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Ipanema – the art of being

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This post is part of my travelling series – posts inspired whilst in that location, brought about by photos I took…  On the shore of Ipanema, around Post 8 Prefecture, we set down our umbrella and beach chair. We marked our territory with the massive beach towels, and I took out Shinie, Proudie and Lurkie to…

My thesis

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My Executive MA thesis was finally completed and submitted last week. I still feel mentally exhausted and limp. I could not even be bothered to comb my hair. But I had fun writing and research it. It’s titled “Desktop playground: Transitional objects at play for everyday creativity in the workplace.” I interviewed executives about how…

I put my daughter in the bin

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A few tepid evenings ago, I was working at my desk whilst my 6-month-old baby played nearby by herself – and with a few of the outcast bears in my Bear Room. I scribbled something on draft paper, decided it was crappy, scringed it up, and threw it with a near-miss parabola into the bin next…

10 years anniversary of the fish face

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I recently had another session for my organizational psychology course. Usually we go out for class dinners or group dinners to debrief the day after a full day’s lecture. Those who stay on campus residence tend to linger around at the bar after the class dinner for a drink. I have never joined the drinks:…

the un-romantic-ness of Paris

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Paris holds a certain mystical romance for most people – the Eiffel Tower in its splendour or walks along the Seine River somehow strikes a chord with most people. For a lot of us, visiting Paris is a dream come true. For me, studying, living and working there was my worst nightmare (well, perhaps second…

Bear Room – Coming Home

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This post is part of the Travel Series – reflections and muses based on the cities I have lived in or travelled to. If you are looking for recommendations on food, things to do and the wows of a city, please go to other travel blogs. As inspiring as every trip may be, warped with sights and…

Hong Kong: Stifled

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This post is part of the Travel Series – reflections and muses based on the cities I have lived in or travelled to. If you are looking for recommendations on food, things to do and the wows of a city, please go to other travel blogs. It is a pity one lands in the grand veneer of…

Yunan – who are we to judge?

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This post is part of the Travel Series – reflections and muses based on the cities I have lived in or travelled to. If you are looking for recommendations on food, things to do and the wows of a city, please go to other travel blogs. A few years ago I went travelling to Southern China with…

shanghai – show some compassion!

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This post is part of the Travel Series – reflections and muses based on the cities I have lived in or travelled to. If you are looking for recommendations on food, things to do and the wows of a city, please go to other travel blogs. I used to go to Shanghai regularly for business. I never…

Beijing – who decides the normative?

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This post is part of the Travel Series – reflections and muses based on the cities I have lived in or travelled to. If you are looking for recommendations on food, things to do and the wows of a city, please go to other travel blogs. I have been living in Beijing since June 2009.…

about Noch Noch

Enoch Li, (pen name: Noch Noch) is born and raised in Hong Kong and Australia. She has also studied / worked / lived in the US, France, UK, Japan, The Netherlands, China, and has travelled to more than 40 countries. She loves travelling and her curiosity in foreign cultures and languages has led her to enjoy her life as an international executive in the banking & finance industry. However, she was forced to take time off work in 2010 due to her illnesses and after spending time in recovery, cooking, practising Chinese calligraphy, reading and writing – in short, learning to take care of herself and letting out the residual work stress, she has transitioned into a Play Consultant for corporates interested in creative change management and employee well-being using the psychology of playfulness.