Keep Getting Knocked Down

When I keep getting knocked down, again and again, by factors and elements that are not in my control, I wonder how far back and how deep I can fall. Going with the flow is hard. Grabbing on to the unforeseeable string of changing tides is even harder. Many people decide to give up onContinue reading “Keep Getting Knocked Down”

Stand At A Corner To Look At The World

I stand at a corner in Toronto Chinatown to look at the world. A community used to be populated by Chinese immigrants in the early days has now become one of the most famous local hotspots and tourist-friendly attractions in the city. Diversity is the word that most represents this quarter of the city. PeopleContinue reading “Stand At A Corner To Look At The World”

Kids Do Need Their Own Privacy

What is like having so much space to oneself in a big house? I often wonder. Growing up in an apartment, where relatives would come by for meals on a daily basis, I’d never really felt that my personal privacy was respected by the adults in the family. Maybe they thought that kids didn’t needContinue reading “Kids Do Need Their Own Privacy”

Honesty Between Parents And A Child

Is honesty the best policy in between a child and his parents? In childhood, I believe that it is. In adulthood, I doubt it. As a child, we were constantly learning. Like a sponge, we absorbed everything that our parents taught us. We took our parents’ teachings as gospels that not a single word spokenContinue reading “Honesty Between Parents And A Child”

That Special Stranger

Besides our parents, other close family members and good friends, it is not easy to come across a stranger, who genuinely believes in our dream and aspiration. Because of the rarity of this type of encounter, once in awhile, when we do cross path with that particular someone, her words of encouragement and perspective ofContinue reading “That Special Stranger”

A Sudden End To A Winning Streak

When we are at the top of our game, is our next move an inevitable tumble? We’ve seen this pattern played out time and time again that someone’s winning streak suddenly comes to a shocking end. Most of us like to celebrate others’ success, so much so that we shower them excessively with compliments andContinue reading “A Sudden End To A Winning Streak”

Switching Diet Takes More Than Personal Commitment

Switching to a healthy diet isn’t easy. Not only does it require one’s commitment and willingness to change, but it also takes a collective and cooperative effort to make it a success if we are living under one roof with our family. Humans are habitual creatures. When we are used to certain type of routine,Continue reading “Switching Diet Takes More Than Personal Commitment”