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Embrace the darkness

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If you follow my ramblings, this is not the first time I talk about the dark side. In fact, if you have not noticed already, I am addicted to the dark side. Simply because I am of the opinion that the dark side is misunderstood, and no one talks about it enough. There are too…

Connecting dots

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Wait to be discovered Wait for someone to ask me to write a column on the New York Times Wait for someone to invite me to consult on a programme Wait for some professor to find my thoughts exhilarating and offer to be my PhD supervisor Wait for someone important to think that my work is…

polar bears

polar bears
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So much shit, so much crap. Such cacophony. I wish they would stop honking. I wish the time would stop, so I could halt my brisk stride to stop and buy the clay rabbit on a stick made by a man with no fingers for my daughter, knowing that the eyes would fall off even…

friends who matter

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Today I am simply grateful: – for friends who tolerate me, for friends who forgive my blunders, for friends who confide in me, for friends who give me their spaces,

Authentic disdain

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The buzz word seems to be “authenticity” these days. Are you an authentic leader? Are you being authentic at work? Are you an authentic team player? What does “authentic” even mean?

My emotionally unavailable wrist

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One day at calligraphy class, Teacher said, “relax your wrist otherwise the brush cannot swirl through.” I looked up at him, in a perplexed lightning of understanding: “I do not know where my wrist is…” Well of course, I know where my wrist is. I just cannot feel it, nor know when it has tightened…

Closure

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I am not reluctant to connect with my past. Contrary, I analyse the sh!t out of everything that I paralyse myself from making changes. However, there is one caveat: it made me shiver to have to face anyone from the past. For a few years, I deleted everyone from Facebook, I had a panic attack…

self congratulations

self congratulations
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We all know I am a guru in self-flagellation, so let me see how well I do at self-congratulations. Perhaps a dark person like me can grudgingly admit that double rainbows sometimes appear in the skies, even in Beijing… Every project I look at what I could have done better. Every project I wonder if participants…

the fearful iceberg

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There are no shortage of blog posts and writings about fears, and how to over come fears. I am not sure there is a panacea to fear. In fact, fear protects us sometimes. A sense of fear triggers alarm bells in our survival instinct to preserve ourselves, to run from the situation or to fight…

the inadequacy test

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A year ago, I had the opportunity to find out some of my deepest, darkest secrets through my studies. I discovered that I felt inadequate all the time. A year later, I had the chance to do the same exercise again. The results was disconcerting – I was still struggling with the same challenge and feeling…

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 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.