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Update: Post Chinese New Year

Technically, I didn't really get a 'break''s just the life of a freelancer, you know. But I DID get to catch up with family and friends, some of whom I only see once a year. This is something that I keep thinking about over and over again...we really SHOULD DO IT MORE OFTEN.

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#ChineseNewYear is here and it's a time to #gettogether with your #friends and #family for a #reunion. Here's wishing everyone a happy #cny2019 and may the year of the oink bring you lots of good health, wealth and #happiness. #gongxifacai, everyone! A post shared by Marsha Maung (@marshamaung) on Feb 4, 2019 at 5:47am PST
Although some shitty things happened, I am not going to think about it, anymore, if I can help it. It was a long time coming and I knew, somehow, one day it was going to happen. It smacks, of course, but I'd rather it not change my life. Some things, some people, and some situations are just the way they are. The faster we acce…
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Music: We Are Gonna Be Alright (Video)

It's been a long time coming but, it's time to let go. We're walking away but we're gonna be alright. It's going to hurt a little while longer but we're stronger than we think we are.

Don't look back. That's not where you're going.
Be Alright - Dean Lewis

I look up from the ground
To see your sad and teary eyes
You look away from me
And I see there's something you're trying to hide
And I reach for your hand but it's cold
You pull away again
And I wonder what's on your mind
And then you say to me you made a dumb mistake
You start to tremble and your voice begins to break
You say the cigarettes on the counter weren't your friend's
They were my mate's
And I feel the colour draining from my face

And my friend said
"I know you love her, but it's over, mate
It doesn't matter, put the phone away
It's never easy to walk away, let her go
It'll be alright"

[Verse 2]
So I still look back at all the…

Book: The Bride Wore Size 12 (Meh...)

I'll start off with saying that I have previously read none of the other books by Meg Cabot. Not this series, not any other. Her name just sounded familiar and I could've seen this book somewhere.

According to her Wikipedia page, Meg Cabot is a well-known paranormal and romantic fiction writer...for teens and adults. By the first chapter, I knew this wasn't written for me, a single mother of 2 hormone-ravaged teenage boys who was listening to a LIVE Youtube jazz music track for work, stress relief and studying.

THAT's the problem with hitting the bookstores in a rush. I ran in and out within 8 minutes flat, grabbing and paying for whatever book cover that appealed to me at first glance.

I guess I was hoping for more of a mystery and crime thriller (or at least a comedic one) because the synopsis promised as much. I peeled open the first pages with the hope of something along the lines of not-exactly John Grisham, but at least Janet Evanovich.

But it got a 3.89 rating o…

Update: Stop Hurtling Around, Relax and Think

I receive a lot of newsletters and updates both on my professional and personal email accounts. I don't mind receiving the emails at all but what really ticks me off is the fact that most "newsletters" are sell-sell-sell ones.

Buy this now or you'll regret it! You have 12 hours from now till this ONCE IN A LIFETIME DEAL disappears from the face of the earth!We're insane and we're giving this life-changing course for free. 


I hardly click on any one of them and unsubscribe as liberally as I subscribe, especially my personal email account. Even then, I often give people the benefit of the doubt by clicking just to see how many times they're selling me something versus how many times they're trying to add value to my life.

Starting from now, I am going to try to share some stuff that I've found on the internet that I think are worth looking at. Bear in mind, some of them are going to try to sell you something too, but at l…

Short: Are We Too Delicate? (Music)

Dear you,

Aren't we tired of being watched? Every move we make, every word we utter goes under the microscope. Every broken heart is your fault. Someone's anger is a result of your actions.

Well, sometimes, it doesn't have to be because the best thing you can do for yourself most of the time is to eff it.

Did the wind whisper in your ear today? Did your loved one call you to say thank you? Is someone important to you still breathing even if it's just for this moment? Is your car still working? Is that leak in your roof fixed? I hope your internet speed has improved. Did your toddler tell you that you're the best parent in the world? Did you take a nap and wake up next to your favorite stuffed animal? Are the flowers blooming in your garden? Has the snowstorm passed? Do you have a snowblower? Did you forget to bring sunscreen? Did you take your meds? Are you finally talking to your best friend?

