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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…

why should companies – or anyone of us – care about depression at all?

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I was around the age of 15, attending a girls’ high school in Hong Kong. I went to school as normal, but there was an eerie sense of gloom in the air. A few teachers looked like they had been crying all weekend. Finally, someone was brave enough to break the silence – a popular…

So what are these bears all about?

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In the last few days since the launch of the Bearapy online campaign for World Health Day, I have posted one bear a day on my social media platforms. Different people answered the question “What emotion is this bear feeling?” and thank you to everyone who reposted or commented. We got varied answers. For this…

Everything’s NOT okay – Bearapy Online Campaign for World Health Day

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Most of us post happy things on social media, such as “so honoured to eat this amazing pie” to infer how wonderful our lives are. Yet, for many, we could be suffering inside. We hide our real emotions – the disappointments, the frustrations, the sorrow for fear of how others would judge us. So we…

Crying in public

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About a month ago, I thought I was going to spiral into another episode. Was it anxiety? Depression? Or baby hormones? Who knows. What was bugging me? I am not sure — or I was sure, but unwilling to admit it. I lost motivation to get up in the morning. My body ached from head to…

difficult conversations for after-Women’s Day reflections

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A week has past since Women’s Day, and it seems the chatter has died down — some were about grander issues as rights and equality, and some were more sensationalized: Chinese retailers called it “Goddess Day” for discounts and sales. How many of these conversations or calls for actions were sustainable after a week? Or do…

letter to my daughter – and to myself

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Dearest Riviane, You are enough. Do not let anyone – especially me – ever doubt you. Live for yourself, and not to anyone’s expectations, not society’s, not your parents’, not your grandparents’, not your friends. There is no image you need to live up to. Seek help when you need; you do not have to…

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…

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.