Failure: The Ups And Downs Of Life

Mar 14th, 2012 Yoga 1 min read

How many people in the world can say, “I’ve never tasted failure in my life — ever.” My guess would be 0.0000000000000001% of the world population can attest to this statement. That is to say, the other 99.0000000000000099% would understand what failure feels like. Truth be told, the feeling sucks. It leaves an extremely bitter aftertaste and sends shivers down one’s spine. No one loves…


Project 10WATERpumps

Mar 5th, 2012 Social Good 5 min read

Exactly a month ago, Su-An and I launched Project 10WATERpumps, a campaign using digital media to raise funds for clean and safe water, and draw awareness to this important global issue. We are campaigning to raise $5000 by World Water Day, on March 22, as part of UNICEF Canada’s Student Challenge initiative. What Are WATERpumps? Waterpumps are generally used to supply clean, safe and reliable…


Embracing Change and Going into the Wilderness

Feb 25th, 2012 Yoga 3 min read

‎Each one of us has a fire in our heart for something. It’s our goal in life to find it and keep it lit. – Mary Lou Retton Sometimes in the pursuit of finding our true self, we come to realize that certain parts of our lives would have to change. This single word “change” never fails to frighten me. It often requires an individual…


World Thinking Day 2012: We Can Save The Planet

Feb 22nd, 2012 Social Good 3 min read

February 22nd is a special day for everyone in the Guiding movement. Today, Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the globe celebrate World Thinking Day — a day on which we celebrate the worldwide sisterhood of the movement. We are also reminded of the unity and strength of the movement which allows us to drive change for social issues around the world. “We Can Save…


Aham Prema

Jan 21st, 2012 Yoga 2 min read

Aham Prema is Sanskrit for “I AM Divine Love”. “The mantra Aham Prema affirms one’s divine love energy within. A grand inner transformation is invoked, creating one’s highest essence of love. This emanation enhances all situations, everyday, creating a wonderful foundation for whatever one desires to manifest.” (source I chanced upon this mantra recently and was immediately drawn to the sound of it. It…


Developing Trust

Oct 21st, 2011 Yoga 1 min read

A new day brings new experiences. I opted to do a home practice for my fourth day of this yoga challenge, just to enjoy the serenity and solitude of practicing alone. As I settled into my cross-legged meditation pose, it took me sometime to settle my active mind. My brain was saying: “I’ve no teacher to guide me along today. Seriously. What lesson am I…


Being Alive

Oct 17th, 2011 Yoga 1 min read

Today’s intention was: To feel alive, and to be thankful for that feeling. Throughout my practice today, I tried to find meaning in this intention. What does it mean to feel alive? The core of our survival on Earth is the ability to breathe. The simple notion of taking in oxygen and exhaling it sends warmth and calmness throughout the body, inviting clarity into the…


Be Selfish, Don’t Fret

Oct 17th, 2011 Yoga 1 min read

I took a long hiatus from yoga earlier this year because I was bogged down with work and the ongoings of life. When I finally decided to step it up again and head down to the studio, it was one of the best things I ever did for myself. For the opening address of the class, the teacher shared a simple idea which resounded deep…


Be A Dreamer And Never Give Up On Yourself

Dec 15th, 2010 Yoga 3 min read

“Never stop dreaming because it’s dreams that will carry you far” One of my high school teachers back in Singapore passed on that quote to me during one of my lowest moments in life. I was sixteen and had just received news that I was declined a chance at attaining a prestigious leadership award. The exact words of rejection still ring clear in my head:…


Camping at Cheakamus Lake, Garibaldi Park — British Columbia

Jun 24th, 2010 Travel 6 min read

When you put 1 Boy Scout leader, 2 Girl Guides and 1 St. John’s Ambulance Officer together for a camping trip, you end up with nothing but days of random adventures and fun. To start our journey off, we drove through a rough terrain and reached this snow covered road. Unable to drive through the snow, we had to stop to figure out how to…