Did you hear that thump of your heart? It's the most precious thing…

Food: Asian Noodle Nations

There's something about a warm bowl of brothy soup that warms not just my stomach, but also my heart. It reminds me of home, of home-cooked food. As cliche as it sounds, I miss home-cooked meals because they are often made with a dash of concern, a splash of worry, and a large dollop of love.

Unsurprisingly, most Asian countries have their own signature bowl of noodles. And it's unbelievable how our ancestors used to make them, toiling over the mixture, pushing, pulling, kneading, prodding, and sometimes (and I've honestly seen this on TV, I swear) squashing the sh*t out of the noodles with poles and wooden GodKnowsWhat apparatus. 
Those traditional methods, however, have no way of surviving the assault of modern machinery. Most noodles are squished out of a machine these days and, if I were to be honest, they're great too. I love noodles. XD
Even in this day and age, (bhan) pan mee comes in different shapes and sizes. They still offer thin or thick noodles, or (what w…

2018 : In a Blink of an Eye

Right now, there are a lot of people looking back at the things that have happened to them in 2018 and reminiscing about both good and bad times. I don't want to look back at 2018 negatively. Sure, a lot of things have changed but things WILL continue to change no matter where we are on the calendar. That's life.

I am thankful for the lessons. I wish (very fervently) that some things didn't happen but that would also mean not learning the lessons or going through the experiences.

I believe that when you fall and hit the ground, always remember from that moment on that the ground is a bitch. It's hard. So, learn to roll. Be Bruce Lee.

I also learned not to take people or life too seriously. People are people, that's it. We either respect each other's differences or we're going to have to move to another planet. And I choose this planet because I am not done yet. The last I checked, neither has Elon Musk nor Trump set up a Space Travel Agency so...there's…

Kdrama : Circle - Two Worlds Connected

It sure took me long enough to get to this drama. Life was such a whirlwind. Damn, I should have gotten to watching this much, much sooner! What an awesome break from the normal romcoms and melos this one turned out to be.

Don't let the poster above fool you, it's more complicated and darker than I thought. No one actually sat in the back of a truck eating watermelons. There are also very few fluffy scenes to be seen. Liars. 😉

The hour-long episodes were each neatly divided in half; 30 minutes focusing on the current (2017) and the other half on the future, 30 years later. While it was confusing from the get-go, after finding my bearings, it made me sit up a little taller every night as I cap my day off. I've seen sci-fis (the non-scary ones) but this kdrama was trying to stretch the story-telling boundaries. I am impressed.

I've always had my eyes on Yeo Jin Goo not because he's cute (well, he is; please refer to picture on left below - I meant cute as in really

Books: A Snippet From the Past

Back in the days, if we did not have a bookstore near home, we (, mostly) would often rely on book and album reviews in the dailies or magazines. Frankly, there's nothing sweeter-smelling than that of the polished wood shelves and fresh off the press prints of books and magazines.

I could sit in a library or store all day just browsing. Books cost a bomb.

We don't really have these reviews anymore, do we? Walking through the aisle of the bookstore, if I found something of interest, I pull out my phone and load Amazon for its book review section. A Google search will do the trick too.

The difference is that we don't know the people who are doing those online reviews. They may not have the same preference as you. For the book reviews in the dailies, we basically know the quirks of the reviewers over a period of reading their thoughts. One guy's into sci-fi while the other prefers medical science or technology.

I was one of those reviewers. The books I pored ove…

Motherhood: Prioritizing Yourself is Necessary

The Ho-Ho-Holiday Has Begun The holidays are upon us and with the exam-taking kids out in full force and hell-bent on freeing themselves from their parents' iron grip of power, this parent knows a whirlwind awaited. Thankfully, my kids are not the unruly pedigree of next-generation most parents fear (yet? - please pray for me), so, they are more likely to hang out in an internet cafe than in a bar. Please pray for me again? I have 2 boys and we all know what parenting boys can be like. Here's a general guide to parenting boys.

Mostly, my role during these outings was to finance everything they wanted to enjoy, ferry them around (friends included), and worry about obscure details of their trips ranging from the possibility of rain to potential volcanic eruptions.

It's the first time one of the friends made the suggestion of switching things up with a visit to a pet cafe so, I thought, well....why not? But since it was a weekday, not many four-legged friends of elfin statur…