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276. Grab the rope.

You are not the circumstances you find yourself in; you are how you react within those circumstances. I had the above quote, written large and clear, on my work desk and placed right in front of me, throughout the past ten weeks. To say that I had to go through an very steep learning curve…

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275. Graduation – finally!

On the 8th of July 2014, I finally donned the graduation robe and mortarboard, and walked across the stage to collect my degree certificate. It’s been a long time coming. For those who know of my undergraduate journey, they will understand why this commencement ceremony took on a very special significance. It wasn’t an easy…

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274. You are not defined by your tragedy.

To you, the broken soul who might need this too: “Life will send tragedy hurtling into your orbit. It always does. And how you react to that tragedy, how you learn and shift and grow and the resilience you exhibit — all of these things are indicators of who you are. Your tragedy does not…

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272. Merci Beaucoup Mauritius

I am back in Singapore now, alhamdulillah, and right at the beginning of Ramadhan too. Full circle. Between the last entry and this one, I had every intention to blog regularly. There were much to share, lessons to process and beauty to spread, but alas, technology wasn’t on my side. Let’s just say Mauritian internet…

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271. Bonjour from Mauritius!

Salaam and hello from Mauritius! Alhamdulillah, everything has been going well and smooth over here in this beautiful island, and I cannot be ever more grateful. I’m sitting out on the balcony of my apartment, and the weather is cool. It’s winter now, and the weather is lovely. I wish I could share a picture…

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270. Chester – A walled city

I’m leaving for Mauritius in a few hours, but like all the past times I’ve travelled, sleep the night before is tricky. So here I am, bringing some form of closure to my short story in Chester. One of the most unusual landmarks in Chester is the city walls, with the walls encircling the bounds…