A Reflection on Reinventing Oneself

Yesterday, I had the privilege of speaking to almost 60 people attending a lunch sponsored by the Women in Networks (WiN) group at Hewlett-Packard Asia Pacific here in Singapore.  The group’s executive sponsor Elizabeth Hernandez approached me about presenting to the group after seeing an article which featured the reinvention stories of my friend Carol and I.  See …

Two Fabulous Weeks Out of My Routine

Every morning at exactly 6:30 AM in my Singapore neighborhood, a symphony of urban jungle birds makes sure that everyone knows it is time to be awake.  We are situated only 142 kilometers or 88 miles from the equator, so the sun rises and sets at pretty much the same time all year long.  Our …

Dessert Before Dinner

I am feeling weepy, as I sit in the Munich airport on a layover that eventually gets me back to Asia (with a couple of days in Hong Kong) before heading home to Singapore.  Maybe it’s the pint of Erdinger that I am drinking…or more so, perhaps the plethora of emotions and memories that I’ve experienced over …

Blood Does Run Thick in Poland

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a post for this blog entitled “Chinese Tattoos and Spirit(s).”  In that post, I concluded that whether we knew our ancestors or not, their spirit remains with us and helps to shape and define who we are both physically and psychologically.  I mentioned that I’ve been thinking about that …

Feeling Wonky

I’ve been feeling particularly wonky the last couple of days.  I love that word “wonky” introduced to me several years ago by a friend, when I was living in New Orleans.  Although not an official word, there is no other word to so perfectly describe how I’ve been feeling.  When you look it up online, …

Chinese Tattoos and Spirit(s)

Several years ago, I was on a trip with five of my friends from Houston, Texas to participate in an annual relay marathon.  It was something we had done several times and became a bit of a tradition and bonding experience for us.  This particular year, one of my friends had just gone through a divorce and …

Peace and Tranquility?

Peacocks are beautiful.  Sure.  But, did you know that they sound like a dying cat at sunrise? Don’t let their beauty fool you!  I never knew they made such noise. Nor did I care, actually, until they woke me up three bright-and-early mornings in a row on my recent staycation on Sentosa, a small Singaporean resort island 20 minutes from …

Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable

“I’m getting comfortable with being uncomfortable.”  A friend in Singapore talking about expatriate living When she first said it, I thought…”oh that’s cute, but I don’t really get it.”   For me, the thought of moving to different parts of the world and making a new life there is exhilarating…in fact, it’s right in my …