My Taste Buds Miss Home

Since I started living away from my parents, I’ve taken to cooking many variations of curry, because it reminds me of home and the ingredients are readily available – the paste is easily…

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Positivity – A Good Thing ?

The Confidence Game… I have been doing a fair bit of self-reflection lately. As I am making a long trip to India, the break and the voyage is a good time to take a step back and take in all of life’s experiences this year. One of the things that has changed about me, after…

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All You Can Know

The world we live in is like a buffet with an “All You Can Eat” sign at the door. There is such an abundance of information available to us, giving us the privilege of choosing…

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My New Home (Part 2)

Notes from Silicon Valley We live in a deeply interconnected world. Thanks to the likes of Google, Facebook & Twitter, we now have easy access to information for all. These companies, and more broadly speaking, the Valley as we call it, is a place that is deeply admired (and at times envied). People everywhere wonder…

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Codeswitching

The timbre of my voice, whether I string my words together or chop them up with little breaks in between, the speed of which I convey something, and if the sentences come out in a single language or multiple ones – it all depends on who is on the receiving end of what I’m going to say…

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My New Home (Part 1)

The 3 Phases of a Cross-Continental Relocation On January 8, 2018, it will officially be 3 years since I moved to the San Francisco Bay Area from Singapore. Notice something unusual here? Yes! I’ve finally learned how to write my dates the American way ! You won’t believe that it took me more than 2…

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In the Water – The true treasure is somewhere in the water, you just need to find it.

Swimming is a sea turtle’s natural instinct. It is not that hard for me. The difficult part is feeling like there is nothing I can hold on to, and not knowing where the current will lead me…

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The Balance – If you ask me what is the secret to swim well, there is one word: balance.

I am a sea turtle, always have been, always will be. The wind comes, the waves crash and the rain pours. I am on the shore, facing a long path to the ocean. I do not know what is coming. This was how I felt when I realized I would be attending…

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Welcome to My Kaleidoscopic World

Hi, my name is Taina, and I am still trying to piece together my growing patchwork of an identity. I was born in Singapore and lived there until moving to Boston for college at age 19 – which was pretty much as far away from home as I could possibly be.

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The Shore – I am a Sea Turtle, Always have been, Always will be…

The wind comes, the waves crash and the rain pours. I am on the shore, facing a long path to the ocean. I do not know what is coming. This was how I felt when I realized I would be attending a boarding school after kindergarten.

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