My Mother’s Daughter

I’ve had a revelation of sorts in recent months. I think I might actually like my mother now. Oh, love for sure. After all, that umbilical cord still ties mother and child together long after it’s been cut. Besides, familial love is inevitable. Obligatory even. But to like one’s mother is a little more challenging I … Continue reading

Little people

I think I have an uncanny ability to attract the wrong kind of company. The kind of company that screams and stamps its foot and incites you to consider all kinds of evil measures. I’m talking about children. (I could very well be a Miss Hannigan in the making, singing ‘Little Girls’ in my bathtub and … Continue reading

13 tips for a smudge-free manicure

I can’t count the number of times I’ve had the perfect manicure ruined by a careless turn or a negligent move. Sometimes, I am just resigned to the possibility that I may never once make it home without some mishap that will bring to naught the entire process of having secured a coveted appointment, set aside … Continue reading

Mean girls

When we were children, my sister and I hated each other most vehemently. We were two very different individuals (we still are, for that matter): she, a younger sibling (supposedly) struggling to step out of the elder one’s shadow and I, an arrogant fourteen-year old trying to keep an irritating sister from encroaching on my … Continue reading

Home alone

My husband is away on a business trip. (In case you were wondering, I trust him implicitly, naive as it may sound. Besides, he can’t possibly get into much trouble where he is right now!) As much as I miss him when he’s away, I also savour the me-time I get alone at home. (I suspect … Continue reading

Hair today, gone tomorrow!

Ever thought about the fact that a visit to the salon is fraught with many a pitfall? If I had a dollar for every grooming product I’ve ever been talked into buying in my life, I would be a rich woman indeed. (Well, I could treat myself to a fancy lunch at the very least!) Owing … Continue reading

What people want

Isn’t it ironical that the things you’ve chased after end up in your lap when you least expect (or even want) them? I guess it’s something about trying too hard. Trying to force a square peg and all. Sometimes, you just have to ease off, sit back and wait for it. And prepare yourself. Because … Continue reading

A day at the races

Last weekend I was at the races for some frock-filled fun and festivities. If you had asked me who the main contenders were or how many races were being run, I would have stared back at you dubiously (but radiant smile still firmly in place). On second thought, strike that because for the first time … Continue reading

The smell of nostalgia

It really is a miracle of the human physiology that the minute you get a whiff of a familiar smell, you can be instantly transported to some nostalgic moment of your life. It’s déjà vu of the olfactory kind. In a way, it’s also a God-given gift for us to relive the days of our … Continue reading

Bad Teacher

I never realized the extent of influence a teacher can have on a child until recently, when I happened to look back on my own childhood and long-forgotten hurts suddenly seemed to surface. Thankfully, I wasn’t abused or anything like that, so I don’t have any real scars to speak of. But I can’t help … Continue reading

Birthday blues

It’s that time of year again. A time for new beginnings. When I must be thankful for all the blessings of the past year, when I get long-forgotten limbs waxed and facials done, and when I try to clear out all the emotional clutter in my head. Yes, I know it’s not New Year’s Eve … Continue reading