The truth about depression – Part 2

Carrying on with the topic of depression I thought I would discuss ways to tackle negativity and move on with your life. If you haven’t read my last email, you can do so here (The truth about depression – Part 1) I think your best bet in life when you are stressed or feeling low is to shoulder your suffering, take … Read More

The truth about depression – Part 1

Seeing my accountant is not something that I look forward to on an annual basis. It kind of reminds me of when I was in standard 1 in the early 90s when I was still in Hong Kong. By the way, the education system there is very different compared to NZ – feeling stressed to perform at my best as … Read More

Do Not Underestimate Your Ability To Adapt

This was my first week back to work after four weeks of tears, joy, laughter, profound happiness, frustration, sporadic sleep, and extreme tiredness. I have mixed feelings about being back. Part of me wanted to go back so badly because I miss my work and interactions with my patients. However, the other part of me was reluctant to see the … Read More

How you have changed my life

Dear Son, It was only a little over a week now that you arrived in this world at 10:27 pm on June 5th, 2020, and ever since you have become the centre of our lives. Your presence became the cement that bonded your mum, and I even closer together. Although we’ve only known you for such a small period of … Read More

An open letter to my wife

To my partner in crime, I’ve known you for more than eight years now but not until almost six years ago that we started our relationship together. The first time we met was when we were working together – back then, you were a pharmacy student, and I was a pharmacist early in my career. I remember vividly on your … Read More

Battling against your Goliath

Being a pharmacist has taught me a great deal over the past ten years. If I have to name one thing that I’ve learned, which has changed my perspective in life; it’s the appreciation of the finer things in life. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not talking about fine wines and luxury items. By saying the finer things I’m referring … Read More

Nostalgic about the fragile pre-COVID normality?

As well all move into level 2 of the COVID lock-down, normality will slowly be re-instated. Kids will soon be back to school. Essential workers will continue doing what they do best by working on the front line. People who were working from home during the whole lock-down might find themselves continuing to from home. Majority of businesses, especially retailers and … Read More

Maintaining Concentration in Chaos

Hope that you have all been keeping well. I’ve been enjoying the sun today after the stormy weather earlier this week. Although Auckland needs the rain with the current drought – the region’s dams have dropped below halfway – the first time in more than 25 years! I’ve heard on the radio that we should all be conserving water – … Read More

Persevering through the COVID-19 storm

I am very grateful to be able to share my feelings and thoughts openly regularly with you. It was a humble feeling to realise how my writing has positively impacted not just your physical health but also your mental wellbeing. Being a pharmacist for a decade has taught me greatly on how to think like a sceptic and interpret information … Read More

An Open Letter To My Friend Who Is On A Crossroad Between 2 Decisions

I had a good friend who is being hugely affected by the COVID-19 situation. He asked me a question the other day, which resonates deeply within me, and I wanted to share it with you all. “Chris… things are adamant at the moment for me and my business. I have a big decision to make between 2 options. How do … Read More