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2018 Encapsulate

This is the fifth annual highlights recap that I have published on this blog. Blogging has never been all that consistent for me, much to my own dismay and embarrassment. But the one post that I try to plan ahead and spend weeks thinking about …

ただいま

Have you ever arrived somewhere, only to realise that you have some place else to be? A doctors appointment, a friend’s birthday drinks or a child you were meant to pick up from school half an hour ago (oops). For the last two years in …

Penerbangan

Today is the day and I’ve been diligent about it like my parents have always told me to be, so I am ready. I’ve packed my best clothes, functional shoes, money, a book and my most important documents, because like a space cadet on a …

2017 the sound, the vibe

I’ve written a year in review on this blog every year for the last three years. I started this tradition in 2014 because I wanted to recap every bit of travel I did while on exchange in Stockholm. For 2015, I wanted to hold myself …

How Muay Thai Saved My Life

What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you? Did you accidentally conjure up a mental image of it in the nanoseconds of time it took you to finish reading that sentence? Do you still dream about it and if so, are you just thankful …

Dad’s 50th Birthday Speech

I don’t think there is a shadow of doubt in this room that I stand before all of you as a true, 100% daddy’s girl. Growing up, the biggest compliment you could have given me is to say how much I looked like Dad, how …

A Love Letter to Tokyo

In Japanese culture, when you are meeting for the first time, the phrases ‘初めまして/hajimemashite’ and ‘どぞよろしくお願いします/dozo yoroshiku onegaishimasu’ are used. The literal translations are ‘I am meeting you for the first time’ and ‘Please take good care of me’. People are always shocked when I …

The Q on Harris, Ultimo

My everyday routine for the last month has the speed and intensity cranked up high right now. I’ve doubled my fitness routine, am finally getting the hang of my new job, been reconnecting with new and old friends and am trying to put more consistent …