A Single Mother’s Perspective on Dating, Love and Marriage

For starters, I am a single mother. (If it is not clear, by now) I got divorced more than 10 years ago. People laugh at me or gasp in disbelief when I share that I have not dated for over 10 years. It is only recently that I've come out of my "cold storage" to re-join the dating ...

My City: Kuala Lumpur, My Country: Malaysia

Ever since I started blogging, I have been getting my small share of fan-mail. Some people mistook me for an Indonesian or Filipina. I am flattered :) However, just to set the record straight - I am Malaysian Chinese. And no, I am not Muslim. Yes, Malaysia is essentially a Muslim nation because the majority of the ...

The New Look of the Blog

Hello everyone, Hope this post finds everyone well. I know there has been a lull for about a week or so. The blog was being upgraded. It has now been migrated to a self hosting server. Hence, there was a lot of work being done at the "back end". I sincerely thank everyone for their kind patience and understanding. I am eager ...

The Many Faces of Shirley Maya Tan and her relationship with her hair

This is not a self-glorification post. Well, may be it is a little...but don't tell anyone that I said that ;p Seriously though, it is about my former obsession with my hair. I say former because I no longer have that kind of unhealthy attachment to my hair. By the way, I am referring to the hair on top of my ...

My Submission, My Confession

My submission is my confession. There is no other place I can unload this. And I desperately need to extract these painful pieces out of me before they infect the rest of me. Although I do appreciate the fusion of both Eastern and Western values within me, it has left me rather disintegrated. For the longest time, I ...

The Liebster Blog Award Challenge: A Fun Interactive Challenge for Writers & Bloggers

So, I have been nominated by a new friend, Adite Banerjie, to take the Liebster Blog Award Challenge. To be honest, I was introduced to her by Julie Gray to earn my nomination. I wanted to take on this fun and interactive challenge. I thought it would be great to connect with other bloggers and ...

Travelling with Extended Families: The Joys and Pains

As Anthony Boudain said ~ "Travel isn't always pretty. It isn't always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that's okay. The journey changes you - it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you....Hopefully, you ...

Decorating for Chinese New Year with Your Own Touch

Every Friday, a column in NST RED will feature an article written by me. It's all about the unique spaces which I have come across that provide interesting or unusual experiences. Yes, the stories I write for NST RED can be about anything as long as it is related to spaces/places. After all, the RED in NST RED ...

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