• Humor, living, Parenting

    F**k

    Is it ever appropriate to use the f-word? Why are our youngsters so keen on messing with language. How, as adults, can we guide them to a thoughtful use of words and encourage them to widen their vocabulary?…

  • Humor, living, Reader's favorites

    20 things I know for sure

    Back on the Blog! I’m back in Hong Kong after two months of family travel. The four of us went to California, Alaska, Corsica and Berlin together, learned a lot and returned as a better team. I missed my blog, which has become my personal digital real estate, my laboratory, the space I come to when I try to make sense of things. Here are 20 things I know are true after a summer of non-stop family travel: Privacy is…

  • Family Gathering
    living

    Ten great all-generation family gathering dinner topics

    Holidays and your family gathering: Awesome when you’re planning them. However, during a long summer it can be challenging to get everyone at the table engaged. We added the questions below to our rainy-day-8th-meal-in-a-row repertoire whilst traveling Alaska with husband, kids and in-laws, and tested some of those topics, one at a time. Here are some questions you can ask parents, kids, siblings and extended family members when a family gathering needs some fresh energy and alcohol alone isn’t working.…

  • living

    The Happy-at-Home Habit

    It's easy to get consumed by the different tasks that come up for family CEOs every day. When under pressure, I go for one simple habit. Well, I try...…

  • Parenting

    The Sleepover

    Sleepovers are the perfect formula for meeting no body's needs. We may have romantic ideas ranging from pillow fights to sharing a movie with popcorn in pyjamas. But with the advent of personal devices, sleepovers turn into something very different.…

  • Parenting

    Mother’s Day

    I took this photo of my mom on her death-bed, a hospice-nurse next to her holding my then 4-month old daughter, in Summer 2005. We had been spending every day together for about three months when the photo was taken, till she died of cancer on August 22nd that same year. My mother’s cancer had progressed over a number of years, and she fought it with spirit. I was fortunate enough to be able to interrupt my working life, and…

  • Hong Kong, living, living abroad, Parenting, Reader's favorites

    Find a mentor, be a mentor. It matters. Here’s why!

    September 13th, 2015: I just started a new FB group called Hong Kong Expat Mentoring Group – if you feel inclined to mentor or being mentored, develop your mentoring expertise or want to talk about adult education, make the web a better place and join the FB Hong Kong Expat Mentoring Group. Find a mentor, be a mentor. In matters. What do you do when you need more than a good friend but less than a therapist? When you need…

  • living, living abroad, Parenting

    The Importance of Reflection

    Without Self-Study and Awareness, our work and life will only be a fraction of what it could be. It is the honesty that comes with observation and the study of what it is to be human that makes us strong, real and influential where our influence is needed. This truth has never failed me.…

  • over 50s fashion
    fashion

    How to dress us: a plea to the master!

    When we personally grow and mature as mothers, women, partners, professionals and gorgeous all-rounders our needs for stylish, wearable fashion changes: we want wearables that make us looks and feel great and work as hard for us as we do for others. We want to be more visible as women, as demographics and as a consumer group that is prepared to spend money on quality.…