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For You, this 2021: A State of Calm

‘How fast can you get back to your breath?’ – my favorite yoga teacher would ask this as he ends an intense session, easing practitioners into a Savasana. When your heart rate is up and your muscles are tense, how easily can you go back to a state of calm?  We’ve all had different experiences […]

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December: Begin Again

As I write all these, I’m surprised by my positivity. Not all days are like this. There are (still) days I’m madly homesick, days that my heart feels like it’s ripped apart in pieces. There are (still) nights I can’t sleep, worrying about my family back home. At one point I told Paula that I’m […]

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November: Bright and Sunny Days

There are two things that are central to our life at home – the amazing food that is the outcome of Paula’s experiments, and my movement practice that is one of the things I look forward to everyday. In October, I decided to finish the year strong with Dylan Werner’s Total True Strength Training – […]

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October: A Heightened Awareness

Arriving in October is already a win in itself. We’ve all survived through so much. I tried to catch my breath a bit by having my first vacation of the year. Paula and I went on a staycation at W Hotel in Sentosa and Capitol Kempinski. This was my first pit stop from the endless […]

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September: ‘Till I Collapse

September had its own trials. My company went through layoffs. The anxiety in the air was palpable. Somehow I was calmer than I had expected, as if I pulled out an inner strength within me that was there all along just waiting to be used. There is this song by Eminem that I played on […]

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August: One Step At A Time

My challenge for the month is to run 100K by the end of August. Perhaps an easy task for long time runners, but for me, it’s quite a feat. I went through it the same way I went through the year – one step at a time. My body isn’t very familiar with constant long […]

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July: The Struggles We Choose

What pain do you want in your life? What are you willing to struggle for? – Mark Manson The days and hours looked almost exactly the same, enclosed in a small space that is our condo unit. Changing from work to relax mode just meant changing screens – from laptop to mobile phone to television. […]

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June: What We Have Is Time

About to cross the mid-year mark, I pondered through the months that have gone by, and the months to follow. On one hand, there are things that are beyond my control – the situation, my emotions. On the other hand, there are things that are within my control – my attitude, my actions. It’s difficult, […]

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May: Going Virtual

As everyone spent almost the entire day at home, we’ve started connecting more on social media. I did a 30-day headstand challenge on Instagram, and found buddies in the form of Raya and Kei. I wouldn’t be surprised if they have also found other buddies throughout all their other challenges in the year. Ripples create […]

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April: Staying Home

The much awaited Spartan race was cancelled, along with all other events across many parts of the globe. Our “own little space” has shrunk just a tiny bit further as Singapore has called for a circuit breaker, requiring everyone to stay home except for essentials.  At home, Paula accelerated her cooking spree (which I benefited […]