Facebook notifications were illuminating the screen. You looked away, bit  your lip, resisted. Your eyes squinted, an excuse started bubbling in…

Morning of my life

I now want to live as long as I can live. I feel that I’m at the morning of my life. If my earlier life was hazy and crazy and dark at times, that was the dawn. I am now fully awake and ready to face the rest of it.  

On female bosses

I am guilty. As a woman I was one of those who used to say: I prefer a male boss than a female boss. Yes, I said it all the time throughout my 20s. I said it with bravado and a hint of provocation, mostly while speaking with another woman. It was true. In the first…

Mum Blogs

Ok, warning controversial statement coming up. I’m so over Mum Blogs. I’m over this trend where mums who talk about normal mum stuff are glorified. The key word here is: normal. Mums who talk about their labour. Mums who talk about the lack of time because they have multiple children. Mums who talk about feeling…

5 Things I learnt after my Maternity Leave

A couple of weeks ago I was on the train on my way to work when this gorgeous woman walked in the carriage and disrupted my usual train-face (where I look pensive and bored at the same time). Seriously, this woman demanded to be stared at, so I gawked at her. She had this big,…

The daily good

I subscribe to this newsletter called Daily Good. I make a point of reading one article from it in the morning most days, but on really bad days I end up reading up to 10 articles. I know when it’s a bad day when I actually trawl through Positive News as well. I use these…

5 Things I learnt during my Maternity Leave

Now that I’ve been back at work for more than 6 weeks and my staring-at-computer-screens-related-headaches have started I am looking back at my maternity leave days with longing. To celebrate my luck at having 11 months of break from professional work here are the 5 things I learnt while being a SAHM (stay-at-home-mom). 1 Being flexible with…

List of things

I am a list-er. I didn’t realise how much I loved lists until I came home from the hospital with my new baby early this year. Two minutes after we got in the house I was bawling my eyes out in the middle of the kitchen. My husband hugged me and assured me that it…