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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…

How am I a leader now?

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When I was a manager in a bank, it was clear I led a team. I did their performance reviews, hired, signed off job descriptions, and reported to a counter-signing manager. I knew the ladder to climb. The structure was clear. As a Play Consultant now, what am I leading? When involved in all these…

when dreams do come true

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For Shanti, love always.   This blog started because of her. I started to write again because of her. I cooked and baked and threw dinner parties again because of her. She was one of the few who stood behind me in those trying times, who made me laugh and giggle again, urged me to…

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…

“Enjoy the Moment”

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If you expect this post to be one of those light-hearted, fluffy, encouraging, happy pickledy posts of how to enjoy the moment, then you will be disappointed. This phrase, “Enjoy the moment!” must be added to my list of pet peeves, or indeed one of the things to stop saying to me. I shared an…

Too young, too old

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I turn 36 years old in 5 months. I was told that I would not qualify for a particular academic programme because I was too old. I was told that I do not look like a consultant because I was too young. I was told I could not go run around in puddles because I…

SUPER ANNOYED!

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I talked about Lego’s Serious Play programme for a while, and for two years here, nobody cared. Suddenly, I get an invitation to attend a workshop to learn how it can help strategy discussions blah blah blah. I am SUPER ANNOYED. Why did no one listen to me then?   I am petrified to one…

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.