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Tell someone you are depressed, and you will get a myriad of responses and opinions.

Tell someone you are pregnant, and you will get a hill of unsolicited suggestions on what to eat / not eat, what to do / not do, and how to feel / not to feel.

Tell someone you have a newborn baby, and there will be a tsunami of advice, from friends, parents, grandparents, relatives, ...

Not good enough!

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What fuels my fear of not being good enough?

As some of you are aware, I have been developing Bearapy – bear therapy to help those with depression and anxiety issues. This is a project I have been working on in Beijing, and the first step was to start a Support Group for those who have gone through depression, and for those stressed out and needed a safe haven to ve...

On Writing

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After 6 weeks of hiatus, I am back. I do not know where the last 6 weeks went. I had no energy. I was tired. I could not sleep well. I had no motivation. At least I cooked and ate.

 

I have also been pondering the purpose of my writing. I read everybody’s comments in my last post. Many of them were encouraging, and helped me regain perspective. I am touched t...

Mid Blog Crisis

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I am lost. Very lost.

These days I do not know why I write anymore. Is it a continuation of my therapy, so I may become more self-aware and channel my anger into energy instead of tantrums and violent destruction of vases and cups in the home? Or am I writing to please? Or to write something meaningful so someone might read my blog?...

The Pooping Donut

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I was eating a raspberry jam donut a few days ago. After taking a huge bite and putting it back down on the plate, I noticed that jam was leaking from the other side of the donut. I was in hysterics – by myself at the table. I found it wildly amusing. I took a photo of the donut and put it up on Instagram, sent it to a few friends on WhatsApp, and shared it with my friends o...

Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony and Canto Pop

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This post is dedicated to one of my readers, P., — thank you for the suggestion!

I started playing the piano when I was 7 years old. Bang bang bang…. When I streamed back into the HK education system after a few years running wild in Australia with my family, I had to learn the piano properly, taking examinations and theories.

I learnt to play Beethoven...

Yoyogi Park – the fragility of my being

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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.

My departure was set from Tokyo was set for early June in 2009. For one last time that spring, I savored the chance for hanami, not knowing that all would change from then onwards.

Hana meant “flowers”, and mi meant “to look” in Japanes...

Butterflies

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Butterflies petrify me. Such beautiful creatures, so harmless, so delicate, so gentle – their unobtrusive presences anywhere within a radius of 1 meter is sufficient to make me freeze on the spot. When on my own, I would squeal. When others are around, I try to suppress the scream, and walk away calmly. I am in such fear of them that my psychologist decided I n...

I hate waiting

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I loathe waiting. I do not like to wait at the traffic lights, I do not like waiting for responses, I do not like to wait in line, I do not like waiting for my instant noodles to cook… I hate waiting.

I have been overwhelmingly frustrated in the past year. It has been a year of waiting for other people to reply or take action....

about Noch Noch

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. Noch Noch loves travelling and her curiosity in foreign cultures and languages has led her to enjoy her life as an international executive for the last 7 years in the banking & finance industry. However, she was forced to take time off work in 2011 due to her illnesses and now spends her 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.