What the stove can teach you about self-trust

Ever since we moved into our own apartment, I (Tay) have developed an unhealthy relationship with the electric stove. Every time we leave the house, I would experience a gnawing fear that I had left the stove on. It’s like an automatic trigger: Leave the house = Begin stove paranoia. “Did I use the stove earlier? Did I turn it off? Should I go back and check?” Most times, I’m lucky. I’d be standing outside the door that I’d just locked when the trigger happens. So all I needed to do was to reopen the door again and double, triple … Read More

The Polaris of our lives

Have you paid good $$$$ for the event tix, travel, accommodation, an amazing outfit and killer heels – but being an introvert (or any other reason), you end up standing in a corner, trying to camouflage into the walls… whilst envying all these other people because it seemed so easy for them – to say hi, introduce themselves, leave a glowing impression? Have you finally mustered all the courage, walked across the room to introduce yourself to someone, only to have them run away from you? We have. We’ve had people running away from us, leaving us standing there, in the middle of a room full … Read More

What exactly do they mean when they say, “own it”?

We all know that dreaded feeling. The ugh in the pit of your stomach when someone asks, “So, what do you do?” at a party, meetup, or networking lunch. It is NOT our favorite question. (Although we’ve been guilty of asking a similarly annoying one like “What’s your dream?” to thousands of people around the world. And yes, we get the irony.) At the beginning, when we were still on our RTW bike journey, it was the incredulity and/or sarcasm that followed that really got to us. “You’re what…??! That’s too incredible! Tell us the truth now c’mon!” “Well good … Read More

That ONE thing that terrorizes so many

I (Val) had sat down to write to you about why multipassionates and multipotentialites like us exist (from a “spiritual” viewpoint, that is). But as I stared at the blinking cursor in front of me, all I could think of was the moment when I was in the hospital when I was 14. I’d passed out at the school’s annual cross country run and was hospitalized. After days of blood tests, MRIs, X-rays, and all sorts of machines hooked on and off me, the doctor was finally ready with his diagnosis. “Your daughter has thalassemia, an incurable blood disorder that’s … Read More

People don’t talk about this because it just seems so wrong

I (Tay) have always remembered that night. I’d flown halfway across the globe from Singapore to New York City to collect my first international Gold Award for Best Direction in Documentary. That was exactly what I said to the TSA officer at JFK Airport, when asked why I was in NYC. “I’m here to collect my Gold award for Best Direction from the New York TV Festival in Tribeca.” I said, proudly showed him the invitation. As I prepared myself for the red carpet and award ceremony, I felt like I was checking off a list of signs that “I’ve … Read More