Rise of the Superwoman : Can We Have it All?

As a child, I had plastic cookery sets complete with miniature frying pans, spatulas, sausages, eggs and the like. I enjoyed playing ‘masak-masak’ or cookery either by myself or with my female peers. In kindergarten I was known to have the best Polly Pocket sets. For those of you who didn’t grow up in the nineties, these were hand sized clam shell like homes that housed even tinier humans and pets about the size of a fingernail. I couldn’t quite fathom how they fit into pockets and came to the conclusion that perhaps American or European pockets were bigger than Asian ones. I favoured the colour pink and was told that it was Cinderella’s favourite colour. Till today Ariel from The Little Mermaid remains my favourite Disney Princess.

Polly-Pocket

Polly Pocket

I used to be a little bit of a tomboy in primary school, dashing straight from the drop off point to play basketball with the boys despite being dressed in the school uniform of a blouse and a pinafore. Continue reading

Happy Lunar New Year!

It’s that time of the year again, when families come together from far and wide to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year. When I was younger, it was a time of much excitement as we were given free reign to indulge in cookies and lollies and receive lucky red packets filled with money. The older I get, the more I cherish and appreciate this celebration as a time to reconnect with family and friends, some whom we only see once a year.

My parents were born and raised in the coastal city of Johor Bahru. As a child, I wistfully admired my friends who would join the ‘balik kampung’ (back to the village) exodus back to their hometowns. Continue reading