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For many, the New Year represents transitions and hopes – we dream of new beginnings that will make us happier, we hope for changes that will make us healthier, or perhaps we long for meaning that will make life better.

We are often guided by the ever present assumption that we should do more and better – always adding things to our To Do lists. Oh, you ra...

September 29, 2016

One day, I realized that my grandmother is becoming increasingly forgetful. She forgot about where she placed her glasses, about what she ate for lunch; and sometimes, she even forgot about me as her grandson, or mistaken me for my dad. She also became increasingly disoriented and confused about time and day and would wish me “Merry Christmas” in the mont...

September 24, 2016

I was watching a TED talk given by Kevin Breel, a comedian. Interestingly, he talked about depression – his talk was ironically titled ‘Confessions of a Depressed Comic’. In it he spoke about how he has struggled with his ruminating thoughts and how he did his best to hide it from the outside world – essentially living two different lives.

He spoke of how...

“Despite my struggles, I achieved every goal I set for myself.

I volunteered at the crisis hotline and shared about my self-injury for the first time. I won awards for my writing. I discovered photography and showed my work in small galleries. I was an undergraduate researcher. I got my degree. I got accepted to a Ph.D. program back in my hometown of Miami...

‘No Man Is An Island’

The above is a popular quote that many may be familiar with; however, it is of interest to note that the quote itself is incomplete – the full quote by author John Donne goes ‘No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent’. This reflects a quality of our species which parallels the idea of evolutionary p...

September 1, 2016

“I am too fat”, “I am too skinny.”, “I wish my skin is fairer.”, “I am too short”, “If only I had straight hair, bigger eyes, smaller nose, longer legs, I will be happy.” Does any of this sound familiar? If so, you are not alone.

Adolescence marks a period of intense physical, social and emotional changes. This is a phase where physical appearance becomes...

August 22, 2016

We live in interesting times. We are immersed in an environment rich with technological possibilities – both fantastic and practical. For those who lived through the pre-Internet era, researching ideas, thoughts and questions were done in a vastly different way – either through visiting libraries, asking around, or for those fortunate enough, wading throu...

August 17, 2016

I am sure many of us are familiar with the “Asians with high expectations” meme – such as this one here:

Most of us would laugh at it, but if we stop and think about it, how many of us could actually relate to this meme? How often do we tell ourselves to work hard, get the high grades, have a good social life, look great, all while appearing calm and colle...

August 13, 2016

Adulthood – a huge term that comes with responsibilities and commitment. Being an adult, we face challenges that pressure us to meet certain expectations or demands. We are expected to be independent, to have matured thinking and the ability to problem-solve. It is also expected that we shall not continue to behave like a child or act in a childish manner...

August 8, 2016

Freedom – do you want it? Ask any teenagers and they would tell you their desire for freedom.

The reality though, is when parental authority steps aside, what you would soon discover is that you now have to face direct exposure to the more complex and arbitrary demands of society. You would also soon learn that you are to be responsible for each and every...

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