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what’s behind your smile?

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Cliché as it might sound, this picture my friend drew speaks more than the million words I write. A generous gift he gave me, to support my work in BEARAPY, and to mark World Mental Health Day today. Similar to many, I used to put up this “professional” mask – and got reprimanded for when…

What’s next?

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What’s next when it is not clear where the next step is? Where will Bearapy go from here? What’s the 2018 strategy & AOP? What to do when it feels like every door I knock on is closed? I cannot even see the door – or window – anymore? Will Bearapy go AI as well?…

summer escapade – in my wardrobe

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Most people spend annual holidays during the summer somewhere exotic, preferably by the beach. I do not have this luxury at the moment, not least because of budget, but also because I do not fancy travelling with a crying 2-month old and a screaming 3-year old (okay I exaggerate, they are not that bad). Escapades…

Smartphones do not cause depression. We are our own culprits.

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Smart phones are crippling us. I agree. Depression and suicide rates are on the rise, especially teenaged girls. I agree. Social media highlights our loneliness. I agree. Compelling statistics in Jean Twenge’s article in The Atlantic, questioning whether smartphones have destroyed a generation. The detrimental link between the use of devices and our physical & mental…

Facing the world

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I have been hypocritical. I advocate being ourselves, being natural, being who we are, and yet, I have been hiding from the world all these years. My profile picture did not show my face. I did not even use my real name.

the luxury of lying on my back

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The best thing about being not pregnant anymore, is that I can lay flat on my back again to sleep. The second thing is that I do not have to lug around a fortress of pillows, whether on swivel chairs or on my bed. For the last 10 months, I have had to sleep on…

Missed connections

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My dreams recently bring me nostalgia. I see people from old days: ex-colleagues, romances, school mates. In my dreams, I was frequently on a boat or ferry, bombarded with people. I wake up feeling a sense of pity, not quite regret, but definitely wondering how many opportunities I had lost in building connections and relationships with…

throwing my old life away

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My old corporate life was packed in boxes, and stored in the balcony outside the kitchen. For 7 years they lurked there. A few weeks ago, finally I went through them all and threw them out. There were hundreds of business cards from offices all over the world. There were training material, my assessment reports,…

dreams are my reality

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there was a time when I adhered to guidance, and abandoned the subjects I wanted to study there was a time when I succumbed to practicalities, and took up law & politics instead of journalism there was a time when I gave up my aspirations in international criminal law for a salary in banking there…

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.