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Do We Need To Be Known To Be Seen?

Jun 22nd, 2013 Travel, Yoga 3 min read

“Haze puts Singapore on map, millions surprised to find it there” – Business Times Singapore This article amused me, to know how some in the world view Singapore. However, it was the comments in this forum that cracked me up. As I was preparing lunch, a thought came to me. It has been six years since I left Singapore for Canada. People have always been…

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Being a Mindful Cyclist In An Urban City

Jun 6th, 2013 Travel, Yoga 4 min read

I rode my bicycle to attend Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong‘s talk on Meditation and Modern Buddhism yesterday, and parked it on the sidewalk. The main idea Gen-la had for us was: Take control of your mind, and she left us with the parting message to think about how others are important and their happiness matters. As I walked out of the centre, charged with energy to…

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Rainbows, Storms, and Sunshine.

May 30th, 2013 Social Good, Yoga 3 min read

The title to this post probably doesn’t make any sense. But let me explain. I woke up today to a horrible email from my bank: I went over my credit card budget this month which doesn’t help my depleting bank account. Needless to say, I was bummed out and completely uninspired. Frustrated, I picked up my spatula and whisk, and baked away in the kitchen….

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Idolatry, Yoga and Life (Part 2)

Apr 3rd, 2013 Yoga 4 min read

Since my last post on “Idolatry, Yoga and Life (Part 1)“, I felt there was much more to that topic that I didn’t address. Hence, I’m writing a second part to it. When a new yoga student walks into a class and does his/her first practice, a certain kind of connection might emerge. Perhaps it was the teacher or practice itself, but this new student…

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Frustration — A Deadly Enemy

Feb 25th, 2013 Yoga 2 min read

February has been an incredibly stressful month for me — an awesome beginning for 2013. Problems of the past resurfaced, and I was forced to juggle those issues together with my emotional and mental well-being. In my constant struggle to regain balance and full control of my life, I met one of my deadly enemies — Frustration. Frustration didn’t lead me to anywhere good, but…

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Ad Astra Per Aspera

Dec 12th, 2012 Travel, Yoga 4 min read

Recently, I received the gift of a lifetime — A star named after me, which came into life on October 14, 1986. When I showed it to my friends, many were bewildered. Do I seriously think that I’m Mandy Moore from “A Walk to Remember”? Or have I gone delusional after all these years? Well, maybe I like to think that I’m Mandy Moore because…

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Why Did I Turn To The Green Side?

Dec 4th, 2012 Vegetarianism, Yoga 3 min read

I am a Vegetarian, sort of. Society loves labels, and because I eat fish now and then, I’m rightfully a Pescatarian. Are you starting to judge me now? Four years ago, I decided to try something new, from ballet to pilates to yoga. After weighing out the cost and time commitment needed, yoga topped the scale in all aspects — and I was on my…