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Event planner. Traveller and culture explorer. Writer embodying Gustave Flaubert’s mindset to “write of ordinary life as if one were writing history.”

Here’s how you can get started on your freelancing journey

A couple of years ago, I decided to start thinking seriously about freelancing. I had a full-time job, but I’d been accepting some editing/copywriting jobs on the side to help out friends. I hadn’t thought about making it a career until I got the sense that I would be resigning soon (which is exactly what happened). That was in 2018. A year later, I resigned and I’ve been doing freelance in events — both virtual and in-person (at least when lockdowns and social distancing did not yet exist) — as well as some content writing, proofreading, editing, and the like.


Maybe I’ll have the courage to reach out one day

Dear Person,

I dreamt about you again last night. In it, you and I were more than acquaintances. We shared a solid relationship, one built on the foundations of trust, understanding, and the knowledge that we could lean on each other in this journey through life.

This was not the first dream I’ve had of you and — if I dare wager my sentiments based on how extraordinarily my thoughts seem to hover around you when I least expect it — this will not be the last. …


Don’t refuse to give me a chance without checking my work first

I’ll be completely honest with you: looking for freelance writing is hard when you don’t come from one of the “top countries”. And by “top” countries, that means the US, Canada, or the UK or any other country where a majority of the people speak English.

Every time I have to fill out an application form, I am brought up short by that phrase, that string of words, dashing my hopes again to the ground: only open to US, Canada, or UK citizens who have mastery of American English or British English.

One of my biggest frustrations as a writer…


This includes using your time wisely

Do you ever feel like there’s just so much to do or in your own life there’s just too much going on? We often start with a long list of resolutions when the new year rolls around that we often let go of by the end of the first quarter or halfway through the year.

With more than eight years as an event planner, I’m no stranger to organizing activities for the year, and not just events, but goals and priorities as well as finances and the like. …


Pinch, pinch, pinch, just like Auntie Eleanor tells you to

One of my favorite scenes from the movie Crazy Rich Asians is when Nick’s family shows Rachel how to make dumplings. It’s a beautiful tradition of the women of the family passing on the legacy of making dumplings.

I didn’t have that when I grew up, but now with a little niece, I want to make that part of our family tradition, even if she is only 1/4 Chinese. I want to teach her about that part of her history and her culture, even in simple things such as making dumplings.

Ingredients:

For the dumplings: 1 pack of round dumpling wrappers…


Find your true love within the pages of literature

Who says love is lost in the time of lockdowns and social distancing? If you don’t feel like going to crowded restaurants and coffee shops or you’re not seeing anyone this Valentine’s Day, why not curl up in bed with a lovely book and a cosy blanket and have a date with someone who is just as charming and endearing as you imagine your special someone to be?

Here are some of the best literary gentlemen you might want to go on a date with (listed in no particular order) and what’s so swoon-worthy about them (also, I can guarantee…


I wanted to be the heroines I’d read about

I started reading when I was three years old. They were called Bob Books — little booklets with simple words like cat, sat, and mat that got harder as your reading level increased. When I was done with that, I started reading picture books and little novels. We listened to radio drama versions of The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett and Railway Children by E. Nesbit. We tried to read C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, but I was only 5 years old then and thought it was real, so we stopped. …


I wish I’d told you how I feel

Dear friend I bumped into at the mall…I wish I’d known the right questions to ask. That way, we’d have moved beyond the small talk instead of having that awkwardness hanging between us.

Dear person I randomly met during one event…I wish I had the courage then to ask you your name. That way, I wouldn’t have to spend my life guessing these what-ifs.

Dear person who played an important role in my life…I wish I’d told you how much it hurt when you left without so much as a word or an explanation. …


How The Lord of the Rings delivers a message of comfort, courage, and hope

When they announced the gravity of the COVID-19 pandemic and each country started implementing its own form of quarantine and lockdown rules, there was a pause of uncertainty and unreality, and then people scrambled to do what would help them cope best.

Some binge-watched shows. Others dabbled into hobbies they’d always longed to do, such as cooking, baking, doing woodwork, and the like. Others saw this as an opportunity to do the things they’d always longed to do (I also did this).

I did the one thing that was therapeutic for me: I picked up J.R.R. …


Some things must come to an end

If you’re like me, you like keeping the people you love close by, knowing that you can return to them anytime, because they are burned to a place in your memory, sometimes a literal place, sometimes a thought or an idea, sometimes a feeling. If you’re like me, you love with fists closed, afraid to lose, afraid to let go.

You and I, we hold tightly—sometimes too much—to ideals, to memories that have shone some light into the empty spaces of our hearts, to the comfort and the assurance that there is a stable ground under our feet and that…

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