Cousin-Brothers, Ah Meng and Ah Chew: A Little Tale About the Chinese Diaspora

London - Chinese dancing girlsI am writing this in England, squatting at my cousin’s cozy apartment and I can’t help but think how lucky I am to have found him late in my life.  Virtually fatherless when born in Sungai Patani, Ah Meng (or Alan) is the son of my father’s youngest sister. We call her ku chai, meaning “aunty little” (she was shorter than I and that is short if you happen to be in Australia living amongst giants!). Continue reading “Cousin-Brothers, Ah Meng and Ah Chew: A Little Tale About the Chinese Diaspora”

Your Plastic Brain: Has Your Brain Stretched to Accelerate Your Learning

Hands holding a brainTwenty years had passed since the publication of my groundbreaking work Mind, Body Power: The Self Help Book on Accelerated Learning. The year was 1989. More recently, I discovered Norman Doige’s book The Brain Changes Itself. I devoured it. I savoured it. Doige’s book adds to my knowledge regarding Accelerated Learning, a methodological approach which had shaped my learning and life for the past 30 years. Continue reading “Your Plastic Brain: Has Your Brain Stretched to Accelerate Your Learning”

Three Chinese Cities and I will be home for Christmas

SingaporeFlying into Singapore I feel like I have reached an oasis.  It is a haven created by Lee Kuan Yew for those who are suffering from travel fatigue picked up from other cities! Strolling through the clean streets of Singapore, and hearing voices speaking in the Chinese dialects of Hokkien and Mandarin, I thought I was almost home. Continue reading “Three Chinese Cities and I will be home for Christmas”