Friendship-Mending Orecchiette

Boundaries. What a concept huh? For those of you who grew up in collectivist cultures as I did, lived with siblings, or in multi-generational homes (or even had roommates,) you know how important yet difficult it is to set personal boundaries with others. Not only can it be awkward and frustrating to set them without being […]

Dulce de Leche Brownies (Eggless)

I have discovered in the past couple of years that I have an egg allergy. Due to a dear friend’s advice, I omitted eggs from my diet after she relayed her sister’s story of skin sensitivity due to an intolerance of eggs to me. Willing to try anything in the quest for better skin, I […]

Procrastibaking: Drunken Banana Marble Cake

Today, I find myself in my second year of grad school and on the cusp of starting my big scary internship. This terrifies me – thoughts of “How did I get here?” and “I’m so not qualified for this!” have been running through my mind since school started back up in September. On top of all […]

Apple Berry Friendship Crumble

Have you ever had one of those friendships where you never really realized what the person was like until you spent a significant amount of time with them? All of a sudden, things become clearer – complaints about their personality and neediness/clinginess become all too apparent and you finally GET why others have ditched the […]

Discipline In The Classroom

Oh that awkward moment when you realize you have to discipline a child in front of their mother! What could be more delightful? …pulling teeth…stubbing your toe…food poisoning… As I am a volunteer English teacher to ESL students of different ages (mostly kids) – some who are mother/children, some who are siblings, and all of […]

Educators Of The World

…I salute you. Really though. Have you ever attempted to be a teacher? It doesn’t matter what the subject matter, it’s not an easy task no matter how you cut it. I’ve always known teaching to be one of the more challenging professions out there, but I never fully appreciated it until today. So to […]

Haters Gonna Hate

In Chinese, we have an expression – “xiao ren”; it’s the same in Malay – “orang kecil”. What this translates to is “small person”, referring to the negative people in one’s life who tend to be around just to cause trouble (i.e., Haters). We have all been there right? The bitchy coworker who is particularly […]

Perceptions of Gender

I read a brilliant article today on the idea of female “purity” and society’s perception thereof. I agree with many of the things the author, Lindy West, mentioned and was especially struck by her analysis of patriarchal ideologies behind judgements against women. The article mainly focused on her perspective of masculine placement of blame upon […]