Chinese New Year, also called the Lunar New Year, is set to fall on 12 February this year. It marks the beginning of a new year according to the traditional lunar calendar, and heralds the arrival of spring. Here in Malaysia, Chinese New Year is a pretty big thing, since people of Chinese descent make up more than 20% of the population (about 6 million … Continue reading Celebrating Chinese New Year In The Middle Of A Pandemic
Ah, capitalism. No matter how vigilant we try to be against the tricks of the trade, I’m pretty sure we’ve all fallen victim to seemingly ‘innocent’ marketing traps at one time or other. It’s the .99$ promos, the membership discounts, the buy-1-free-1 deals. We think we’re getting a bargain; that we’ve outsmarted the game. In reality, we’re all just suckers in a system designed to … Continue reading The Sales and Marketing Trap – How Companies Get You To Buy More Than You Actually Need
Wow. So it’s that time of the year again. I feel like I blinked and whoosh, another year has gone by. 2020 hasn’t exactly been a great year, what with the pandemic and all. Still, I’m grateful that my family and I have managed to weather it so far, despite the uncertainties and challenges – like the Hubs being stuck overseas. There were also some … Continue reading 2020 In Pictures
Times are hard. They’re hard for people, they’re hard for businesses, and they’re just… hard in general. Jobs are difficult to come by, households are in debt, people have lost jobs, the list goes on. But that doesn’t give free license to companies to treat their workers, or potential hires, like dirt. Like beggars begging for scraps. “Oh, be thankful you have a job.” “Oh, … Continue reading Writers Are People Too.
November has been an awful month for many Filipinos. The island nation has been battered by consecutive storms and typhoons, with five within the span of the last few weeks. Earlier this month, super typhoon Goni – one of the strongest tropical cyclones ever recorded – devastated large swathes of Eastern Philippines, leaving 25 dead with thousands more displaced. And now another one has struck. … Continue reading I Interviewed My Husband on his Typhoon Ulysses Experience
Ever since I can remember, my family and I have been dogged by neighbour problems. It doesn’t matter where we move to, there will always be one (either on the left or the right, since most Malaysian homes are terrace houses) that drives us up the wall. Since we live for tea, here are my tales of nightmare neighbours: there’s actually so much to tell … Continue reading Nightmare Neighbours Vol.1
Hey guys! It’s 12/10 and the gov just announced that we’re having another CMCO (for the benefit of my foreign readers, that’s a Conditional Movement Control Order – kinda like a ‘loose’ quarantine but not a total lockdown) in my area: which means no interstate travel allowed, plus restrictions on the operating hours of some businesses, for two weeks. Schools will be closed, as well … Continue reading Mid-October Update
introvert noun /ˈɪntrəvəːt/ a shy, reticent person. Mention introvert and the image that comes to mind is of a person sitting quietly in a corner, surrounded by a mountain of books. They might enjoy hobbies like knitting, drawing, video games, or going for long walks on the beach on their own. Extroverts, by comparison, are the ones who are forward and ‘think on their feet’; … Continue reading Nurture Your Introverts to Harness Their Superpowers