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Hello Vietnam

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       On   04/05/2021, I was invited by Jen Vuhuong, who is based in Vietnam for an appearance on Facebook Live and podcast.      The first time I met her was more than 7 years ago, I remember her as a determined and gutsy young lady. Someone who pushes her boundary to try new things and bravely travel to foreign places without knowing anyone there.      It was interesting to note how both of us have grown throughout the years since the first time we met.      I am honoured that she considers me as her first mentor.      A recording of the talk:- Facebook Live      Website: Rising From The Ashes

Find Your Calling

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             On the 3rd of April 2021, I was invited by SpeakRight Consultancy to be a part of Find Your Calling, a program for youth via Zoom.        It was an honour for me to be able to share my views on life with the younger generation. It was indeed heartening to see other speakers having the same aim of making a difference in the life of others. I wish I had gone through a similar program in my youth.     During the first session in the morning, I spoke on the topic, "When An Explosion Knocks You Down". I was grateful to have Hasan Al-Akraa, a Syrian refugee in Malaysia to share his story with us during the second half of the topic. Since young, he has gone through so much in life. His strength and determination in helping others are truly admirable. The link to his TEDX talk:  Bombs to Books       In the afternoon, it was a forum style of setting. I was invited to speak together with others from different fields. Youth were free to ask any relevant questions to us. Fr

The Asian Woman

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     Light shining on me from the light stand. My living room had never been so bright before.      It was hot, even the air-conditioner did not seem to reduce the heat.      It was on 18th December 2020 and I took leave from work for this interview. It was finally happening! The interview was canceled a few times before, due to restriction of movements during the Movement Control Order and Conditional Movement Control Order. The interviewers had obtained permission from the police to shoot the film.      I admit I was quite nervous as the experience was a first for me. However, Shelin and Quinn were good at what they do, capturing natural moments in front of the camera. There were times they reminded me to smile.       Thank you The Asian Woman for giving me this opportunity to speak up. Keep up the good work in giving a voice to the voiceless!      The video:- Website link: Rising From The Ashes

Challenging Self On Facebook Live

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           Cordelia and Joy invited me to share my story as a seven-day challenger attempting the challenge in Heartation. As a first-timer, I was quite nervous speaking on Facebook live. There wasn't any rehearsal either. The first time I spoke to Joy was a few minutes before the live feed.       The mindfulness and the sound challenge were indeed interesting. Having done meditation before, it was not too difficult for me to be more aware of my surroundings. Once in a while, I needed such a reminder to slow down and see things from a unique perspective. For the entire week, I would receive WhatsApp notifications of different tasks to be completed every day for the challenge.      So why did I decide to go on Facebook live? I felt it was time for me to challenge myself to do something out of my comfort zone.      Having done it, I realised there were areas I could improve upon to be a better speaker. For me to grow further, I needed to experience different things in life and to lea

Chinese New Year Reflection 2021

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     As Chinese New Year is fast approaching, I am reminded of the true meaning of Chinese New Year. It is not about the buying of new clothes, fireworks, and the gluttony of festive food. Instead, it is being together with our family.      Because of its once-a-year occasion, it is a good time to remind ourselves of family ties and relationships. With the Covid-19 still going on, let us not forget that Chinese New Year will still arrive every year, but a loved one, after he or she is gone, we will not see them anymore.      Therefore, for this Chinese New Year, concentrate on the positive and be thankful that we still have people around us who are still living and healthy. A reminder of not taking things for granted. Though we may not get together or meet up this year, remember our health and their health are more important at this point of time. Prioritising on what matters in the long run instead of what we would miss out during this Chinese New Year.      Happy Chinese New Year to

We Are All Going To Die

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          We are all going to die.      It was the second time the same person in the Whatsapp group I belonged to; sent such a message.      I could feel so much negativity in just one message.      The COVID-19 pandemic has been going on for about a year now and things do not seem to improve. People are getting more anxious. Every day, negative messages seem to flood under the chat column of my Whatsapp. There are days I skip reading the messages altogether.      We should not let fear get to us. Yes, the situation may seem critical. However, what are we doing about it? There is no use complaining and getting pessimistic over the problem without doing something. Our negative reaction will only give more power to external circumstances and influences. When we complain and whine every day, our emphasis will be on negativity and how powerless we are towards the situation. By continuously doing so, we are giving away our own power day by day. We are also influencing the mood and emotions

Chevening Writers Series

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             The first time I saw the poster, I asked myself whether I should apply. Writing fiction isn’t exactly what I do. Also, with the Covid-19 pandemic going around, is taking part in a workshop with others a good idea?  However, as I am writing my memoir, I thought it would be fun to apply and just see where it would take me. Besides, there are not many writing workshops in Penang which are fully sponsored for beginners. It might also be a good opportunity for me to meet up with other writers.   I submitted my one and only fiction. I wrote it in 2018 whilst I was bored staying at home. If I am not mistaken, I was still recovering from one of my surgeries at that time.  On the 5th October 2020, as I opened an email from Nutmag:- Thank you for your application to the Chevening Writers Series. I am delighted to confirm your place for the full series, Fiction Track.                      Yay! I made it! On the first day of attendance, I was happy that the Standard Operat