Under pressure

“Under pressure…..pushing down on me…..” This song by the iconic David Bowie has been ringing in my head for the past few weeks. I am a definite non-fan of pressure. Anyone who has come into contact with me will verify my hate of it. My feelings of resentment start to surface when someone puts me…

Compassion is a rose

Like a budding rose, compassion has yet to grow, but is there. It has a lot of potential.  Trilinea 1 Budding rose The petals wrapped around lost souls Young bloom so warm.  Trilinea 2  Petals yet shut The rose shows the world the beauty Of gentleness.  Triliinea 3 The petals open Each touching souls with tenderness…

The Drum

Life pulses. Its rhythmic beat is constant and dynamic.   The beat varies from one individual to another. We sometimes move along to the beats of others, though we have our own.    Dancing to another person’s tune is necessary when the time is right. That said, we must remember to move to our own…

New Beginnings

Another year has come, with new beginnings. It is an opportunity to make fresh starts, but also brings challenging changes. Changes and overhauls, whether in career or relationships, are awkward. Shifts in family circumstances and job situations can leave you in a tailspin, These new beginnings thrill you. A new year brings new starts and…

Music Theory: A Comprehensive Workbook – A Review

Finally, an accessible theory compilation that will introduce music to the world. ?A prolific instrumentalist and vocalist, Joycelyn Chng aims to pass her passion on to other music lovers. The dedicated music teacher, with a Master in Music Education from Boston University and a BA (Dip Ed), has composed a theory workbook entitled “Music Theory:…

Memories are made of this

A new year begins. Memories, many of them pleasant, pack the 2015 that has just passed. 2015 was a year of change. It was a year of adjustment. Grandma had to get used to having less mobility, and navigating roads in a wheelchair. Getting used to becoming s primary caregiver of sorts, without much support,…

Yuletide Hopes

    Everyone has been privy to the “Christmas is a season of hope and love” description, and it can seem cliche.  There are the usual church and party-going obligations, which put some eustress on the season. Then, frantic races to wrap presents and get all-important party favors ready. In the midst of all this, there are…

Who is Toto Chan?

Those of you who are not familiar with this read yet must wonder who Toto Chan is. She is, by no means, a fictional character. The circumstances surrounding here were no less real. Educationists expelled this little Japanese girl from the mainstream Japanese school she went to and channeled her to Tomoe Gauken, a less…

For Space

Space. Not the final frontier, and certainly a commodity we cannot do without. Being limited in Singapore, her people cherish it. This is not just viz the physical. Personal, emotional and mental space are also precious gems. Most Singaporeans live in small, albeit functional apartments. It is not surprising that many hanker after this rare gem.…