I often ask people, if you were a fruit, what would you be?

In a previous (actually rather long ago now…) post, I said I’d be a grape.

Soft on the outside, but my core is tiny yet tough, almost unbreakable.

Pineapples on the other hand, are rough on the outside, sweet on the inside.

They stand tall and wear a beautiful crown.

This post is dedicated to my daughter, who has a fondness for pineapples.

In spite of it all… Stand tall!

Some days, you just have to choose.

Choose to stand tall.

Choose to smile.

And while you’re at it, sit tall as well.

You will feel instantly better in spite of it all!

(You can see the “concept” drawing of this post on my YouTube Channel at Stand Tall.)

Not So Little Things…(with a longish story attached)

Last week I was thankful for tiny little things like jalapeƱos.

This week I’d like to appreciate my washing machine.

Not just for washing my clothes, but for reminding me to “do all things with love”.

There’s a story behind this.

There was a time when I was one miserable human being who felt that she had no purpose in life.

I was always tired and had very little motivation to do anything at all.

And like a lot of lost souls, I tried to find solace in whatever was available.

Books, books and more books.

Then I became desperate, realising that I was not getting any answers out of books.

One day a friend suggested that I go and check out a “Wellness Centre” that had everything from yoga, tarot cards to spiritual healing. I was willing to give anything a try, even Ouja Boards if they had some. Problem was, I didn’t have any spare cash to spend on something I considered “frivoulous”.

I went anyway. There were different people who had set up different stalls and corners offering art therapy and various types of readings. I kept a distance, close enough to be nosey and far enough that I did not make eye contact with anyone.


The voice and tone sounded so warm and familiar that it made me stop and turn around.

It was an older lady behind a table covered with dozens of small vials of what I could only describe as coloured liquid. The moment I turned around she handed me a small basket and said, “Pick three!”

“I can’t afford this.”

“It’s OK, you need this. It’s free.” 

My logical mind was convinced that this sweet older lady with a German accent wanted to swindle me, but my emotional mind was so sad and desperate that when she said “you need this” I agreed wholeheartedly.

I don’t remember what bottles I chose and what their meanings were, but I just remember the lady telling me that I had one purpose here on earth – to learn to love. 

It scared me that she told me something that I had been struggling to figure out, but my logical mind of course wanted to challenge that.

“And how do I that?”

“Simple. Do all things with love. For example, when you do the laundry, do it with love. Fold your child’s clothes with love and appreciate how lovely it is to have a small child and to be able to give her clean clothes to wear.”

“I appreciate having a washing machine too, I don’t need to wash everything by hand.”

“Exactly! Just do this, and watch how everything changes. Your happiness will come when you learn to love.”

I went home that day and did what she suggested. It was not an instant fix. I am still learning to “do all things with love” and there are days when I have doubts, but I know that happiness is no longer elusive and my happiest moments are always the ones when I am doing things with love.

And that is why, I appreciate my washing machine. 

P.S. I never got a chance to thank this older lady for what she has given me. A chance and a way to find happiness. So every chance I have to share this with someone who’d listen, I see it as a way to pay her back for all the happiness that has come my way.

Thank you.

Frogs and Chickens

According to the internet, Salma Hayek once said, “I keep waiting to meeting a man who has more balls than I do.”

This doodle was inspired by her quote, as well as past and recent events, involving cowardly men.


Yoga – Day 86 – October 7, 2014

To regain balance in my life, I have decided to try yoga.
I really enjoyed it tonight.
And I am ready for more!

The yoga teacher Melanie asked us to think of one thing that makes us fabulous and wonderful.
“What makes you YOU?”

In my slightly awkward and wobbly warrior pose, I thought about my kindness.
And I thought about how I need to be kind to myself too.

Thank you for a lovely evening.
I am glad I went.


Thinking of You – Day 91 – October 2, 2014

My niece (whom I talk about a lot, I know) just recently started primary school in Taiwan.

This doodle is for her.
To remind her that each day, we courageously embark on a new journey.
Some of us go to school.
Some of us go to work.
Some of us go far.
Some of us have to trudge in the same place for a while till things work out.

It’s never easy for anyone.
So be courageous, be kind and know that you are not alone when you feel weak, vulnerable or weepy.
We have all been there.

So hold your head up. Smile. Walk in like you own the world.


I sleep sweeter

It’s not important whether I understand or not.
What’s important is that you told me.

My world is lovelier with you in it.
I sleep sweeter knowing you are in my world.

Good night my sweet.


Day 275 – March 6, 2013

Life is never dull.
Life is always filled with drama.

Well, at least my life feels this way!
Yet, the things that I am grateful for makes me smile and go on.

I am thankful for…

1. Courage – to stop what is not good for me.

2. Strength – to soldier on.

3. Wisdom – to know which battles are worth fighting for.

4. Humour – to find hilarity in the toughest situations.

5. Friendship – to know that your love for me is free from judgement.

6. Family – to be there for me, with no questions asked.

7. Calmness – to look at the storm and not be bothered.

8. Quietude – to find peace in the noise.

9. Discipline – to not let outer calamity spoil my inner tranquility.

10. Love – to know that love can conquer all.


Day 132 – October 10, 2012

1. I am thankful for a nice sleep in.

2. I am grateful for home cooked bagels with yummy fillings!

3. I am thankful for a very pleasant day with excellent weather.

4. I am grateful for the visit to Cath, a lovely homeopath.

5. I am thankful for the patterns and messages that keep coming my way.

6. I am grateful for the opportunity to enjoy a beautiful concert in a lovely venue (St. Andrew’s Church in New Plymouth) with amazing Kiwi talent – Boh Runga, Anika Moa and Hollie Smith.

7. I am thankful that my daughter enjoyed it so much, it made me doubly happy.

8. I am grateful for how caring my daughter is.

9. I am thankful for all the early birthday wishes already!

10. I am thankful for the courage to face life with love and not fear.