Gold digger

SBS asked if I could write something about the gold rush. Here’s something I cobbled together. * Until recently, all I knew about my great-grandfather was that he had come to Australia as a young man to find gold. Now that I’m older, I’ve become more curious about him – and I’m glad I have. […]

On cemeteries

An article I wrote for SBS about visiting the cemetery. Something to cheer us up! 😉 When I was a child, while other families would go bike riding or to the beach at the weekend, mine would have a trip to the cemetery. To me, it was better than going to the shops, and there […]

The joys of eating alone

I like eating alone. Here’s something I wrote for SBS. People gush about the benefits of families eating together – it’s a ritual that apparently strengthens families, boosts a child’s vocabulary and combats obesity and juvenile delinquency.[1] [2] We only have to look at the movies to know that family mealtimes are a big, life-affirming […]

On noses

Here’s something I wrote for SBS on my big fat Chinese nose. *** My nose is a big, fat, flat Chinese nose. I never really gave it much thought as a pre-schooler. It worked perfectly well – it sniffed things, wrinkled in disgust, sneezed and performed other critical nasal functions such as facilitating breathing. I […]

On bloomers and wardrobe malfunctions

Hi there, how are you? Here’s an opinion piece I wrote for The Age/Daily Life. Netball Australia’s recent finding that the traditional figure-hugging short netball dress was turning people away from the sport and may even be phased out strikes me as highly appropriate. That’s because the dress, along with other items of sporting apparel […]

40 shades of grey

Hello. I’ve just turned 40 and thought it would be appropriate to write about grey hair. Here’s something I wrote for SBS. *** I was round Mother’s for a family dinner with various aunts, cousins and nephews. Ah, home sweet home, the one place you can be yourself and let your hair –  “Oh!” Mother […]

The pathetic mewl of the tiger cub

Hello! Here’s something I wrote for SBS  on being a failed tiger cub. 🐅 I’m a failed tiger cub.  I was the kind of child that would have given infamous Tiger Mom, Amy Chua, heart palpitations. Most of us are familiar with the Tiger Mother’s rigorous parenting style, where academic and musical achievement is forced on […]

Homework

Hello, many of you are now working from home.  Here’s something I wrote for SBS on the matter. Stay safe people! * How to work from home, by a WFH veteran As the dreaded coronavirus closes workplaces across the globe, many of us find ourselves working from the ‘home office’. Piece of cake, I hear […]

Family in the time of Covid-19

Hello there. Goodness, aren’t these strange times. Here’s something I wrote for SBS on managing Covid-19 and families.  * Can Dad come to visit us? Suddenly, with coronavirus swirling about, this is a question that we need to ask. He wants to drop off a food package and some much-needed baby wipes that he managed […]